January 31st, 2008
12:30 PM ET
15 years ago

Obama raises $32 million in January

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/01/31/art.obamamoney.ap.jpg caption=" Obama has raised over $30 million in January."]LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) - Democrat Barack Obama raised $32 million in the month of January alone for his presidential bid, CNN's Candy Crowley confirms.

That total roughly equals his previous best three-month fundraising haul.

The campaign would not divulge how much money it has on hand - a more accurate measure of a campaign's financial health going forward.

A campaign source also tells CNN the Illinois senator received contributions from 170,000 new donors in January.

The Clinton campaign would not indicate how much money it had raised in the same time period.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (502 Responses)
  1. abdalla

    I think this the time people should chenge, I storngly belive that abama can change America. I donate for him twic. I will donate for him again. go abama and Gob bless you

    January 31, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  2. padmashree velury

    I am a republican but i am so impressed with Obama that i am going to vote for him. He is like breathe of fresh air to politics and that's what we need. I wish him all the best for tonight's debate and for the election.

    January 31, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  3. Ardnuas

    WTG Barack................ YES.......WE......CAN
    This country is so GREAT !!! Look at what we can do when we unite as a country.

    January 31, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  4. Stephina

    January 31, 2008 12:51 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    When I want a good laugh during the day, I just log on here to read all the comments posted by the Obama Lovers and the Clinton Haters.

    What truly makes me laugh are the posts that compare Obama to the late JFK and how he will magically, through his words of hope and change (an no detailed plans or solutions), transform the nation into Camelot. (LOL)

    The truth is that all anyone will get with Obama is DREAM-A-LOT.

    Anyone EXCEPT Obama in 2008!!!!!

    January 31, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  5. dee


    your experience. The experience they are talking about is not by definition. They are talking about a Bush period of bitterness, partisan politics. The Bush years have made people bitter to the point of saying you are not experienced / (Bitter) enough because you are not expressing partisan bitterness. Mrs. Maxine Waters said it was Hillary’s policy as to why she endorsed Hillary Clinton. I thought your recent economic stimulus proposal was more on point than any other proposed stimulus plan presented. Representative Walters has had many problems in congress with the GOP and with the Bush administration. Some may vote Hillary because they believe Hillary will be a Bush (Partisan President) for Democrats, in only helping Democrats. As Democrats, we always had a long history of reconciliatory gestures towards the other political parties, building lasting relationships, as a model for governments around the world. It will not be fruitful at this stage for congress and others to back a partisanship government for any reason, especially not for revenge. Democratic Party truly represents the teaching of Christ Jesus. Grace runneth over in paying our debts, as we rightly see the only man. As we remove that beam out of our way, calling itself bitterness, resentment and condemnation. That is not about the American Dream. People want Change that includes all. Now, is the time for courageous thinkers! Many of our Washington Status quo representatives fear a change. Most of their courageous constituents want change that blesses all America. This movement is about healing a nation. With your message, people are starting to see the possibilities that were thought to be impossible.

    Change we can believe in

    Obama 08

    January 31, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  6. AJ, IL

    Hillary Clinton is not presidential without Bill Clinton at her side. Plain and Simple. All this B.S. about Hillary being EXPERIENCED or having 35 years experience makes me wanna hurl. So Hillary is claiming that since she was 25 years old (coming out of law school) she gained experienced? At What? Being a corporate lawyer for the largest law firm in Arkansas from her time out of law school to the time Bill Clinton ran for the President in 1991. Granted Hillary did a lot of women and children advocate work as First Lady of Arkansas and the US, and still manage to make over $200,000 a year back in the 1980s. That is admirable but not publicly elected office experience.

    January 31, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  7. Dave in Spokane

    Barack is a great candidate, and will make a great president. I think that a million people must have given some $ when Hillary tried her racist dirty tricks. She and Bill should be ashamed.

    January 31, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  8. bjohnson

    Finally we no longer have to choose the less of two evils, for once we all will truly experience a change for the common good of all man kind! Get out there and BARACK THE VOTE!!!

    January 31, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  9. omatseye

    And to Ray and the Jimmy from Oklahoma. look for a better counter arguement. and try to stay on the radar instead of letting us know you obviously are from the clinton camp.

    January 31, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  10. Obama Mama

    For the very first time I have donated to a political candidate. I have made three small donations, and will hopefully make another soon. This is because for the first time in my adult life, I have been inspired in a way that makes me believe we can become the country and people of our ideals. He gives us something to live up to, not to settle for.

