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. bj

    Wonderful, more money, more delegates. Hillary, go answer the phone. It is a call from one of the special interest groups offering to give you some money. Better hurry!

    March 6, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  2. Wyatt, OK City, OK

    How laughable that Clinton losing 15 points in two weeks in TX, and 10 points in OH, squeaking out wins in territory populated almost exclusively by her base voters is all the Clinonistas have left to label as a victory. One word for all you mouth-breatthing DLC Clintonbots: SCOREBOARD.

    March 6, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. B. Smart


    March 6, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. rusty

    The beauty of it is, no federal lobbyist money, no special interest money. Check it, it's true. And, while you are at it, why don't you make public all the candidates donor lists? It would be helpful in showing the American people just who the candidates are cozying up to. Clinton, and McCain, would have egg on their face.

    March 6, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  5. nikki

    So the shrillaryites actually think that shrillary "won" TX and OH, stop it, people she needed to "win" by a margin of 60 to 40, guess what it didn't happen, she is still down and Obama is still in the lead! and have any of you ever heard of a caucus? guess not, 'cause those are the things that your bipolar candidate keeps losing!!!
    Great job Obama! keep up the good work!


    March 6, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  6. sw

    No suprise, considering he can get a house $300,000 below market value easily; wondering how much is from Ophra, and Rezeko's friend?

    March 6, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  7. Susan

    Okay so what happened to we are teetering on a recession. So how much have our potential elected leaders spent in the past three months – over $100 million dollars, wouldn’t that money have been better spent elsewhere?

    March 6, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  8. Deesein your face

    Hill you are a pauper.

    March 6, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  9. Corey, Maryland

    There is nothing Hillary can say about this!!! THIS IS THE REASON OBAMA WILL BE PRESIDENT!!! He can bring together a larger coalition in order to change this country, whether they believe in his ideologies or not! He will win the nomination, and then beat McCain!

    Obama Richardson 08!!!!!

    March 6, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. Kamran Anwar

    By the way, I dont see texas and ohio really won by clinton. I would have given her those states if she had won them by large percentage. I consider this a tie in those two states, infact obama can get more delegates than clinton in texas if he wins caucus as he will. Inb texas Obama got 61 delegates and clinton got 65, so what?. in ohio clinton got 71 delegates and obama got 59. I see obama presidential candidate for democrats. I wish if he chooses clinton as his VP. That will be the best combo.

    March 6, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  11. js

    Hillary has disgusted me so much that if Obama doesn't win, I will vote for McCain...

    she will accomplished the same as hubby bill when he destroyed the party leading to gore's loss in 2000...and look what happened....

    I will just help hillary's goals along and just vote for mccain....

    she is an extremely evil, shallow, bitter, scorched earth socialist.....

    she is (or should be) irrelevant in 2008 if we are turning over a new leaf in this country......

    Do not underestimate how her blaming "activists", racial groups, pandering to others, telling bald-faced lies, distortions, exaggerations threaten to turn off the dem voters and independents energized and motivated by Obama....

    I am one of thos Obamacans registered as republican until bush II, now maybe going least mccain is conservative in policy....doesn't promote socialism.....isn't win at all costs, even tearing apart washington and our country, like hillary promises to do....

    March 6, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  12. mike

    don't forget obama almost wiped out a hillary 20 point lead in texas and ohio over the last month! those hillary supporters that say she won should be thankfull oboma didn't have another month or she would have lost both!! think about it before you simply state the results! besides the deligate count didn't show much change at all! the clear front runner is barack! billary should throw in the hat!!

    March 6, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  13. Joe

    White middle aged guy giving Obama $50 per month.

    March 6, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  14. onegreatamericancountry

    Obama Believers raise the flag for Hope and that is what other candidates don't have. They can't bring hope because they're the ones that have left America hopeless...
    To let pithy issues detract form Obama's message and candidacy is only indicative of the old Washington cynicism.
    Obama is hope for America.
    Thanks for your blog. Check out my featured video for more on this.

    March 6, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  15. JJ

    All of the money in the world from "Rezko and Friends" will not help you win BUT thanks for reminding me to go to to make Another contributuion. HILL YEAH!

    March 6, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  16. College Student, TX

    All the Obama Bashers consider this.

    With all that money he raised he was able to pull within 10 of the Clinton Machine in Ohio and barely lost the Texas Primary (by the way the caucuses, which are a 1/3 of the vote, are still coming in...and he's winning!). Which begs the question: Considering they were neck and neck in the primary How is there a winner of Texas when a 1/3 of the vote is still up for grabs???

    Clinton is a formidable opponent with name recognition (thanks to Bill) and has already had the organization in places like Texas and Ohio.

    What Obama has done and is doing is amazing.

    $55 Million! March will be a great month too. I'm going to donate right now.

    Obama 08!

    March 6, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  17. dj

    Thats great. Need more Obama?, I got your back.

    March 6, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  18. Amy

    Yes we can. Yes he can. Go Obama!

    March 6, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  19. D

    HIllary Clinton won't release her tax returns from 2000-2006, but she says she will "on or about April 15". Now, what does April 15 have to do with old returns from 2000-2006? Nothing. She could release the 2000-2006 returns now. If she thinks general election voters should see them, why not Democratic primary voters?

    March 6, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  20. Jim Jones, Bulverde TX

    By the way, delegate-wise, Obama WON Texas! Go Barack!

    March 6, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  21. Obama all the way...


    Even if Barack loses, which I know he won't, I will never think I have wasted my money. I am donating to something and someone of substance that I believe in.

    Now if you are a Hillary supporter, I understand how you might think you wasted your money....

    March 6, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  22. Frank

    Adam in Indy March 6th, 2008 2:39 pm ET

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

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

    Adam, your candidate lost more superDs since 02-05 than she gained in her ONLY THREE victories since then ( and in TX she is even likely to lose by delegate count !! That would reduce it to a tie for 03-04 ).

    Why do you think she floating this idea of a joined ticket, huh ? Because she is losing the nomination. And even if she would steal the nomination, when the Obama movement turns against her she is done for. And there is no second run once you lose the general election 🙂

    March 6, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |



    GO HILLARY!!!!

    March 6, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  24. dukic

    Why this is only as a latest news. It should be a "BREAKING NEWS" at the top. How much OBAMA raised is more important for CNN than the stocks which is loosing by 100 points every day..

    Maybe CNN is looking for OBAMA to chip in for the market ????

    March 6, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  25. Robert in Albuquerque

    while impressive we still need to understand money doesn't mean you win.

    March 6, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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