April 3rd, 2008
01:00 PM ET
12 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. sw

    overall, he is just another Bush.

    April 3, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  2. ART in TX

    His fundraising skills are amazing. It's further testament that the people really do support him and yes, he can (and will) when in Nov.

    April 3, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  3. Charlotte

    Hillary has a least two big fundraisers scheduled. I will contribute today. Go Elton, Go Beverly Hills, Go Hillary!!!

    April 3, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  4. joann

    Gee Obama's so wonderful; he is god himself; so charming and charasmatic and elloquent!! Blahhhh, give me a break – I'm all Obama'd out!!

    April 3, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. cyp

    Obama will not only overtake George Bush for the money
    He will also overtake Geoge Bush for the title
    of the WORST PRESIDENT

    April 3, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  6. Lou

    I gladly give to the Obama campaign because I love the idea that the people are paying for his election...not the lobbyists...not the old money democrats...not the big corporations. When he is president, the only people he will owe is us.

    April 3, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  7. Linda

    Shows you where his support is coming from. We will once again be a nation of one party, only this time it will be the Obama party. What a bore.

    April 3, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  8. Charlotte

    You would think with Obama out spending Clinton 4 to 1 he would be way ahead, guess money can't buy everything. I have every confidence in Hillary, none in Obama. I will write in her name rather then vote for Obama, or McCain. Unless we can get a major movement going, McCain will be the next President. I know a lot of people who will do the same. Unless we can get every Clinton supporter to go along, McCain will benefit from such action, but oh well, at least he won't be an empty suit. We lasted 8 years we can last another 4. Michelle said, she won't go through this again. Obama gets his directions from her, so I'm counting on it.

    April 3, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  9. The Austrian

    The obscene amount of capital it takes to even compete in an election is sickening. The lobbyists will ever be the puppeteers of our government so long as this need for cash is a priority.

    April 3, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  10. Adam in Indy

    Proving once again... Politics as Usual.

    April 3, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  11. Funny

    Too much money means too much debts.

    Bush is not a good president for people, but he surely is a successful president for his "debts-owner".

    We want a president now to represent PEOPLE.

    April 3, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  12. HRC, it's over babe

    Nice to compare their money haul but don't make a mistake of comparing their intelligence....Obama towers way higher than McBush.

    April 3, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  13. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    This should be proof enough.

    The worst President in U.S. history raised the most funds in U.S. history.

    So...will Obama advance to the new worst–or just 2nd worst?

    Conservative's really need to make their voices heard!! In graphical terms–this process is out of control!! First...way right....then way left.

    April 3, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  14. sascha

    The difference between Bush and obama is that Obama gets the money by the American people, Bush has got the mony by Washington interests. And Obama will finally work for the American people...

    April 3, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  15. dmw

    Well, money can't buy you everything, but, it may buy a racist, inexperienced, arrogant, MLK wannabe, 'I am the one', 'yes, we can', and 'change you can believe in' the Democratic nomination. It will not, however, buy him the Presidency.

    April 3, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  16. Sean McM

    Close to Bush in more ways than one:

    HE IS A STRANGER AT THE NATIONAL DOOR, ASKING US FOR THE BLANK CHECKBOOK...........WHOA!!!

    wE'VE BEEN THERE, DONE THAT

    April 3, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  17. Jake, California

    Hillary always has some sort of reservation? does she think she's above any rule? What's so significant about tax dealine that she bases even her campaign fund release on that deadline!

    Release your campaign fund figure Hillary, now!

    and by the way, we still need the EARMARKS and your TAX RETURNS!

    April 3, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  18. vjh

    Ohhh, please don't compare Obama to Bush !

    April 3, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  19. jj

    I really wish we would put a spending limit on elections. It is such a waste. All those millions could have fed so many in our country,.

    April 3, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  20. FEDUP

    I hope all you Obama-bots know you are buying delegates. Your money paid Richardsons campaign bills for his presidential bid. LMAO

    April 3, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  21. Diane

    It is truly sad that so much money can be raised to help elect someone for president of a country that has so many starving, homeless, uninsured people. I don't care how much $$ Obama raises, I would not vote for him.

    Hillary 08 !!!

    April 3, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  22. therealist

    Just image how many families could have had health care this year with those contributions, not to mention the reduced CO2 emissions..

    April 3, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  23. Justin -NC

    We'll beat Bush's record... Yes We Can....Si Se Puede!
    Too bad Hillary can't report her earnings, I guess its not fundraising reporting time, just like its not tax time, even though I already filed and got my check two weeks ago! No more lies Billary, RELEASE YOUR TAX RETURNS!

    Obama 08.

    April 3, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  24. Jane

    As president he will be also close to Bush record.

    April 3, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  25. Kentucky

    I guess a lot of people can be bought –but not me. Go Hillary!

    April 3, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
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