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. Nick

    Yes, and $55 million more in March.

    Why has CNN not covered the news in a balanced manner latley? Why is noone talking baout Clinton-Rezco connection?
    Why is noone ever talking about the Clinton Canadian Nafta conversation?
    Why is noone discussing Paul v Clinton in California???

    CNN will never post this but at least they will read it once.

    March 6, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  2. Mel in Missoula, MT

    ...and those donations are coming form people who can only donate $15 at a pop (like me). It is money well spent to provide for the future of my children and grandchildren.

    March 6, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. Grif

    So many desperate oil barons, want him in....

    Yes! The USA is up for sale.... Lets hope he loses his shirt...

    March 6, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. ToledoStudent

    Yeah, and Hillary WILL NOT WIN! She is behind in delegates. Wait, what's that I hear? Oh, the Hillblazers complaining that "delegates don't matter?" THE DELEGATES ARE WHO ELECT THE NOMINEE! There is no way that the superdelegates will go against the elected delegate count AND the popular vote! He is up 600,000 votes over Hillary!! If the roles were reversed you would be saying the exact same thing and you know it!

    Yes, Texas and Ohio were good for her, but she didn't run away with ANYTHING. She didn't gain that many delegates!

    $55 million in February, $60 million in March. Obama didn't have to loan $5 million to his campaign to get donations, either.


    March 6, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  5. Chris in SD

    Way to go Obama! 90% from $100 or less donations. And you used that money to cut Clinton's 20% leads in Texas and Ohio into 3% and 10%– a victory in my book.


    March 6, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  6. Ronald, American living abroad

    And none of it from lobbyist or PACs! Why is Hillary hiding who donates to her campaign?

    March 6, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  7. S. Edwards

    Nope, I don't want my money back. I'm proud of the campaign that Senator Obama has run with the money that WE, ordinary people, raised. This campaign is based on real hope, real experience, real solutions, and the ability to build a real future for all of us. Watch out! More will be raised. Since Senator Obama has the delegate lead, it was money well spent.

    March 6, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  8. Tevin, Raleigh NC

    Obama's WON 12 of 15 contests!

    Change does not come easy.
    After 20 years of a failed dynasty,
    We will not stop until the status quo is done!
    This is War!

    Yes We Can.

    Yes We Will.

    March 6, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  9. Sasha

    $55 M yet still he managed to lose in both Texas and Ohio.
    It is true money isn't everything.
    By the OBAMA need to show some respect for the former first lady.

    March 6, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  10. ToledoStudent

    Oh, also, if the election were held today, and it was just Hillary vs Obama, he would be up by over 70 votes in the electoral college. Or does that not matter either?

    March 6, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  11. EJS

    Well Ohio is a very RACIST state, they still have race riots, not even LA has that anymore. I bet a lot of people were afraid to vote for a black person.

    March 6, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  12. Wants to see the money!

    Dont forget everyone; you can go online to the FEC website and see the donations and whom they are from.

    Obama 08!

    March 6, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  13. AJ, California

    Hill-bots, all I got to say about Tues. is that u won 4 delegates. 4 delegates. Oh wait, we picked up another Superdelegate on weds. So now, Billary is only 3 delegates closer than she was BEFORE March 4. rofl!
    Money well spent to the nomination I'd say.

    March 6, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  14. stlouis

    To Hillary supporters, how many delegates did Hillary win on March 5. Do the math!!!

    March 6, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  15. B. Smart

    . . . .Texas by a huge 4 pts. Congratulations. Barack won the Texas caucases and has the most delegates. Translation: HE'S WINNING. Too bad
    that Hillary did not educate her voters on that fact before she used you,
    then dropped you.

    OBAMA / Edwards 08.

    March 6, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  16. Joseph Riedel

    When you factor in the Caucus results from Tuesday, the night was an even split, with Obama taking Texas and Vermont, and HRC taking Rhode Island and Ohio. Of course, HRC's supporters will claim that "caucuses don't count."

    March 6, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  17. Edward Stamm

    Obama lost the popular vote to Clinton in Texas. However, he actually received MORE delegates in Texas thanks to the caucuses. On March 4, Clinton picked up a mere 4 delagates more than Obama. Say 'hi' to President Obama next year.

    March 6, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  18. Daisy

    Is this real ? I really doubt OBAMA's personablity after a series questions that he can not directly answer "yes" or " no"

    He even told media that he already won big states such as Michigan! God! MI has not be counted come did he win?

    Pls, Obama, let us know the truth. and also it is March. 6th. why you just told us you got 55 million? Who can believe you?

    2008 Hillary---CNN please post my comments !

    March 6, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  19. rr

    who's leading in delegates!....enough said....

    March 6, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  20. Ronald, NY

    Breaking News: Clinton Behind NAFTA-Canada talk

    March 6, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  21. Sarah


    The argument that obama seems to want to make is that the states that Hillary won obama will win, uhm no, FL, NV, TN, AR, OK, OH, CA?, MI, will never go to obama in the General. FL and MI because he is helping in disenfranchising 2.5 million peoples votes, and all you need to look at the exit polling and you will see the dynamics in play. And there are many states obama won't win in the general that he won in the primary.

    Hillary will win MO, WI, MN, MD, IL, and some others obama won in the General. Sorry obamabots you just don't get the big picture.

    HILLARY 08!!!!

    March 6, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  22. Rich

    And he still lost...that makes Hillary's wins even more impressive!

    March 6, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  23. Chris

    Out with the old and in with the new!!!
    BARACK OBAMA 2008!!!!!!!!

    March 6, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  24. Steve

    Hillary supporters are touting a loss by the Obama camp with the money raised...but they seem to forget one thing. HE HAS MORE DELEGATES...EVEN WITH HER "BIG" WINS.

    March 6, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  25. Jamaal Kansas

    Obama 08 Obama 08 women lie, men lie, numbers don't?
    Barack has the advantage going into the rest of the primaries Barack will be the democratic nominee Please donate to the cause.

    March 6, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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