Clintons Boast $12 Million Online Haul
By Matthew Mosk
The fundraising hauls just keep piling higher.
Bill Clinton let the latest number slip while speaking in front of about 4,000 people at George Mason University last night -- his wife has taken in $12 million in Internet contributions since Super Tuesday, he said.
The number, confirmed by the campaign, represents a marked shift in activity since January, when the Clinton campaign raised just over $13 million in total contributions for the month -- and that includes the big money raised at fundraising events. During the final three months of last year, donations of less than $200 -- typically what's contributed online -- represented just 15 percent of the contributions Clinton received.
Clinton's inability to keep up with rival Barack Obama online left her swamped in January. Obama saw a deluge of donations flow in from Internet donors -- $28 million for the month. Clinton was so far behind she had to lend her campaign $5 million from her own bank account.
Something changed in February. While Obama's campaign continues to report a steady flow of funds coming in online, the number Bill Clinton revealed last night represents a sudden and dramatic shift. Even her own campaign aides have privately expressed surprise at the size of the number.
Clinton insiders have credited their post-Super Tuesday announcement of a money crunch for prying open the spigot. They said people simply didn't realize that Clinton needed money.
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