Obama Raises $20 Million More Than Clinton

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“No campaign has ever raised this much in a single month in the history of presidential primaries. But more important than the total is how we did it -- more than 90% of donations were $100 or less, and more than 385,000 new donors in February pushed us past our goal of more than 1,000,000 people owning a piece of this campaign,� David Plouffe, the Obama campaign manager tells The Black Star News.

[Elections 2008]

Senator Barack Obama raised $55 in the month of February, $20 million more than Senator Hillary Clinton did over the same period, the Obama campaign has revealed.

Clinton raised $35 million in February. In January she raised $13 million and ran out of money in early February. She loaned her own campaign $5 million to restart her quest for the White House. Obama in January raised $32 million.


“No campaign has ever raised this much in a single month in the history of presidential primaries. But more important than the total is how we did it -- more than 90% of donations were $100 or less, and more than 385,000 new donors in February pushed us past our goal of more than 1,000,000 people owning a piece of this campaign,” David Plouffe, the Obama campaign manager tells The Black Star News, referring to February.

“The chatter among pundits may have gotten better for the Clinton campaign after last night, but by failing to cut into our lead, the math -- and their chances of winning -- got considerably worse,” Plouffe adds. “Today, we still have a lead of more than 150 delegates, and there are only 611 pledged delegates left to win in the upcoming contests.”

He says campaign projections show “the most likely outcome of yesterday's elections will be that Hillary Clinton gained 187 delegates, and we gained 183. That's a net gain of 4 delegates out of more than 370 delegates available from all the states that voted.”

“For comparison, that's less than half our net gain of 9 delegates from the District of Columbia alone. It's also less than our net gain of 8 from Nebraska, or 12 from Washington State. And it's considerably less than our net gain of 33 delegates from Georgia,” Plouffe continues.

“The task for the Clinton campaign yesterday was clear. In order to have a plausible path to the nomination, they needed to score huge delegate victories and cut into our lead. They failed,” he says. “It's clear, though, that Senator Clinton wants to continue an increasingly desperate, increasingly negative -- and increasingly expensive -- campaign to tear us down.  That's her decision. But it's not stopping John McCain, who clinched the Republican nomination last night, from going on the offensive. He's already made news attacking Barack, and that will only become more frequent in the coming days.”


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