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. Adam in Indy

    Too bad he couldn't win with all that money!

    HILLARY 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 6, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. Theresa

    And he still managed to lose Texas and Ohio bettcha people are wanting their money back
    Hillary 08

    March 6, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. AISHA



    March 6, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  4. Jorge

    I really don’t understand why you guys in the media are talking about the importance of winning the big states in the primaries. Let’s be honest and reasonable, there is no way Sen. McCain can win Ohio against Sen. Obama. Why? Here you go; first of all he strongly supports NAFTA and all of the trade treaties similar to it. Second of all, the majority of democrats voting for Clinton already said that they would vote for Obama if he would be the nominee. Third and final, the amount of new voters that came out and voted for Obama will remain coming out and voting for Obama; this is what makes the coalition bigger for him against McCain. And that is only for Ohio, let’s talk about some other big states. Does anyone remember that McCain lost Wisconsin, and Obama won it? Does anyone remember that McCain lost Michigan? What is clear is this: Clinton is winning the states that the Democrats will win in November no matter who is the nominee. Obama is winning red states by such a big margin, that it could result in a real fight for those red states against McCain in the general election. Why then is no one talking about Obama’s appeal to the people in these, so called, red states? These are states that Clinton doesn’t even dream to win, states where the only factor of having a Clinton on the Democratic ticket would make most of the people vote for McCain. I don’t understand why the media is playing a big role in confusing the American people, is for their own personal interests? I don’t understand why no one in the media is objective enough to see that the best candidate for the Democratic Party is someone that UNITES people from red states and blue states, young and old, rich and poor, whites and blacks, latino and asian. Not someone that is just trying to divide the country and the Democratic Party itself. She is trying to win at all costs, she is trying to destroy HOPE, and trying to end the dream of a UNITED country with her divisive old politics.

    March 6, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. Elizabeth

    Woo Hoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Obama '08

    Yes, we can!!!!!

    March 6, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  6. lol

    guess he should have raised a 100 million in February, at least in that way he could have won more than 1 out of the 4 states – and the smallest one at that.

    People don't give a rat's tail about the same speech over and over again, nor do they give a rat's tail that he outspends her 2:1 in nearly every state, I have my candidate and am very proud of her. She will be great.

    I'm sure CNN will not post this on the Barack Obama Network. Oh well, at least I know in my heart that I wrote it.

    March 6, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  7. John

    obama is looking for attention! He still lost even with that money, sad! hillary 08

    March 6, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  8. zina

    I am so glad to have contributed to that! The people own Obama's campaign, not special interests as in the Clinton campaign.

    March 6, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  9. Kathy from Michigan

    Go Barack Obama!!!! I bet there will be at least 65 million in March and he won't have to give himself a loan or take any kick-backs from drug companies, health insurance companies or Comic Strip Writers (Stan Lee) or Promoters (Peter Paul). Nor will his schedule be interrupted becasue he has to fly to Los Angeles to be deposed in a Fraud case that will probably to tot trial near the general election, that has gone all the way to the Supreme Court.

    March 6, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  10. Bouba NY

    This is why ordinary people can do extraordinary things when they work together. I am just a student with no money, but I will not have a problem given Obama $20. He is the future holder of this nation...
    I respect Hill, but I think this is beyoung her. His nickname is Untouchable......Jack do you want to come back????

    March 6, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. Steve


    March 6, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  12. reggymack

    Wow. Great job Obama

    March 6, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  13. Brian

    Hillary, you're done. Get out of the race. Your Ohio and Texas victories, although impressive, were meaningless. You won, but not by enough to cut into Obama's lead.

    You can't win on delegates, you'll be hard-pressed to win the popular vote, and there are clearly more Americans taking to his message of hope than your messages of spin and fear.

    To go any further will be a vindictive exercise in blind, personal ambition.

    Please, for the love of the democratic party, step aside.

    OBAMA '08!!!

    March 6, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  14. First

    Money in the bank shawty what ya drank?

    March 6, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  15. Ben from D.C.


    March 6, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  16. Frits van de Sande

    Small question dear CNN, why are you not reporting on the news from Canada where it became clear the the PM chief of Staff Ian Brodie stated that he was approached by Hillary Clinton staff about Nafta. Telling him to take it with a grain of salt whatever she would state. In the end it turn out that it was not Obama who contacted Canadian institutes but the CLinton Campaign !!!

    March 6, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  17. D

    Now Hillary...SHOW ME YOUR TAX RETURNS...WHAT are you hiding?

    We will never let you win until we know you are clean...

    March 6, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  18. Donna Midkiff

    That is pretty admirable and a reflection of his supporters determination. Likewise, Hillary has similar momentum, however, money doesn't mean winner...Obama outspent Hillary at minimum 2 to 1 and she still won the popular vote, in two states by double digits.

    March 6, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  19. sbrown

    old news! We knew this last weak!

    March 6, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  20. Katherine Doan

    Hillary, take that!

    OBAMA '08!

    March 6, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  21. Tiffany

    Yes We can!!!!!!

    March 6, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  22. GEORGIA ohio

    i am sure if it takes the clinton dynasty and the republican of texas combined to beat obama by 3pts i wounder what he can do to mccain in the fall down in texas.

    obama 08

    March 6, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  23. Independent American

    All I have to say is wow Mr. Obama your incredible!!

    March 6, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  24. jj

    He spent most of it if not all in the state of Texas! He better get back to fund rasing!!

    March 6, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |

    SO WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!





    March 6, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
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