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Obama's Fundraising Strong

By Matthew Mosk
Sen. Barack Obama raised $23.5 million during the last three months of 2007, and raised another $8 million in the first eight days of 2008, according to a campaign memo released this morning.

In the three month period between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, the Obama campaign said the Illinois senator added 111,000 new donors for a total of 475,000 donors in 2007, the memo from campaign manager David Plouffe said.

"In the first 8 days of 2008, we raised over $8 million and gained 35,000 new donors," the memo says. "Since midnight last night, we have raised another $500,000 online."

The on-line rush appears to capture an unusual phenomenon emerging out of the early contests. When Sen. Hillary Clinton finished third in the Iowa caucus, she turned around and raised $1.4 million over the Internet, according to campaign sources.

Full memo below the jump:

TO: Interested Parties
FROM: David Plouffe
DATE: January 9, 2008
RE: The Next Four Weeks

Coming off an impressive win in Iowa and taking the once inevitable frontrunner down to the wire in her firewall state, it is clear that Obama is well-positioned to become the next President of the United States. As the people of Iowa and New Hampshire demonstrated, the American people desperately want change they can believe in. Barack Obama is the candidate to deliver that change by bringing people together, standing up to the special interests, and telling people what they need to know.

Our campaign now turns its focus squarely to Nevada and South Carolina, and February 5th. Today, we kick off the next phase of our campaign in New Jersey, an important February 5th state.

Fundraising
In the 4th Quarter of 2007, our campaign raised $23.5 million - over $22.5 million of which is for the primary election. In that quarter, we added 111,000 new donors for a total of 475,000 donors in 2007.
In the first 8 days of 2008, we raised over $8 million and gained 35,000 new donors. Since midnight last night, we have raised another $500,000 online. We continue to build a grassroots movement that makes us best-positioned to compete financially in the primaries and caucuses coming up.

Nevada
We have built the same caucus operation in Nevada as we did in Iowa, with focused and effective precinct captains in over 95 percent of the precincts in the state, and multiple captains in many precincts. We have also been reaching deep into the electorate, securing commitments to caucus from habitual Democratic voters, general election voting Democrats and Independents.

In a significant boost to our efforts, we received the endorsement of the SEIU local in Nevada late last night.
This is the first time Nevada has had a precinct caucus so organization is paramount, both in terms of shaping the overall electorate as well as the added challenge of getting voters to locations that are unfamiliar to them.

South Carolina
We have seen dramatic movement in South Carolina since Iowa, resulting in healthy double-digit leads for Senator Obama in recent public polling. We have by far the strongest organization in the state according to neutral observers and believe that, as the gateway to February 5th, South Carolina will provide our campaign enormous momentum heading into those twenty-two states.

Obama also has the support of several key political figures in South Carolina, including former Governor Jim Hodges, Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, and former party chairs Joe Erwin and Dick Harpootlian.

February 5th
We now have staff in nineteen of the twenty-two February 5th states and will be adding to the remaining three - Delaware, Arkansas and Connecticut - by the end of the week.

In the six caucus states - Colorado, Minnesota, Kansas, Idaho, Alaska and North Dakota - we have been engaged in heavy organizing and voter contact. In many of these states, our opponents are not engaged in any organizing. We firmly believe you cannot build a caucus operation in a matter of four weeks, so we are at a decided advantage in these states where we have already identified tens of thousands of Obama supporters and where, in the last five days, the number of new volunteers and supporters has exploded. We are in the process of mailing past caucus-goers and our ID-ed supporters in those states. We are also preparing aggressively for vote-by-mail in states like California and Arizona, where we have mail pieces hitting this week and an exhaustive phone program in place to identify supporters and make sure those ballots are returned.

In all of the February 5th states, we have active chapters at most colleges and universities and are pursuing support from independent voters aggressively where they are permitted to participate, which is in most of the states. California and New Jersey, two states the Clintons have pointed to as firewalls, both will have healthy independent turnout in the Democratic primary.

We expect to see a great deal of movement to Obama from superdelegates in the coming days, seriously eroding the Clintons' existing advantage in this universe.

To fully execute a robust February 5th strategy, it will take tens of millions of dollars. Our financial picture is strong and growing stronger by the day, which will allow us to have a significant paid media presence to go alongside our grassroots operations in our target February 5th states.

We expect, as we begin to see significant national poll movement, that there will also be positive poll movement in the February 5th states. Obama saw substantial gains in the individual February 5th state polls in December opening up a lead in Georgia and seeing a seriously tightening race in California.

We will be releasing later today our final fourth quarter 2007 estimates, as well as some numbers for the first eight days of January for both dollars raised, as well as number of total donors and new donors acquired in these periods.

The coming weeks will be challenging and no doubt filled with more haphazard and relentless attacks, but we believe we could not be better positioned for the next twenty four states. Our goal is simple - to win as many states as we can in the next twenty-eight days.

By Web Politics Editor  |  January 9, 2008; 11:41 AM ET
 
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Comments

Please look up the meaning of Monarchy.

