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. Dan

    I agree with Jorge. Obama would destroy McCain in most of the primary states that Clinton has won. Plus, unlike Hillary, Obama considers every state important and in play, and that's why he's attracting so much support in EVERY state, including those Hillary considers "unimportant". Obama can beat McCain in many so called "red" states because he doesn't see them as "red states", he sees them as part of the United States!


    March 6, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  2. Shannon Shiflett


    March 6, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  3. John

    Here we go again with some fuzzy math if more than 90% of the donation were under $100 with half of them to be $25 than he would have had to have over 800,000 people contribute just to make up the 90%. Unless I am reading it wrong the statement says that there were 727,927 donors. It seems fuzzy to me or maybe this is just playing the same old politics lets call Canada and find out.

    Come on Obama there are people out there that are going to figure you out give us true numbers and true statments not just uplifting speeches, and no I am not a Hillary supporter I would rather have John Edwards or Al Gore in office then we would have real change and experience.

    March 6, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  4. Dave

    Hillary did NOT "kick his butt" on Tuesday. While we are still waiting to hear the result of the Texas caucus, it is likely that Hillary only gained 4 (that's right folks, FOUR, Count 'em....1, 2, 3, 4) delegates on him that day. Sorry folks, but that's not NEARLY enough for her to catch up to him on the ELEVEN wins in a row he had before that day.

    The only way for Hillary to catch up at this point is through means that most democrats agree will likely split the party:
    1) Call in old favors and promise new ones to get the superdelegates to go against the will of the people.
    2) Go back on her word to get the Florida and Michigan delegates seated without some sort of a re-vote.

    Madison, WI

    March 6, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  5. danee003

    I think clinton should thank the conservative canadian government for the well timed nafta memo. It took this man time to let people see that he stands for more than just a candidate and he has gained the trust of milions . it is just too bad that clinton wants to pick up that red phone in the white house when she picks up this unconfirmed info and run with it like the gospel, this is what obama has been taking about on the issue of judgement and shows exactly how she made her vote to support the iraq war.I hope obama continues to run with integrity and honor as he has done and not stoop ,but continue to rise up till he get to the oval office

    new hampshire she CRIED.
    ohio she went to the gutter and trash bags .
    what's next?

    March 6, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  6. Frank

    He raised and spent a lot of money but still lost...too bad.

    Hillary 08

    March 6, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  7. Lety- Texas

    I wonder how many more favors obama has to sell to the Iraqi bilionaire Ad. Rauch, or Oprah to make his "supposed" record. America, wake up out of your stupor-obama has the shadiest friends, don't say you weren't warned. GO HILLARY!

    March 6, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  8. Chanad

    I agree no strings ya right catch the part that most of it has to go to the general campaign because its people that have maxed their amount for the primary!!! THe rich dontate cause they know he can make the rich richer!!!! I dont believe no string!!!!!!! I am just going to donate more to Hillary!!!!! GO HILLARY!!!!! WE NEED YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 6, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  9. Jared

    Way to go, Hillary! I contributed to the 3 million raised in 24 hours. I doubled my contribution to help Hillary raise 6 million in 48 hours. Yay!

    March 6, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  10. Matt

    Win all the states you want.... (even though we have more)

    How does the delgate count look? I mean who has more delegates?


    March 6, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  11. Brian Hughes

    Congratulations to Senator Clinton on her three victories this past Tuesday.

    However, I am more than happy to make sure Senator Obama has the resources to introduce himself to States that haven't heard his name for the past 20 years, especially when the name (Clinton) is connected to any number of scandals.

    I believe the State count so far is 27 States for Obama and 14 States for Clinton.

    I believe Senator Obama holds a 100+ pledged delegate lead and has cut Senator Clinton's Super Delegate lead from 100+ down to about 35 or 40.

    I believe Senator Obama holds a lead in the popular vote.

    I honestly hope Florida and Michigan get a "do-over." She's already been claiming them as victories anyway so even if she won both of them again, nothing will have changed in her eyes. But if Senator Obama were to win one or both of them, he's just that much closer to earning the nomination in an honest manner.


