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. Alex

    Hillary doesn't need money to win:

    It just shows people are so scared of her that his supporters have to throw money at him to feel that he still stands a chance.

    January 31, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  2. Brian

    I wonder how much of the money was from that Chicago slumlord. Go Hillary!

    January 31, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  3. Jimmy, Oklahoma Feb. 5th

    There is enough Democrats that feel comfortable with John McCain over Barack Obama. Alot, I mean Alot of Senator Clintons votes will go over to John McCain if Obama wins the primary. I have been a Democrat for years and have no respect in the way Obama has mislead people, and has lied to the American peoiple during his campaign. Thanks Obama for trying to take the White House away from us Democrats again. Thanks John Kerry for your attempt to knock down this Great Nation for personal bennfit. Remember you did NOT WIN EITHER. NOW YOU ARE TAKING OBAMA DOWN WITH YOU.

    Clinton OR McCain 2008 A College Grad male that is the same age as Obama

    January 31, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  4. Jim ( Independent )

    Obama has regular folks donating this money and that speaks volumes about this Obama train.

    YES WE CAN !

    January 31, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  5. Diddy

    I think this is another example of why He Needs to be the President. The amoiunt of people who've never been apart of the political system are now donating time and money. At the head quarters I use my own cell phone because all the booths are taken for phone banking. The amount of people who are becoming involved is amazing. It speaks well for him and should be a lessoin for the remaining candidates. America is ready to move forward with a new kind of leadership.

    January 31, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. Virginia CA

    Truthmatters: You're right. He's already taken more than enough political contributions from Tony Rezko.

    January 31, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  7. peter



    January 31, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  8. AJ, IL

    WOW! Yep, I was one of the new donors in January. Never invested in politics before, but now I feel different.

    Obama in '08!

    January 31, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  9. WBMT

    he has got to translate this into (effective) political advertising across 22 states in 5 days to compete...or Super Tuesday could quickly turn into Black Friday, or Dark Tuesday or just bad news for the home team

    January 31, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. Michelle

    GO BARACK!!!!! Show the American people what HOPE can do!!!!

    January 31, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  11. No

    I don't want a n00b in the white house.
    As an independant I would vote for the war monger before this guy!!

    January 31, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  12. anon middle america

    It's a good thing after Barack's staff had to dump another $100,000 in donations from his long time friend and fundraiser Tony Rezko under cover of darkness the other night AND Tony was finally arrested by the FBI for alleged fraud, bilking the teachers' pension fund and making campaign contributions in return for long term political favors!!

    Barack admitted that it was a "BONE-HEADED MISTAKE" and in all has had to donate at least a $170,000 to charity.


    BUT he didn't even make the vote on the Iranian sanctions because he was too busy stumping and fundraising = ANOTHER MISTAKE (or perhaps conspiracy)

    January 31, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  13. S Williams

    I really hope Obama wins.

    But according to most polls, the majority of white democrats and latinos are for Hillary. Plus many old guard black politicians want to put the Clintons back in the white house as well.

    Since now that the campaigns are going out west . . . . it's going to be AWFULLY difficult for Obama.

    January 31, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  14. Lisa

    I'm as frugal as you get and I too donated to Obama. Never donated to a candidate in my life. Will donate again next paycheck. Investing in our future!

    Obama 08!!!!!

    January 31, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  15. Go Blue

    About a year ago, I went to a $10 fundraiser for Barack Obama at a bar. A friend of mine who is supporting Mrs. Clinton laughed at the thought of a $10 fundraiser.

    Who's laughing now? 🙂

    January 31, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  16. LisaMpls

    How does this compare to the other candiates? CNN, do you have this info?

    January 31, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  17. united for truth

    Wow!! 32 million dollars–Americans really need a change and transformation of our political system indeed. No more corporate lobbyist and status quo-ENOUGH America! President Obama will absorb our anguish and divisions with positive solutions, confident to greet the future with resolute sense of hope and optimism.

    January 31, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  18. Tony

    and this is news worthy why?

    January 31, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  19. Cheryl

    Go Obama! 2008
    We love you!!

    January 31, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  20. Jim ( Independent )


    January 31, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  21. Susan

    Did Oprah have a give-away with rules to donate to a "charity"?

    January 31, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  22. Kelly W

    I am in complete agreement about the Clintons, I have nevr given to a political campaign, but agreed not to spend any money on entertainment and dinners to donate to Obama. If the Clinton(s) are the nominee, I will have to go with McCain.

    January 31, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  23. Tim

    This many donors shows haw many republicans are making donations to help Obama's campaign to get Hillary out of the nominee. The GOP is scared to run against Hillary. If Obama wins the nominee, the GOP will cut him to threads.

    January 31, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  24. Obama Supporter

    WoW !

    January 31, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  25. Jimmy, Oklahoma Feb. 5th

    How do any of you know where he gets his money. He is no different then any other politician. We at the Clinton Camp are not talking about other campaigns, nor are we bragging like you little kids on the Obama team. Edward Kennedy was believe to have killed his mistress in the 80"s while he was a young Senator everyone knew the Kennedy's were Playboy's. Did not stop us from loving them. Ed Kennedy was not John Kenndys favorite, It was Bobby that he was closes to, and all of Bobby Kennedy's kids endorsed Clinton.

    January 31, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
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