People question her experience. It's no surprise. She rarely goes around tooting her own horn. She works hard everyday. She is actively involved on her committees. She worked on Health Care and held countless meetings with experts, congressmen, senators to try to get Universal Health Care passed. Just because the plan never passed the with a slim majority doesn't mean her experiences don't count. In Arkansas, she multi-tasked, working on Education and continuing to work with National Figures with the Children's Defense Fund. Before she married Bill, she was actively knocking on doors to fight voter irregularities and helped passed legislation to be sure that handicapped children be equally educated in the school system and began work with the CDC. In college, she was part of a small group of students who demanded that recruiting for black students (and other diverse groups) and faculty be more aggressive.

She's been actively involved in our society and fighting for the little guy for decades. Whatever you say cannot take that away.

Posted by: lilpixie303 | January 11, 2008 12:58 AM | Report abuse

If SEXIST Nepotism gets Hillary nominated I'm voting against the Democrats for the first time ever.

America is a Democracy = Not a Monarchy

Posted by: PulSamsara | January 9, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I don´t care how much national security experience McCain has. Anyone who sings "Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran" to the tune of the Beach Boys in response to the question "is it time the Iranians had an airmail message from us" is as sick and twisted as the war criminals in the White House, however "maverick". "Change" is not empty rhetoric, it is the signaling of the end of Curtis LeMay's grotesque legacy and the endless human slaughter and misery brought on by Strategic Air Command. Cowards drop bombs to achieve their objectives. Ask the genetically napalm-mutated people of Vietnam, ask the depleted uranium victims in Iraq, ask the million dead in Iraq after Bush senior wrecked their hospitals, water, power stations, the whole society´s infrastructure. Inhuman insane evil dressed up as Hollywood-movie shock-and-awe. This sick macho charade will end with Obama, and the US will grow up and learn what true strength and leadership consists of, and what is truly needed in the coming desperate times. Hillary will be too busy proving herself "tougher than the guys" to truly initiate this fundamental shift. She lacks the intensity and accuracy of vision that comes naturally to Obama. Still, I would vote for her if he wasn't there, though it would be with a heavy heart.

Posted by: tony848 | January 9, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

sportsguy, I agree that McCain's extensive foreign policy experience would pose a formidable challenge to any Democratic candidate, but I think you overestimate the importance of "experience" to voters who aren't as caught up in this circus as are any of us commenting on this blog--to voters who elected W. twice. Character and likability are at least as important, and McCain would trounce Hillary Clinton on that alone.

Obama, on the other hand, would match or exceed McCain on character appeal. At least that's my gut feeling, in my home state of Ohio.

Posted by: kaji | January 9, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton keeps padding her resume, and like Pinocchio's nose, it just keeps getting longer and longer. First, she claimed she had 7 years of experience-- because of her one term-plus as U.S. Senator. Then she was claiming l5 years of experience, insisting that her years as First Lady count as "experience" too. Lately, she's been saying she has "35 years of experience." Next thing you know, she'll be saying that years before Senator Obama was writing kindergarten essays saying he hoped to be President someday, she was Queen of the kindergarten sandbox!

Let's have a reality check: Barack Obama was first elected to the Illinois State Senate in l996-- years before the U.S. Senate was even a gleam in Hillary Clinton's eye. His political experience not only exceeds Hillary's-- his resume also stacks up very well against those of many of our best wartime presidents at the time they were elected to the presidency. Ted Sorensen, President Kennedy's aide and speechwriter, who had a ringside seat for JFK's brilliant handling of some of the toughest challenges ever to face this country (including the Cuban missile crisis), is a strong supporter of Senator Obama for President in '08. Sorensen knows the kind of courage, sound policy judgment, and political experience it takes to make a great President of the United States. He strongly believes that Senator Obama is ready to be President-- and so do I.

Posted by: Cutebunion | January 9, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

thesportsguy writes
" Obama did not have 14 years in Congress under his belt, nor was he a war hero."

In that case, the Dems are screwed, unless they go to Richardson. Clinton doesn't have 14 years in Congress, nor does Edwards. Neither is a war hero. Of the three, it is actually Obama who has the most legislative experience. Obama has also won the most elections. Clinton's 'experience' advantage seems to be based on being married to a Governor and President. Dem primary voters need to ask themselves if the experience of being a spouse is the kind of experience that makes a good President. In my opinion, the Dems should nominate someone who can be a leader, who can convince people to rethink their position, who can convince people that we're stronger if we work together than if we fight one another.

Posted by: bsimon | January 9, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

I like all the talk about Sen. Obama being the candidate to run all the way to November. Unfortunately its flawed.

We live in a nation of color, especially when it comes to politics. Red and Blue states. Yellow-dog democrats. It is sad but true to say that Mr. Obama is the wrong color. Its not that he's too black -- he's too green. He's too inexperienced to win a general election.

For all of his comparisons to JFK, Mr. Obama did not have 14 years in Congress under his belt, nor was he a war hero.

Could you imagine an Obama-McCain election? Sen. McCain will trounce Sen. Obama on experience and national security. The realism of fear always trumps the poetry of hope. Look at how the Republicans swiftboated Kerry. They'll do worse to a man who has no military background and has openly admitted to hard drug use.

If the rest of the Democratic party is half as smart as those party goers in New Hampshire, Sen. Clinton or Sen. Edwards will get the nomination.

Posted by: thesportsguy | January 9, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

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