    I truly pray we elect him to lead our nation.

    January 31, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  11. John B.

    I can't believe how many claim that this country needs someone with substance and strength, and then ruin it all by claiming that Hillary would fill that role.

    January 31, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  12. Jake

    I too donated for the first time for an election, I believe in Obama! Clinton scares me, at least four more years of the same CRAP if she gets elected.

    January 31, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  13. Califonia Girl

    Even my Life-long, Ann Coulter-Reading, Republican parents are considering voting for Obama over the republican candidates.

    Oh, and even Some democrats can't stand Hillary.

    Did anyone here get polled? I didn't think so. Most people my age have only cell phones. POLLS MEAN NOTHING.

    Obama 08!

    January 31, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  14. Lucy (independent)

    That's GREAT news!
    Hispanics for OBAMA!

    January 31, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  15. RGV for Hillary

    Gee CNN, can you give any more good press to Obama? CNN makes me sick. Why aren't you doing any stories on Hillary? Is it because you have endorsed Obama? CNN, you should just admit it already!

    January 31, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  16. Pam

    Hey David the Blackman, this is Pam the white lady.

    If you have seen the online donation form for Barack's campaign it clearly indicates the limit on donations is $2300 per person and you are required to attest that you are not representing ANY institution and that you are not donating on behalf of another. I can be cynical at times but I can not imagine that a Christian Church is going to cross those lines. Call me naive, you won't be the first. Call me a white lady with hope for the good of all people and you will be right on.

    January 31, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  17. Dan, TX

    Obama vs. McCain. Either way it's better than Hillary. So, if the Hillary supporters vote for McCain. GREAT!!!!!!

    But McCain can only win with Hillary's support.

    January 31, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  18. john v

    I would just be nice if he had some real experience. Talk is nice but he has shown in his Senate votes to not ever take on the tough decision votes.

    January 31, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  19. Jacob

    Go Obama!

    Does America really need 24 years of the Bush's & Clinton's? And McCain and Romney is more of the same...

    America needs change and we are going to get it!

    It's the 32% that still support Bush that are living in a dream world my friend.

    January 31, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  20. Enraged

    Ah, the glorious sounds of ignorant Americans dragging their knuckles and parroting the same verbal diarrhea as their favorite political pundits. Truly this is the greatest nation in the world...that is, if you consider widespread inanity to be "great." The greatest failing of this once-great experiment is the fact that it now relies on a stupid, lazy, uninformed electorate that believes in magical sky fairies versus observable scientific fact. Here's a thought, perhaps this country should require an IQ test before you are granted the right to vote. Maybe then the people with a fully-functional brain and the ability to read can ensure that the slack-jawed yokels who voted for Bush twice are never allowed to see the inside of a voting booth again.

    January 31, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  21. european spectator

    come on guys! Don't make this a boring Hillary-McCain general. The whole world is is sitting and noticing whats happening. Those guys are not gonna make the world like and support americans. And america needs the support and goodwill given the terrible mess that you guys are in right now.

    January 31, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  22. Devin MA

    The audacity of fund raising.

    January 31, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  23. Andrew Kenneth

    Oi have just tried to donate 200$ more to Obama but the servers are too busy will donate tomorrow.
    He was supposed to be blown away by the lean mean Clinton machine by now ,but it looks like hes gaining momentum and winning the hearts and minds of Americans from all walks of life.The more people hear about him the more they like him.
    I was a cynic till he won Iowa.
    He's right he has showed so much courage, just having the audacity of hope.
    Suddenly HRC's win doesn't seem so inevitable, with Boratgate and Clinton the movie playing in a theater near you, i don't think she'll come out looking so hot.
    Meanwhile he is energizing the youth and redefining the political landscape, the reason why all the polls are misleading is because he pulls in more first time voters and independents.
    Hate him or love him, hes running a great campaign, and i am honored to donate the little i have to someone like him who has the courage to stand up for us.


    January 31, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  24. LisaMpls

    Those who claim that Hillary and Bill are racist MAKE ME SICK!!!! You should be ashamed of yourselves. We ALL know that is not true. Your dearly beloved Obama even knows that is not true.

    January 31, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  25. JoAnne

    Obama shows his true colors!!! Go Hillary.... he is visably upset regarding the comment and the response from the audience that "It may take another Clinton to clean up the 2nd Bush. He is not keeping ground with Hillary.

    January 31, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
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