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At Least a $20 Million
Third Quarter for Obama

[Photo] Obama at a "Women for Obama" fundraiser last month. (Getty)

Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama raised at least $20 million during the past three months, and has brought in nearly $75 million this year, an amount that positions him to mount a vigorous bid for his party's nomination when the primary season starts in January.

Sen. Obama and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton are likely to end the quarter with comparable amounts of money on hand, though Clinton has not yet released her totals.

Obama's take for the past three months signals a slowdown in fundraising, though campaign finance experts say that was expected. The summer months are particularly difficult for raising money because so many potential donors are either on vacation or not paying close attention to a presidential primary battle that is still months away.

The amount he raised is still staggering by historical standards -- his total for the year is three times more than Democrat Howard Dean had raised at this point in 2003, and nearly as much as had been amassed by George W. Bush, an incumbent president, at this point four years ago.

The Obama camp pointed out that the contributions continued to come from a broad range of supporters -- many of them small dollar donors who gave over the Internet.

"Many in Washington have spent the last weeks declaring that outcome of this race to be pre-ordained, and the primary process a mere formality," said Obama for America Campaign Manager David Plouffe in an e-mail. "Yet, in this quarter alone, 93,000 more Americans joined our campaign, because they desire real change and believe Barack Obama is the one candidate who can deliver it. This grassroots movement for change will not be deterred by Washington conventional wisdom because in many ways it is built to challenge it."

Of the $20 million that Obama raised, about $1 million will have to be set aside for the general election.

With the exception of Bill Richardson, who announced he had raised $5.2 million between July 1 and September 30, other campaigns have held off on releasing their totals.

--Matthew Mosk

By Washington Post editors  |  October 1, 2007; 2:14 PM ET
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Clinton haters:eat your hearts!!because she will be nominated and elected president,Obama is a nice,decent guy,but he doesn't have any chance.President HC.we salute you !!

Posted by: zeldman81 | October 2, 2007 11:30 AM | Report abuse

PeterDC--

Dean had 10 years as governor, 6? as lieutenant gov, and was also a mayor before then. Experience, or lack their of as you say , was not what lost it for Dean.

Posted by: thegribbler1 | October 2, 2007 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Forget about the polls they mean nothing at this point. Barack has a massive dedicated enthusiatic grass roots movement that will payoff on election day. Hillary's support is soft. Many will switch once they see Obama can win.

Posted by: zbob99 | October 1, 2007 9:26 PM | Report abuse

While Barack Obama continues to pile up small donations from hundreds of thousands of donors Hillary has been getting her money from corporate connected millionaires who are mostly already maxed out. You will see her 3rd quarter totals well below Barack's because of this.

Posted by: zbob99 | October 1, 2007 9:22 PM | Report abuse

julieds, it's possible that peterdc is repeating Hillary's campaign slogan verbatim because he works for Hillary's campaign -? Just a thought.

Posted by: bokonon_ | October 1, 2007 7:35 PM | Report abuse

peterdc,

When i hear someone repeat a campaign slogan verbatum,

("Hillary is the only candidate who is ready on day one")

it makes me think of brainless zombies.

Can't you come up with your own thoughts rather than

just repeating a slogan?

It might be ok if the slogan were true, but since Hillary

is actually one of the least experienced candidates running,

it just makes you sound hypnotized.

Posted by: julieds | October 1, 2007 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Mrs. Clinton is just as corrupt as the current white house occupants:

"Bill Clinton used his influence to kill a GQ magazine story that painted an unflattering portrait of infighting in the Clinton campaign. He reportedly threatened to withdraw his co-operation on another story unless the article about his wife was dropped. The story was later killed. As well as showing the campaign's hardball attitude, the incident also showed the huge benefits of having Bill Clinton on your side in any political contest."
- Guardian Sept. 30, 07

As a proud contributor to the Obama campaign I share his audacity of hope that a grassroots political movement can uproot entrenched politicians in it just to win the game. This is not a game, this is the future of our country.

