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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    To All of you who keep saying Clinton won Texas....

    She did, BUT who picked up more delegates? Ok, so who won Texas?

    OBAMA '08

    March 6, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. lolo333

    That's a lot of money. Wonder where he gets it all from? More rich white people like Rezko?

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

    We recently went throught a bugdet crisis here in Michigan. Maybe we can avoid it the next time by raising it on the internet. 55 million sure would help paying some mortgage payments and putting food on some peoples tables. or paying for some prescription medicines for those that can't afford it.

    March 6, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  4. Chris

    I think this is a tremendous accomplishment. What I find interesting is how cut-throat Hillary is getting and how Barack is continuing to remain above it. Those of you calling Barack a liar and pointing at Rezko are in for treat when it comes time to start scouring through Hillary's land dealings, and how much of her $35M was bought and paid for by large "special interest" donors (and therefore not usable in the primary), and how her attack ads are actually going to start to turn off voters once they become immune to the shock value and start to realize that she wears the same cloak of animosity as the Republicans.

    March 6, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  5. s.b.

    And he still lost. That says something doesn't it?

    Obama is the new Mitt Romney!

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

    You GO OBAMA! That means we have PLENTY left to fight her back! Obama, honey, don't be so nice!

    Since she managed to play the "victim" oh so well one minute and a fighter the next, let's see what you've got.

    And MEDIA - Since you fell right into her trap of let's fully "vet" Obama but don't want anything whatsoever questioned of her, how about let's be unbiased and get to the bottom of these questions...

    Why don't YOU answer questions about the money donated to YOU and your husband by Rezko?

    Oh and while your at it how about you answer questions regarding the corruption trial you and your husband will be caught up in right in the middle of a General Election.

    And lets see, 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 !!!

    WOW, take a step back people...get it right CNN and all the other MSM. Cover it ALLLLLL!

    March 6, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  7. Debra

    To all of you Obama HATERS..Hillary won 3 states out of 15 and she is still behind in delegates and you all act like she just won the election..Gimme me a break!!!!!!!!!

    Hillary is not going to be the nomine and I have never donated to any election but I will be donating monies to OBAMA every month until he becomes the Demoncratic nominee and I will then go on to vote for him...recruit my friends to vote for him.

    Hillary has the never to bring up Ken Starr..she just opened up a can of worms. Now OBAMA should immediately go there since she brought it up...

    How come after every election Bill is never with her no matter if she is winning or not?

    The republicans came out and voted for Hillary in Ohio and Texas because they no they can beat her at any cost...

    March 6, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  8. Eli

    People brag he has won doubled the states than Hillary. TRUE, but do you not ask yourself the question of why since he has won double the states she is only like 90 points behind him and that the number of popular vote is not much different for as many people thats voted.

    Just stop and think if you were running for a top office would you give up if you were very close and still in the game. NO YOU WOULD NOT. If you did then you never really wanted it.

    March 6, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  9. John

    Return my money, you had wasted my hard earn money.
    What a liar he is? He was shaking hands with Canada.
    I should have known his Rezko affair, I would hvae never given him single penny.

    Return my money.

    March 6, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  10. B. Smart

    Hillary should use some of that money to give her voters math scholarships. Apparently they can't seem to figure out that Barack has the MOST

    Obama/Kennedy 08.

    March 6, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  11. Pete

    To Channell...I just tried posting a summary of the story but apparently CNN doesn't want to go there. Three times, moderation, no nothing just GONE!

    March 6, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  12. Mary Catholic from Iowa

    In your Face Hillary!
    And you dopes supporting Hillary, he didn't spend all 55 mil. on those primary's. It would take far more than 55 million to pay off all of the folks that the Clinton machine has corrupted.
    Gosh, I hope Hillary doesn't start crying about how the American people are donating more to Barrack than her.
    And yes his middle name is Hussien, you racist Clinton supportors.
    Hussien, Hussien Hussien and proud of it. Definition:, good, small, royal and handsome.

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

    I am really surprised by the number of people who seem to think that "Hillary won Texas."

    After the Texas caucus vote delegates have been awarded, it is quite likely that Obama will actually get more delegates from Texas than Hillary.

    March 6, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  14. Chris

    to bad he could not turn that into a better win last Tuesday!!

    March 6, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  15. Hillary---Go

    Wondering how come did Mr.obama still lose OH and TX even he spent 3 times money than Hillary on it!

    Such a loser! ' I think Obama need to get the soul to fix, not as his wife says" obama can fix your soul!"

    Hillary, rock it

    2008 Hillary

    March 6, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  16. Stephen

    Why doesnt obama use that money for MI/FL to have another primary? .. Oh wait.. He is afraid she will kick his butt again.


    March 6, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  17. Travis

    Closing a twenty point gap in Texas and winning the majority of the state's delegates is not losing - that is what those donations paid for. Obama won by stopping Clinton's landslide. She should've gone into Texas and had a clean sweep.

    Ohio was the deciding factor on the last president. They got it wrong once again.. not sure they should even have a say in the election process.

    March 6, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |

    delegate count Mr Obama 1573 Mr Clinton 1464...... ain't no stopping us now ... someone que the fat lady

    March 6, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  19. Jones in Sacramento

    Actually raising this amount of money is what allowed Senator Obama to be so competitive in Texas, Ohio, Vermont and Rhode Island. Look people 2-3 weeks before the recent primaries Senator Obama was down 20% in the polls and he managed to close that gap by 3% in Texas and 10% in Ohio and although he did not win I still think that his campaign did an amazing job considering the fact that Hillary thought she would have this election wrapped up on Feb. 5th.

    March 6, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  20. Ken

    She won 3 states, yes. She has momentum, no? She lost 12 in a row, had a 20 point lead 2 weeks ago, then won by 10 and 3 in Ohio and Michigan respectfully. That looks like a gain in Barak's favor, meaning foward movement, meaning momentum. Im also question the notion she should be the nominee because she won the "bellweather" states. With that ideaology America should just skip all these "little states", have Ohio, California, Texas, Florida, Michigan, and Penn. vote and call the winner from thier results.

    March 6, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  21. lima

    I just want to say that I am disappointed by the fact that American is so used to being below average that we think winning four is better than winning 20+ states. When in the world was losing a good think. It's like what we are doing now with our school system we think our children are better off learning less and taking more test. When did we because excited losers. Oh and another thing, hillary need to make her tax info available to the public because taxes are important. Imagine the public getting a glance of Bush's tax info, we want to know if she is going to pocket our money if she gets in the white house.

    March 6, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  22. Mara, NYC

    Maybe he can pay for the redo of the Michigan and Florida primaries.

    March 6, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  23. Sean

    The people want Obama. Plain and simple.

    March 6, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  24. Keith

    Just imagine what the elections would have been if he spent just as much money as Hilary?! She would have done 65-35

    March 6, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  25. D. Pearl Lewis

    I've always amazed how so much money can be raised in such a short span of time. Both senators raise money for their campaigns to travel, engage the public interest, all the while tauting what they'll do for the country. Here's a pre-nomination challenge of what they can do. Just recently the City of Vallejo closed (2) fire houses due to 9 million dollar budget deficit. A fine gesture would be to allocate a portion of their fund raising to keep those firefighters (delicated public servants) employed until the next fiscal year. We all know how devasting a fire can be to people and their property, but just image a call at 3:00am in the morning to the 911 and the firehouse cannot respond or the call is redirected to another city?

    March 6, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
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