March 6th, 2008
07:58 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama raises $55 million in February

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Obama raised $55 million in February."](CNN) - Barack Obama’s campaign said Thursday that it had set a new campaign fundraising record, raising $55 million in February – roughly $20 million more than rival Hillary Clinton during the same time period. Nearly all of the money came in the form of contributions that can be used during the primary process.

The campaign said that 727,972 donors contributed to the campaign last month, including 385,101 first-time contributors. More than one million individuals have donated to Obama’s presidential campaign since it began last year.

More than $45 million of the February haul came in the form of online contributions, according to the campaign. More than 90 percent of those donations were $100 or less; half were $25 or less. Three-quarters of online donors in February were first-time contributors, and more than a third of those individuals went on to engage in volunteer activity coordinated through the campaign’s Web site.

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  1. Gary Peterson

    This is just awesome! I was one of those donors, and will be again. Go Obama!

    March 6, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  2. BRyan

    I guess Hillary was right, experience does pay.

    She had 2/3rds the money and won 3/4 the states..

    55 million and he could not win ?

    Are you people sure you want this Inexperienced fellow running all of our money?

    March 6, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  3. LifeLongDemocrat

    Buy the election Obama!

    A lot of hungry kids out there could use the money. You really did a two-step on public financing.

    March 6, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  4. bora

    Here's part of an article on NY Times today (part of the conversation with Obama's sister in Kenya). Obama can't even remember his first meeting with her. Or it could be that he changed it to look better in his book.

    Strangely, Obama places his pivotal first meeting with Auma at a Chicago airport rather than the Greyhound terminal, where she says it happened.

    “I pulled into the airport parking lot at a quarter past three and ran to the terminal as fast as I could,” Obama writes in “Dreams.” He goes on: “Panting for breath, I spun around several times, my eyes scanning the crowd of Indians, Germans, Poles, Thais and Czechs gathering their luggage.” Then he sees “an African woman emerging from behind the customs gate.”

    This appears to be one of the “lapses of memory” for which he excuses himself in the introduction. I’m not sure how a bus station morphs into an airport “at a quarter past three,” but I’ll excuse him; the courage and intellectual honesty with which he quested for often painful memory are singular. “He can be trusted,” says Auma, “to be in dialogue with the world.”

    March 6, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
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