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.


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soundoff (502 Responses)
  1. quorny

    CNN loves them some Obama.....

    January 31, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  2. Rob

    It is REALLY funny how Obama-haters fill every board about him with irrelevant information that has nothing to do with the article at hand. There is no crime in accepting money from Rezko. It has the APPEARANCE of being unethical. But no actual quid pro quo. What would be criminal is if Obama repaid that money or real estate buy with influence, deals, etc. So far, nothing turns up. He's clean.

    For example>>>Kinda like Bill Clinton's million dollar uranium mine deal Ukrainian businessman kickback for his donations, that'll make Rezko look like a 'has been'. Add the fact the Clintons were photographed with Rezko in 1996 and given their tendency for scandal, Obama looks clean as a fresh diaper.

    January 31, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  3. Lucia

    I don't agree with how campaigns are run in this day in age. 32 MILLION dollars in January alone, adding to the other millions and millions of dollars spent for personal gain. It makes me sick! Millions of dollars thrown away, more so than any other campaign largely due to how early it all began. I hope that after all this is over with some of that money will go to good use. I won't donate because I think enough money has been spent in this race, but it is amazing how Obama has made it to the top.

    January 31, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  4. Marty CA

    Hillary has raised more than enough money through individual donations to carry her through the entire campaign season in style.

    Aren't y'all excited about tonight's debate in Los Angeles? With only 2 on the stage, this ought to really separate the wheat from the chaff.

    Go Hillary! California is firmly behind you!!

    January 31, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  5. Karin

    Oh, and to Alice in Florida -
    Where were these complaints BEFORE the primary?
    just curious.

    January 31, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  6. blackman

    GREETINGS MY FELLOW OBAMA SUPPORTERS!!!! (SMILE)

    I THINK THE INSIDER WASH., D.C. DEMOCRATS ARE GETTING NERVOUS!!!
    HA HA HA..... THE ANN LEWISES & JIM CARVILLE'S..... ALONG WITH THE OTHER CLINTON KOOL AID POISEN DRINKERS....

    GLORIA STEINEM & ALL THE OTHER FAKE "SO CALLED FEMINIST"!!!!

    LOOK..... THE MORE UNITED WE "PROGRESSIVE AMERICANS BECOME", BLACK, WHIT, ASIAN & HISPANIC...... THE MORE YOU CAN COUNT ON THE REPUKES & INSIDER DEMS, TO ATTACK OBAMA!!!!

    READ THE NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE ABOUT BILL'S $100MILLION SHADY URANIUM DEALS WITH A FORMER SOVIET REPUBLIC COUNTRY'S DICTATOR!!!

    AND YES HILLARY KNEW ABOUT THIS SHADY CRAP WHILE A SENATOR & SAID NOTHING BECAUSE THE GUY GAVE CLINTON'S FOUNDATION TENS OF MILLIONS FOR HIS "LOBBYING"!!!!

    THE CLINTON'S ARE "POLITICAL ANIMALS", WHO WOULD SELL THEMSELVES TO THE DEVIL FOR POWER!!!!

    NO DRAMA WITH OBAMA IN 2008!!!!

    January 31, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  7. Brian, Highland Park, NJ

    Every little bit helps and this shows it. We need to keep it coming folks. These next few weeks are the most critical.

    Yes we can,
    -bh

    January 31, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  8. TJS

    He will probably get alot of support for giving drivers lic. to the illegals. But is it american support?

    January 31, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  9. Warren

    The O-TRAIN is going all the way to the WHITE HOUSE! Obama in 2008... AMERICA needs a REAL CHANGE!

    January 31, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  10. Kevin

    ITs so nice to see these people come out with ridiculous ways to spin this. You cant spin this, Obama has a lot more supporters than you think. We, the young people will push you oldies, this is a generational thransformation. If Hillary wins, Many will not vote for her, and the Democrats will lose to a war addict. We must stand up to these people and must fight for a caue. It is easy to go against something, a.k.a. Hillary being the anti-bush, rather than being for something, a.k.a. Obama with his transformation to fix the political system and make it work for us, the real people, not the lobbyist and insurance companies.