    March 6, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  12. Bayou Joe

    If middle America is broke and the poor don't have money, Where is the money coming from? Can anyone tell me where all this money is coming from? I smell overseas money which is not allowed for U.S. Elections. CNN needs to check this out. Inquiring minds need to know.

    March 6, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  13. Mitchell

    It is well known that polotics has always been a "Blood Sport" and it seems this years election is no different . I applaud Barack Obama for his constant persistance in keeping himself out of the insult game. The man is the definition of American Citizen and not only deserves our respect but to be president as well. This is a man who truly believes that the way to get votes is to be himself. If he is not the candidate that America wants then that will be obvious soon and im sure he will handle any "Loss" with dignity and his head held high. But let us hope that the final outcome is truly what America wants. And i believe thats Barack Obama and i am after alll an average blue collar American My many spelling mistakes should be proof enough.

    Obama 08!!!!!!

    March 6, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  14. gene

    That was not all that was spent in Texas. Several large unions, such as the SEIU, ran TV adds and had hundreds of paid staff workers and others in the state. The millions spent by these union, in addition to Obama out spent Hillary by two to one. He still lost the state. The caucus process was totally corrupt and charges have been filed and are pending. It was organized chaos. I will never attend another caucus. Obama supporters, both local and out of state grabbed hold of the urban caususes , interpreted the rules to suit themselves, and most were a mob scene. At one site the Clinton official had to flee and was chased by a mob of Obama supporters, both local and out of state, she ran to the police station. At another site the Obama official had the Clinton sign in sheets (which would be used to determine the number of delegates for CLinton), disappeared. Clinton got no delegaes at this site. Google-Dallas Morning News-dated 3-5-08

    March 6, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  15. Emily from NY

    Sounds like someone has the judgment to manage a campaign better then someone who has experience managing a campaign. GO OBAMA!!!!

    March 6, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  16. Boomer for Obama

    ...and Obama received another THREE superdelegates would seem that it is not only much of the electorate is sickened by the Clinton tactics...

    March 6, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  17. Carlos

    $55 Million thanks to me and my empty bank account! lol

    Obama '08!

    March 6, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  18. Raum

    Cool, this is why Obama will be the nominee. Can't wait till November

    March 6, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  19. Are you slow?

    It's the DELEGATES, stupid!

    OBAMA '08!

    March 6, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  20. Rabin

    At least Barack does not have blood on his hand of ordinary people of Iraq compared to Hillary & McCain who voted for the IRAQ WAR, about 1 million civilians killed, 4000 US soldiers among more than 4300 coalition soldiers killed, thousands injured with permanent injuries, Millions Iraqis displaced from their home... this is the result of the commander in chief(BUSH, Hillary, McCain) who is ready to take the 3:00am call. Looks like our commander in chief(BUSH, Hillary, McCain) is only worried about the American life and, willing to kill any number of other human being around the world in the name of security. Shame on you Hillary, McCain & BUSH.

    March 6, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  21. G from the ATL

    Go OBAMA!!!! or if Hillary wins....reluctantly.... go MCCAIN...

    March 6, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  22. Tom,des moines

    Guess what? He spend 47 out of 55 million already, and lost big on tuesday. Go Hillary 08!

    March 6, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  23. yeah Hillary

    If this guy can't even convert all those millions to into wins in Ohio, Texas and Rhode Island, think about it folks. What's he going to do with our tax dollars if he (heaven forbid) becomes president?
    I can see it now. He raises our taxes, then spends them stupidly. Maybe Resko can teach him a little about how to handle money.

    March 6, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  24. Obama 08

    She won three states...Oh my God...Call out the National Guards...Yeah, but she lost 12 in a row...and is a 160.5 pledge delegates behind Obama. Isn't this where she is suppose to everyone in her camp to break out?

    March 6, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  25. Steve C - Atlanta, GA

    Yeah....let's take this money and give Billary a taste of their own medicine.... Run ads that expose them for the frauds and self absorbed couple that they are....demand their tax returns....and remind everyone that the only real experience that Hillary had in the white house was picking out the Christmas tree....when she did dabble in anything serious, she care....NAFTA....etc...where's the record of experience

    March 6, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
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