Posted: October 1, 2007 4:37 PM
Obama Pulls in $19 Million, Edwards $7 Million in Primary Funds
Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign announced it raised $19 million during the 3rd quarter ahead of former Sen. John Edwards’ $7 million as campaigns up the ante for the number of donors contributing in small amounts. Democratic front-runner Sen. Hillary Clinton has not yet released her fundraising totals.
Obama’s campaign billed its success on “historic grassroots support” that pushed its number of total donors to 350,000 with 93,000 new contributors signing up in the 3rd quarter. The quarter bumped his 2007 total to $74.9 million in primary funds.
When releasing its numbers, the Edwards campaign bragged that it had accepted “no PAC money, no lobbyist money” and that 97 percent of its 3rd quarter donations came in amounts of $250 or less. Last week, Edwards announced he will accept public financing for the 2008 primary, a move that his campaign said will demonstrate “the power of message over money” and provide the campaign with around $10 million for the primary. As Edwards continues to target Clinton for accepting campaign money from lobbyists, he challenged her to accept public financing as well.
Almost all of Edwards’ contributions were for the primary race and his campaign says it is on target to raise its goal of $40 million by the first primary in January.