    January 31, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  11. Paula, Mobile, AL

    Yay Obama!!! I am glad to have supported this great candidate.

    January 31, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  12. Brian

    And today we learned Bill Clinton received $131,000,000 from Mining Financier Giustra. Wonder why Clinton's won't release names of all contributors to his libary and foundation?

    January 31, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  13. s callahan

    I gave my FIRST EVER politcal donation to Obama as well..only $25.00 but if we all gave that it would really add up.
    I just don't want Clinton in. i'm sick of the same ole' politics demroalizing our country. I still haven't decided who gets my vote and intend to give 25.00 to McCain as well until i make up my mind.. Though McCain is of the old school he was progressive in his stance and Obama at least has the courage to state change is needed.

    January 31, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  14. goClinton

    So I have to turn to PerezHilton to get the news that Obama attacked Clinton last night during a speach.......CNN should use the catch phrase "your leader in Obama support"

    January 31, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  15. bob, IOWA

    Hold tight Clinton may announce today that she raised 32.5. million! You know how she likes to try and 1up Obama. I just donated another $25 for change.

    January 31, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  16. Ann

    So what? It just shows he has already sold out the American people and that he is not a candidate of change. Wake up America! Ron Paul for President and Mike Huckabee for Vice President are your best choices if you want to save this country.

    January 31, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  17. Joanne

    I'm very proud to have donated to the Obama campaign. In the past I've given to Gore, Kerry and worked in both their campaigns which I plan to do here in PA for Obama 08'

    January 31, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  18. Media has it right

    Finally there is news coming out as to why the Clinton's cannot be trusted. See the New York Post article about Obama endorsement–they state about all the Clinton scandals and they cannot be trusted. Now today in the New York Times there is an article about "An ex-president, a mining deal, and a big donor" Here again showing that the Clinton's cannot be trusted. This is why there is an overwhelming support for Obama who is not taking in PAC money or other special interest money. They want someone in office without all the scandals and dishonesty which go all the way back to Arkansas–all you Hillary supporters do your research before you vote. We certainly do not need someone in the highest office in this land with so much baggage!!! Don't believe the show the Clinton's are putting on, because you will the sucker then.

    January 31, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  19. scgamecock

    Obama is the new face of American politics, we NEED this man to be president; as a nation we'll have taken such a huge leap forward when he becomes president. Vote Barack Obama !!

    January 31, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  20. Brian Tampa, FL

    Too bad he is only polling ahead in one Super Tuesday state. This race will be over very soon and Obama will be the loser. I am no Hillary fan but the writing is on the wall. Thanks for playing!

    January 31, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  21. Sublime Dialectic

    I have never been compelled to donate in a presidential campaign. I have for the first time January 2008. I'm proud to be a part of Senator Obama's campaign chest. It's a good thing!!

    I wish more people would go out and honestly research his views and presentations!!! I have and I've never felt more American because of it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 31, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. Andrea, Anaheim

    In light of what just came out about $30 million buying Bill Clinton's support for a strip mine in Kazakhstan, the fact that HIllary trolls are still trying to beat the dead horse about Rezko is a JOKE.

    Your guy (and his wife since just sold out his "environmental pledge" for $30 million.

    January 31, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  23. benvictor

    Quite the haul of money. Does CNN know who the donors are? Stories have been running about monies having to be returned. Is the $32 million net of the monies that have had to be returned? This is reminding me more and more of Mitt Romney and the vast resources he is pouring into the campaign. John has taken on new life, but was almost broke. So, this money is probably the bad omen about to visit BO. I think ordinary people look at this with disgust and want no part of this candidate.

    January 31, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. Joseph Johnson NC

    Who cares about how much money a candidate can raise. This election is about electing a President that not only talks about change, but has the ability to make that change happen. Go Hillary Clintion!

    January 31, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  25. Kevin

    At least CNN takes less time to moderate

    January 31, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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