January 31st, 2008
12:30 PM ET
14 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. Hmmn...

    Seems to me that the Obama people really don't want change that badly because they keep giving all of their change to him...

    January 31, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  2. norma

    So Mr. "take no prisoners" "push for public funding guy is raking it in by the tons.
    And, he won't owe anybody favors if he should win the Presidency? Gotcha!
    Let's see, that would be a couple of million from Ted Kennedy; a couple more million from Caroline Kennedy; a couple more million from Arnold Schwartsenegger; and George Clooney a couple of million – maybe Brittany Spears a couple – so pretty boy could maybe be in the movies in a couple of years. And this is what you're basing your votes on! Gee, maybe George Clooney could be his vice president and we'd have the best darn "hottest" team the world has ever seen.

    Whatever happened to just being qualified for the job???

    Keep it up CNN – after watching the Republican debate last night – its again so obvious that you've picked your candidate, and you absolutely scoff at every candidate but McCain. Like Obama on the other side, you have pandered to a particular individual in every debate. Even though I'm a Hilary backer, you were only solitious to Hucklebee and Ron Paul. McCain, like all Republicans have done – hogged the entire debate – and you let him. Shame Shame – I've taken
    to listening to the radio to get what, if any, straight talk I can find.

    Yeah – Anderson Cooper – we're keeping them honest okay.

    January 31, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. Gene in Texas

    Obama rocks! My two little kids listen to you all the time. They told me what a terrific and talented orator you’re.

    TEXAN LOVES YOU! COME SEE US SOON!

    January 31, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  4. Dennis

    Good for Obama. He has a powerful message and he inspires people. I think way too much is made of his perceived "lack of experience," and I think Hillary's "35 years of experience" are way overblown.

    I donated to Obama twice in January. I had never given to a political campaign before.

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

    Norma,
    You're disappointed but you're also delusional. Your "girl" has taken close to $75 million from lobbyists. Her husband has taken at least $30 million more from a uranium strip-miner in Europe (and we know that's just the tip of the iceberg).

    We know you, and the rest of the ardent Hillaryites, want to throw a temper-tantrum about this but the facts are the facts.

    January 31, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  6. Hayden

    32 million in one month? What does that prove other than our system is awash in money. Our system is broken and I doubt if Barack Obama is the one to fix it.

    January 31, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  7. Joe, Chicago

    We love you Barack!

    My family voted for you in Florida, we're voting for you in Illinois, and we are voiting for you in New York!

    January 31, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  8. Patrick

    I have never donated to a Presidental campaign before. I really believe in Obama. Plus another 4 years of the Clintons is too much to bare.

    January 31, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  9. Sfizio

    How much do you wanna bet that most of the money he raised came from special interest using fronts to cover for them. I wonder how much of his money came from poor people? I live in Bronx NY and while all the hype around Obama is amusing, we don't need a rockstar for president , we need someone who gets things done and ask people of NYC like myself and we can tell real stories of how Hillary has been a very effective advocate. Oh and just for the record I'm a 38 year old African American male professor.

    January 31, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. X-republican

    Yes We Can!!!!!!
    Donated another $Ben Franklin $ *this morning*
    This is my new monthly payment thru November
    Fired up and ready 2 go!

    January 31, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  11. Amy

    Gotta love it! Everyone complains they are broke, economy is sinking – Here is why. People keep your money to yourself. This is crazy. Come on think about it.. None of them are worth it. Let them have to have bake sales, and sell candy like we have to so our kids can get things at school or go on a trip.

    January 31, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  12. Texas for Hillary

    Sometimes even ALL the money in the world cannot buy you what you want.

    January 31, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  13. united for truth

    We’re the greatest nation on the face of the earth, yet we allow ourselves to be brainwashed, and mislead.
    It is absolutely deplorable that we have to borrow money from poor China. What a crap? Let's put Americans to work, let's put food to the table. Let's reclaim our country from the corrupt Washington lobbyists. Let's reward our teachers, soldiers, scientists, etc. No doubt, Obama will do all this if given the opportunity -with patience and optimism we will reclaim our future- the reward for forbearance at the end is resounding success.

    We love you Obama!!

    January 31, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  14. Looking Ahead

    Beware:
    With Obama we will get the Kennedy brand of liberalism.
    Also, in 2016 we can expect one of the Kennedy clan
    to run for president.
    With your vote, you choose.

    January 31, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  15. M Carlson

    Go, Obama, go!

    How can you not raise $32M in a month when you have Oprah as a friend and supporter?

    Go, Obama, go!

    January 31, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  16. Parker

    I so don't get the Obama thing, the man is all talk and no action. What are the new politics he represents? Spin the Clintons... talk about change, but record doesn't support it...say you have the backbone and personal grit to make real change happen, yet take the safe middle road when your vote counts...

    If Obama represents new politics, it's sure seems a lot like the old politics.

    January 31, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  17. Martin Lyons

    If we were attacket by terorists again, would Obama vote "Present"?

    January 31, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  18. Bibi

    "Yes we can!" is a theme for the United Farmworkers Union (sí se puede) .
    They have given their suppot to Hillary not Obama. This should be noted. Speaking as a college educated latino, many of us are backing Hillary because we prefer not to roll the dice on the economy. We Know she is the sharpest tool in the shed and that she can do much more for us.

    January 31, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  19. Carl

    I am also proud to say I donated. It was only $50, but for the first time I actually feel like every bit counts and that even a few dollars can add up to equal the weight of Obama's words, "Yes We Can." Obama represents a powerful movement that makes people believe once again in the United States and makes us able to see its potential. I can only hope that this helps swing people from Clinton to Obama, for millions of americans will be disheartened if she wins the nominee.

    January 31, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  20. OBAMA even in CALI!!

    Hey everyone – Obama and Hillary are EVEN in California!!! HOLY COW!!!!

    January 31, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  21. Nesa

    Senator Obama: A new vision for America, a departure from Bush and Clinton era.
    Vision matched with brillance equal wisdom. Senator Obama has an analytical mind. He looks at the problems facing American, then he gets to the roots of the problems which are the Congress and the House of Representatives and starts to make change at that level. Because of his brillance and vision, he will then choose his cabinet wisely and start from day 1 to attack the many problems facing America. Many years of experience in the political arena is not a necessity given his vision and brillance. He reminds me of a brillant chess player whose every move is thought of with great tenacity. May God guide you Senator Obama in taking American to heights where it has never been and may the future of my six year old daughter be secured when she becomes an adult.

    January 31, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  22. Becky

    why do you keep comments in awaiting moderation hell CNN???? Anything against Obama is not allowed I guess....wow...you can't be accused of being fair and balanced!!!!

    January 31, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  23. Evangelicals for Obama

    As a conservative, I'm voting for Obama, enough of the disastrous policies of my phony evangelical friends!

    OBAMA 08

    January 31, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  24. Karen

    Just a thought........ 170,000 doesn't even get him Florida.

    January 31, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  25. Kevin

    norma

    You don't understand half of the things you are talking about. 170,000 new people does not mean "Let's see, that would be a couple of million from Ted Kennedy; a couple more million from Caroline Kennedy; a couple more million from Arnold Schwartsenegger; and George Clooney a couple of million " But of course, your just a troll, so who cares about your opinion. You are a Hillary backer, that gets most of her money from lobbysits, insurance companies, and bunch other things. Yet Obama can get 32 million in one month, without insurance companies, drug companies, only the American people. BTW, Anderson Cooper is the least biased out of all of them, with Lou Dobbs at the bottom of that list. Its easier to be against something than being for something!

    January 31, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
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