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. Mike

    And Hillary is in the process of raising $6 million in 48 hours since Tuesday. She has already raised over $4 million in the last 48 hours.

    March 6, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  2. Independent NY Woman Lawyer

    Are Hillary supporters fine with their candidate beholden to lobbyists? If that's the case, then you really aren't a true democrat. While you can claim it's just part of the system, but frankly the system is diseased. And the more you defend it; the more you allow the disease to spread. I'm sorry that you feel your option is to support a compromise candidate.

    March 6, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  3. Matt



    So she donated some money... the total allotment... then why do you keep asking how much she donated???

    March 6, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  4. Hillary

    Mr. Obama use some of this money we paid and ask for
    "Hillary's white house records"
    to highlight
    "her phony claim of experience".

    Bring it up often until people get it.

    March 6, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  5. Paul, independent, Iowa

    If Clinton(s) is involved in the NAFTAgate, I hope that Obama competely destroys her in the remaining primaries and have her crying all the way back HOME!!!!!!!AND STAY THERE WITH BILLY!!!!!!

    She was the FIRST to start the attack ads now it is time for Obama to FIGHT BACK , and guess what????? He has the $$$$$$$$.....GO GET HER!!!!!!

    March 6, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. Rlewis Tx

    way to go !!!! change we believe in Hillary it's on Obama TIME !!!!

    obama obama obama obama 2008 You best to believe it Texas got your back !!!

    March 6, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  7. Amused, Las Vegas

    Tevin, Raleigh NC March 6th, 2008 2:51 pm ET

    "Obama's WON 12 of 15 contests!"

    The new Obama math. The count starts at his 'winning streak' pay no attention to the earlier contests.

    March 6, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  8. VW

    Why is not this article headline news, like when you put HIllary Clinton railsing $30 million as a headline? Hillary's news was's leading article, but now that Obama has raised so much more than that, his news is only in a "Ticker". Let's be fair CNN.

    March 6, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  9. Vince

    Obama will most likely win more delegates in Mississippi than the Clinton's got from Ohio and Texas combined.

    March 6, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. Divine

    First of all let me Congratulate Obama 55million wow!, I can't wait to donate tomorrow!!!!!!

    Secondly why all the angry comments from Hillary supporters. See that is the thing with you guys You scream Yes she can.... We scream YES WE CAN!!!!!

    And guess what i'm going to be another first time donor.
    Obama 08

    March 6, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. McCain/Rice '08

    The whole democratic primaries is ugly to me. Racism from poor whites and latinos, sexism, scare tactics, empty words, lies, on and on and on. And this is coming from the so-called tolerant Democratic Party!

    I'm done with it all. McCain, if you can get Condi Rice on your ticket, you have my vote.

    March 6, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  12. robert

    money can do ANYTHING?
    look at McCain who won,but got money less than other.
    Hillary is the one who can be president!!!

    March 6, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. Eleanor

    Hillary won in in Ohio because Baboons like rush Limbaugh and the republicans sent out fliers and emails asking republicans to vote for her and WHY!!! because they know they can beat her in the fall
    thats almost traitor like in my opinion and should be against the law!
    hopefully the delegates will go for Barack as he has a better chance at beating MCBush
    do your research go google Peter Paul and body count!
    She is far from being perfect believe me!!

    March 6, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  14. Anonymous


    Yes, we can!!!

    March 6, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  15. Praetorian, Fort Meyers

    Well...if he loses it sure won't be from a lack of funding!!

    However–John McCain accomplished the impossible with a much smaller budget by getting the GOP nomination.

    I wouldn't count out the millions of Americans who do not believe that socialism is a path that we should stroll down. Conservative folks will likely not lay their lives and fortunes behind an untested and unorthodox newcomer with grandiose, but unworkable ideals.

    March 6, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  16. CalD

    I heard the other day that they were poised to announce this. But then I kind of thought they might want to keep a lid on it after Tuesday, just to avoid drawing more attention to the fact that Barack Obama outspent Clinton 2-to-1 on the March 4 races and still got his butt handed to him.

    March 6, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  17. Jasmyne

    Hillary supporters amuse me. I can't wait to see the look on some of their faces when Hillary has to walk away with her tail between her legs. Unlike Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama doesn't focus all of his attention only on certain states. His money goes towards his campain to be president of the US not president of TX and OH. Any money that he did spend in TX and OH was well spent because even though he lost those states he still has over 100 more delegates than she does. Hillary Clinton may have won one battle but she is in a war that she cannot win.

    March 6, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  18. s callahan

    Despite the media and Clinton hounds trying to dsicredit Obama, you can see by the level of donations that the average American donated what they could because they trust him to move this nation forward. I agree with KLM...if Clinton is on the ticket i'm done...but I don't believe that will happen because Obama has said ianother run with a Clinton would be the same ole politics. i do not take Ohio or Texas serious in a Clinton win..because the facts are taht the weather played an element in Ohio (leaaving the poorer people without transportation0; and the delegate lead in Texas went to Obama. Statistically, Clinton can't win this...yet she has to shame the democratic party and continue on ...and many are waiting for her handout.. I seriously wish Obama would run Independent because he would surely win this thing. Right now, the only thing polotics is doing for people is making them nuts, and even more distrustful than we were.

    March 6, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  19. John

    But the real question is...

    How can Obama handle a tough phone call at 3:00 in the morning when he can't answer a tough question at 3:00 in the afternoon?

    March 6, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  20. Ken

    I guess the republicans are happy at us cutting each other over two good candidates. Look fellow Dems we are handing the white house to John McCain.

    Focus your efforts on uniting the party and not bashing each candidate. Obama is a stronger candidtate. He can unite the country Hilliary would make a great VP.

    Let's rally to take the white house...any other outcome would result in 4 more years of Bush, and a destroyed Dem Party.

    Beware fellow Dems

    Obama/Hillary 08

    March 6, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  21. Cindy

    In South Carolina, Clinton's negative campaigning backfired. In Ohio and Texas, her negative strategy that intensified a few days before the vote turned the tide of Obama catching up to her. A few weeks before, the polls had her way ahead of him, but he was catching up fast.

    Yes, she spent less... and she used it to do Rovian fear tactic campaigning.

    Yes, we know Rovian tactics work. To me, it goes to her judgement and integrity... that she would use such tactics to win.

    If this is what 35 years of experience has taught her, I don't want it.

    March 6, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  22. Harvey

    wow all that money and he still cannot defeat Clinton...raises more money, spends over twice as much and still crying..he should go play some more basketball ..

    March 6, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  23. Independent

    Obama has the best supporters; Very impressive!


    March 6, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  24. Milo-Boston

    Does anyone ever wonder why Hillary is afraid to make her tax information public. Just wondering.

    March 6, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  25. Adam in Indy

    I'll Match you Rod with $101.00 dollars for Hillary!!!!!!

    March 6, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
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