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. Barb Canada

    55 million! and if he is so worried about the does he feel about wasting these windfalls on the rich?? I would feel like a creep accepting a $10.00 check with a note that reads's all I have ....rather than using that in his speeches!

    March 6, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  2. kp

    Oh Yeah! Its all about the people! Stick with the people and our new coalition Barack and we'll win!

    March 6, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  3. B

    It's funny how all of the Hillary's supporters tout her "wins". She still is 100+ delegates behind...exactly where she was on Monday. How did she "win" again? HRC hasn't had the lead in this contest, ever...let's not get hasty folks.

    March 6, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  4. Obama 08

    Hilary used the old fear mongering ad to scare the people of Texas, Ohio and Rhodes Island. What a bunch of wimps! Do you honestly believe that Hilary's going to get up at three in the morning to answer a stupid telephone? Yeah, right!!!!

    March 6, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  5. SDunn

    Listen up Hillary supporters....Your focus is in the wrong place. You have to win delegates in order to win the nomination, not states. You all might have won Ohio and Texas (by a very small margin) but you didn't even gain enough delegates to decrease the lead? So I wouldn't be excited if I were you... I'd be quite worried. You're not going to be able to catch up to Obama.

    March 6, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  6. CS

    Obama is so incredible.

    He can motivate over 1 million people to contribute to his campaign. Hillary was forced to use her own money. Which one is the people's choice?

    Also, first posters: didn't Obama win more delegates yesterday? Why are you talking about how he lost?


    March 6, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  7. margaret

    to those of you who think obama got his butt kicked on tuesday, i'm not quite sure what numbers you are looking at- since the overall gain of delegates was negligible at best. again, while not a huge obama fan, i have to say something for a person who is able to both gain and sustain momentum in the midst of a storm of unfair and unwarranted attacks from his opponent who had to resort to kitchen sink tactics in order to win- again by just a bit- not a lot.
    enough hillary trickary!
    neverhill(liar)y! unless of course she wins the nomination and then it's back to the same old "lesser of two evils" voting game and mccain is worse by far.

    March 6, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  8. Eli

    Wonder how much of that was REPUBLICANS, when Rush and them were saying vote and contribute to Obama because McCain can beat him. Since the rest say ask whos got the most delegates and most states won, WHY DONT YOU ASK THE REAL QUESTION. Who has won the larger core Democrat states that will be Democrat in November ? Answer HILLARY CLINTON. Then ask who has won the states that will always be Republican (Because they are more republicans in the states) in the Novembr election. Answer Obama
    Who has already had their closets with all their skeletons out for more than 20 years? Answer HILLARY CLINTON. Who has just had their skeleton closest peeked in. Answer Obama

    March 6, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  9. romeo

    it's funny people talked of Hillary winning TEXAS as if she did.... hello... the final result for texas is not out yet, and last time I checked, Obama is not winning the caucaus but he might acctually end up winning more delegate that Hillary (i bet you on that). so in the end, Hillary claimed win of Texas may be turned arround. And looking at Sartuday and next Tuesday election...

    March 6, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  10. Toronto Girl

    Obama ...People meet with the Canadian and promise them some type of shady arrangement (just like the rezko deal) but they never thought they will get CAUGHT!

    This is worst type of politics and on top of that we have the Prime Minister Of Canada promising to do an investigation.

    I think there is more under the table deals to this meeting than we all know so far.

    March 6, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  11. Amy

    Hillary is old politics. Look at how she acts when she cannot win on her merrits, she just tries to rip the other apart. She is like that nasty competative friend that is always making fun others to make herself feel better.

    OBAMAA 08!!

    March 6, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  12. andrew of california

    I made 6 donations to the Obama campaign in the last month. On March 4 I gave my last donation. On March 5 I gave my first donation to the McCain campaign. Obama lost. If he can not beat Clinton, he can not beat McCain. No matter who goes forward, Clinton or McCain, the wars will continue. If we are going to be in a war, I want McCain to stay the course.

    March 6, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  13. buddy jackson

    Sorry folks!! I have voted democratic my whole life and would have in this election, except! I watched the commericals about who would I want answering the phone in the White House at 3 AM and considered all the options. What would Hillary and Obama do?I thought back to 9/11 and I suspect the only thing they could come up with between themselves on that day would have been to call 911. I have been to war and it's not nice. But if you have to go I had rather have some one who understands the military making decisions than some one knows nothing about the military or wars. I also have a question. Why do exmilitary and active duty military support McCain?