Posted by: harmony.starr | October 1, 2007 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Peterdc,

Please - so a woman will make a different sort of leader? Politicians are politicians, whether animal, vegetable or mineral.

To elect someone because of gender is about the shallowest reason to assert one's democratic rights - especially when this particular woman happens to be totally lacking in personal integrity (and also a graduate of elite colleges, by the way, with an UPPER-class lifestyle).

Let's get serious. Vote on substance, not form.

First, we elected an intellectually lacking New Englander because his posing as a Texan cowboy seemed appealing to those naive enough to be duped by Karl Rove's theatrical makeover.

Now, we are going to elect an establishment figure because of her chromosome composition?

May the best homo sapiens win - not the least authentic.

That homo sapiens happens to be Obama.

Posted by: Lioness1 | October 1, 2007 5:38 PM | Report abuse

I'm a female supporter of Barack Obama. I frankly don't understand the "it's our turn" rhetoric some women use when talking about Hillary Clinton. Look how great Margaret Thatcher was. And if Condi Rice were running and Clinton weren't, would you vote for Rice?

I understand it will be a big deal when a truly inspiring, effective, principled, and progressive woman runs for office, someone who can unite the country and get us past the divisiveness of the '90s. But until then, Barack Obama is the one with the experience we need.

Hearing that Clinton's supporters are most excited because Hillary's a woman gives me confidence in how Barack will do in this race. Most voters aren't fired up by what bathroom stall a candidate uses...


Posted by: renatarollins | October 1, 2007 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Great total for Obama- very impressive- but I think that the reason one see's the polls still going to Hillary is the same reason that Howard Dean didn't win the primaries last time.

People really want experienced candidates. They want someone who can walk into the White House and be the President, not someone who will have to learn. Hillary is the only candidate who is ready on day one.

And there is the realization that there can be no bigger change to indicate to the rest of the world that we are ready to lead in a different way then to elect our first woman President.

Obama may be the first African American elected but most people around the world see that Black or White he is still a man and he still thinks like one. The reality is that he is just another male graduate from an elite school who lives an upper middle class life.

Its time to elect a woman and make a real difference.

Posted by: peterdc | October 1, 2007 4:16 PM | Report abuse

pedraza1 writes
"It is high time integrity and honor are restored to our nation and the White House."


I don't disagree, but you might consider a new catchphrase - I think that one's been used before...

Posted by: bsimon | October 1, 2007 3:38 PM | Report abuse

SENATOR OBAMA Is a thoroughbred who will soon run past his democratic opponents deservedly. It is high time integrity and honor are restored to our nation and the White House. BARACK is the man to do it. Run Barack Run...

Posted by: pedraza1 | October 1, 2007 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Osama, Obama anybody but Chelsea Clinton's moma.

Go Barack - Save America from the Clintons'.

Posted by: glynlyon | October 1, 2007 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Why is Hillary afraid to release how much she raised?
maybe she's substrating the money she needs to return to Hsu...

My guess is, Hsu will be pardon if HC ever get elected. Which will never happen, cause OBAMA-08, all the way...

Posted by: msnz911 | October 1, 2007 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Who are these voters giving money to Obama? Haven't they heard? Hilary is the D-nominee. National polls say it's true. Oh wait... no votes have been cast, sounds like the coronation is too soon. On the ground, in Iowa, likely voters have Obama out in front. How about some reporting instead of cheering Hilary on.

Posted by: thebobbob | October 1, 2007 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Forget the dollars, the Plouffe quote is where the real story is:

"Yet, in this quarter alone, 93,000 more Americans joined our campaign..."

Mr Mosk - have you considered comparing candidates' number of unique donors, both for the current race and historically? How do Sen Obama's number of contributors compare to Gov Dean's? To Pres Bush's? To Sen Clinton's?

Posted by: bsimon | October 1, 2007 2:27 PM | Report abuse

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