Posted: February 29, 2008 2:00 PM
Clinton, Obama Rake In Whopping $80 Million in Feb.
More than $80 million was given to the campaigns of Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in February, shattering fundraising records for both Democratic presidential contenders.
Clinton’s campaign said it had raised just over $35 million in the month, while Obama brought in more than $50 million, according to the Associated Press. That’s about half of what he raised in all of 2007, and Clinton’s fundraising more than doubled her January total.
Obama spokesperson Bill Burton would not give an exact total but told the AP, “We’ve raised considerably more than” Clinton.
Clinton’s campaign chairman, Terry McAuliffe, told the New York Times that the money starting pouring in after Clinton announced early in the month that she had lent money to her campaign. “Our Internet exploded, and it has never stopped,” McAuliffe said.
So far, Obama’s campaign has outspent Clinton’s in Texas and Ohio, states with crucial primaries coming March 4. As of Tuesday, according to the AP, Obama’s campaign spent $2.4 million on ads in Ohio to Clinton’s $1.3 million; in Texas, Obama spent $5.1 million to Clinton’s $3.3 million.
The previous record for fundraising in a month by a presidential candidate was Sen. John Kerry’s $44 million in March 2004, according to the New York Times.