    March 6, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
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    March 6, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  15. labotika

    You people who's voting for HILLARY are crazy!!

    Do you really think this woman would win????? Even if she won Texas, she still behind OBAMA so don't be too happy folks just bec she won in TEXAS.. remember anything can happen so relax and dont be to sure that HILLARY WILL WIN BECAUSED SHE'S NOT GOING TO WIN!!!!!!!


    March 6, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  16. R.M.

    For those of you saying that Obama spent all that money in vain.. You need to wake up and see what happened.. this is hillarious.. Obama narrowed Hillary's 20 pt margin and YES HE DID win in Texas!! You guys must be from Mars!!

    March 6, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  17. Danny


    It's a bit of a catch-22 isn't it? He almost has to combat Hillary's negativity with some of his own, since negativity seems to work as we saw in Ohio and Texas. Problem is it goes his against his principals of change. Kinda like if he was on the same ticket as Hillary, that would basically be a denial of message of Change of the establishment, since well, Hillary is part of the establishment.

    Danny Austin, TX

    March 6, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  18. Joey

    I just donated last night. More and more of my family, who are both Democrats and Republicans, are coming together to support Senator Obama. We are impressed with his positive outlook, his legislative record and his ability to unite the country.

    March 6, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  19. Jbecks

    $5 of that was mine and I'm proud to have given it. I may even have to double it. I never thought I would contribute to a campaign, especially not a primary. Obama is accountable to the people!!! We'll have to wait for tax returns and look at Clinton's donor list to know all the people she is accountable to.

    March 6, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  20. Len

    Obama did really well on Tuesday, I closed the gap on the Clinton lead she had in those states.

    The real big states like NY or California almost always break democrate over republican in the general anyway. Who cares which primary candidate wins those. For example, only once in my life has a Republican won NY and that was Regaen. Either Clinton or Obama will win that state in the general that is a given.

    March 6, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  21. Bill Jergens

    Obama claims that he doesn't take PAC money or lobbylist money. He has been doing that all along until he entered the presidential nomination. PLUS. He has lobbyists from drug companies and oil companies IN his own campaign so isn't that even worse?

    At least Hillary doesn't deny that she gets some money from them but her majority is from internet. Of the 35 mil she raised, almost 30 was from the internet, half from fund raising in MA a week before the march 4th primaries and some from hher own loan.

    Obama likes to hide the things that sting him, and deny things that hurt him even though they come out to be true. he's really smooth. He brushes things off and makes the public look like it's no big deal when it is a big deal when he tries to spin that onto Hillary.

    March 6, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  22. DJ, LA, CA

    My brother donated to Obama and he runs a small business overseas.
    Just because he sent a large donation, doesn't mean he expects any favors, nor does he need any help for his business.

    Whereas Clinton to the contrary – is avoiding release of her tax returns until the very end of the primary, or maybe NEVER. She also is the opposite of Obama, in that she'll take every single nickel and dime she can get for the big $ lobbies.

    I'm sure she is also getting a treasure chest from Exxon Mobil and the Bush constituents.

    March 6, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  23. Illinoid

    Funny thing, for all the Hillary backers. Uhhh, have you checked the deligate count lately? She's still behind. She made a slight gain on Barack, which will be negated once the caucus counts are in. On the ladder toward nomination, Hillary has climbed a rung, but is still below Barack. No matter what she says, no matter how she spins it, she cannot, in 4 states, negate the 12-state momentum of Barack.

    Dream team? Bill and Hillary back in Arkansas. Anyone else for president. If Hillary wins the nomination, the centrist independents will swing to the Republicans. Hillary's "experience" means that she selected the menus at the Whitehouse, and tried to push through a badly engineered health plan. Those who are bright enough to read and think know Hillary for what she is, a duplicitous, back-stabbing, flip-flopping snake.

    March 6, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  24. Llen

    I think that the money was put to very good use in Texas considering the way Obama closed the gap on votes. The surge of negative press shortly before the primaries, however, proved difficult to overcome.

    Oh well. More $$, more votes, and more delegates = more problems from Billary.

    March 6, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  25. larry

    This is a race for delegates not states. So actually when all is said and done Tuesday was a draw. Obama won the delegate race in Texas and Vermont, Hillary in Rhode Island and Ohio.

    March 6, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
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