April 3rd, 2008
01:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama close to Bush money record

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/03/art.bush.gi.jpg caption=" Obama is close to breaking President Bush's fundraising record in 2004."]

(CNN) - The "over $40 million" the Obama campaign says it raised in March would put the total contributions the Illinois senator has raised in his presidential campaign at approximately $234 million - enough to surpass both the $200 million mark as well as the $215 million that 2004 presidential nominee John Kerry raised for that presidential primary season (then the Democratic record).

Obama is now just $25 million shy of reaching President Bush's overall record for presidential primary fundraising. In 2004, Bush raised a total of $259 million for his uncontested primary campaign.

The primary campaign season formally ends with the party conventions at the end of the summer.

Obama raised $194 million through the end of February. His official fundraising tally for the month of March is due to the Federal Election Commission by April 20.

Hillary Clinton raised $156 million through the end of February. Her campaign said Thursday it would not release her March totals until the filing deadline.

soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Yolanda /San Antonio, Tx

    I would like to know once the primary elections are over..what happens to the money that's left over? will it get circulated through the economy or utlized to help fund some of the programs he has introduced throughout his campaign?

    April 3, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. Sue

    Yeah, but Obama got his from $35 from people like me instead of thousands from the people like the owner of Blackwater, like Bushy did.

    April 3, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. RealityKing

    One of these candidates is going to owe an awful lot of thank yous..
    This is why big money controls America. Surprise!

    April 3, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. Tex

    Obama! Obama! Obama! Obama! And the donations just keep flowing in!

    April 3, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. Silvester

    Interesting comparison. Bush maybe has proven that if you have "bought" a President he will not be a success. Advertising money shouldn´t matter when a candidate is elected. That´s not democracy, is it....?

    April 3, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  6. Susie

    Just one more thing Obama has in common with Bush–inexperience, popularity, and now the amount of money he has raised. 59M people voted for Bush in 2004 even though they knew he had justified war with lies. You would think this country would learn from its mistakes; but, apparently, we will not. How much damage will Obama have to do before the voters see him for what he is–an absolute zero.

    April 3, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  7. Helen, NY

    Obama is a fraud

    April 3, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
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