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. bestmanO

    Win, Obama, Win

    January 31, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  2. Andy

    Laugh as much as you want and give your change to Obama. One-two years from now you'll cry as you did throughout the last 7-8 years.

    Hillary'08! because she is the only one that can the change the 'change' in your pocket to decent money. Don't just laugh, try to think a bit.

    January 31, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  3. Jerry,Denver,CO

    WOW! Yet another example of Obama's growing popularity, especially in the past month. Yesterday, here in Denver, Barack Obama drew an enormous crowd for his speech at Magness Arena. Everywhere you look in Denver there are signs and bumperstickers all proudly displaying our future Presidents name. I don't know about the other Super Tuesday states, but he will win here in Colorado FOR SURE!!! GO OBAMA!!!

    January 31, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  4. StopwatchingMSNBC, Rochester, NY

    I'm wondering, when was the last time this ticker had a positive story for Hillary or anyone else not named McCain or Obama?

    January 31, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |

    32 million from individuals.. and hillary is polling high ? now who is playing with those numbers ? never before have i seen this kind of excitement and people trying to help a candidate.. and that is because all believe in him and the his truth's not lie's and scandals

    January 31, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  6. Bill from Illinois

    Alright! And you can bet that this is 100% pure grade Rezko money! Go OBAMA!

    January 31, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  7. HC

    "the Illinois senator received contributions from 170,000 new donors in January"

    This is the most important news for the Democratic Party in a decade. The party is back because Obama has the ability to absorb individuals into the party who would have scoffed at such an idea only 3 years ago.

    These people WILL drop off and become neutral if Clinton should win (unless Obama joins the ticket)

    We are doing what the Republicans did as an organization once Bill Clinton came into power. The tables have turned.

    And win or lose, its all thanks to Obama

    January 31, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  8. Melissa in CA

    I donated twice to Obama. Each time they use sleazy attack against him, I send him more money.

    The Clinton Machine really knows how to galvanize and inspire people - the OPPOSITION that is!!

    January 31, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  9. DL

    Hillary Clinton's record is extraordinary and far superior to Barack Obama's. In another 5-10 years, Obama might be the best candidate. Today, the best person for the highest job in the land is Hillary Clinton. People need to give more care and consideration to the professional and civic achievements of both candidates and then ask themselves if both walked into the door of any public or private company to apply for the position of CEO, who has distinguished him/herself the most as of today. Hands down that person is Hillary Clinton.

    January 31, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  10. Sam

    It is funny how the Clinton supporters try to talk about Rezko. Did they read today's news about the Clintons? Another huge Clinton scandal hit the New York Times: Bill and the mining deal that funded millions to Bill. And Hillary did not help unions at all or women at Wal-mart.

    Obama has my vote. Tired of these ongoing scandals of the Clintons.

    January 31, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  11. VFB CA Independent

    I hope Obama does not win.
    Do you think that much money came from a $10 fundraiser? $100 donation?
    Be real folks. Are we living in the same planet? 32 million did not come from the everyday worker. It comes from folks with wealth.

    As far as fundraising Hillary broke no rules or agreements when she decided to fundraise in Florida or are some of just still thinking it is a "beauty contest".

    I found that the media and Obama offensive as to say the a beauty contest has "no value". Shame on you all, taking away hope from those folks.

    January 31, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  12. Aaron

    I've never donated to a candidate in my life until Barack Obama's bid for the presidency. It takes a little to get someone to agree and vote for you, it takes a whole lot more to get someone to agree, vote, and part with precious percentages of paychecks for you! i have never felt so good about giving what i could to a cause.

    i still can't beleive he raised 32 mil in a month!

    January 31, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  13. Family in Parkville

    I donated $75 for Barack Obama's campaign ... and I had never donated to a political campaign before !! This is different. My $75 matter because most of his supporters give a little when they can. Barack Obama is thankful for the smalllest amount and at the end all the 'little people' generate an incredible force.

    Everybody ..give $5, $10 or any whatever 'small' amount you can afford! Everybody counts, every contribution makes a difference !

    in Parkville

    January 31, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  14. Sharon

    He snubs Hillary at the State of the Union (sorry, but most people believe he snubbed her...even news media that don't like her), then criticizes her for "not talking to leaders we don't like"....will he talk to anyone he dosn't like? Will he snub foreign leaders in the White House?

    Can't even look at her and shake her hand....his advisor first says he was giving Kennedy and her privacy....then says someone else was talking to him...then tells a crowd "You need a candidate who will tell you the truth." Couldn't he have just come out and told the truth? That he didn't want to talk to her??????

    January 31, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  15. Aaron Hill

    That was a good thing that he did by rasing that much money in one month

    January 31, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  16. john Smart, Los Angeles, California

    wow – the obamites are crazy people. this guy is a fake and not worthy of the job. it's like beatlemania.

    January 31, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  17. No to Clinton

    Anon Middle America
    Do you want to discuss the amount Clinton had to give back? I think not...it is way higher than that! She had to give back over $850,000 to one donor alone and that doesn't even count the thousands of dollars from her China Town dish washers.
    Barack is the peoples candidate and Hillary is the PAC and Lobby candidate.
    I gave for the first time ever to Barack last year and am sending another $50 now.
    Obama 08
    Yes...WE CAN

    January 31, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  18. sandrah harris

    He and his family also need our prayers. I have donated money and prayer.

    January 31, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  19. Brandy

    Why is this breaking news? Are you going to break the news of what all the other candidates raised. Your motive to help keep Obama's momentum going from his SC rout is sooooooooo freakin' obvious CNN. You have truly lost all of my respect. As soon as this Super Tuesday is over, I will no longer even visit your website. How disappointing....

    Tip: There is some breaking news that Obama has been on the attack for two days..... odd how you haven't mentioned that at all.

    January 31, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  20. d

    You adore Obama... what does that mean. ????????????????????????????

    You are brainwashed by the media !!! All of them are Obama-ites... they are afraid to take any other stand; Al Sharpton would put them out of business.

    January 31, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  21. Kiran K

    This is the first time I am willing to be a donor to any presidential canditate in my life. I am ready to donate because I do not want to take the risk again by putting Clinton's back in office. Obama is great statesman. I believe in him. What Hillary Clinton can do when her husband Bill Clinton can't do in his 8 years of presidential term ? Clintons just can't live without power. They are very greedy for power and ready to do anything for that.

    January 31, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  22. Duncan, Richmond, VA

    You don't raise 32 million from individual contributions in 1 month..

    January 31, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  23. Faiza, Los Angeles, CA

    how is that breaking news? so he raised a lot of money, it's like a new poll which would suffice as breaking, whatever, I am not surprised though b/c he is having a lot of momentum which will pay huge on Super Tuesday.

    January 31, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  24. Kiki

    I am 38 and have never volunteered or financially supported a candidate until now. Senator Barack Obama IS the American dream and will do better in the oval office than the old status quo. Go Obama!!! All the way to the white house!!!

    Fired up and ready to go!!!

    Obama 2008!!!!!!!!

    January 31, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  25. Melvin H.

    Wham Obamaaaaa! Great going guy! That's the way to fight your enemies! Money talks and all else walks! Keep up the great performance Barack! See you in St. Louis My Friend!

    January 31, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
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