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Obama Raises $31 Million in April, Clinton Reports $22 Million

Updated 10:14 p.m.
By Garance Franke-Ruta and Perry Bacon Jr.
After the state of Kentucky was called for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton tonight, Sen. Barack Obama's campaign announced that it raised $31.3 million in April in primary funds, as well as an additional $600,000 for the general election.

That's down from more than $40 million in March and $55 million in February, suggesting that donors saw the race winding down as Obama built a nearly insurmountable delegate lead over Clinton.

Still, thousands of new supporters were drawn into Obama's fundraising fold, where they can be tapped again for a general election contest. According to the campaign, it gained more than 200,000 new donors in April, and 94 percent of their of contributions were under $200. All told, by the end of April 1.475 million donors had given the campaign 2,929,000 million separate donations, with an average value of $91.

The campaign said it had $37.3 million remaining cash on hand, plus $9.2 million already banked for the general election.

The Clinton campaign, in contrast, reported its second-best monthly fundraising haul to date, more than $22 million, according to a campaign spokesman. That's up slightly from last month's figures, perhaps reflecting the increased intensity of Clinton and her supporters as her odds of winning the nomination appeared to decline.

"Included in the $22 million total ... is $10 million raised by the campaign in the 48 hours after Hillary's significant Pennsylvania victory," the Clinton campaign said later in an e-mail formally announcing the number. "This total is in addition to a loan to the campaign of $5 million."

Posted at 8:51 PM ET on May 20, 2008  | Category:  The Green Zone
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Posted by: gnkur1g0mf | May 23, 2008 7:02 AM

Obama better not be using our donations to save that Clinton's debt.

If she wants to be president, she should take some financial lessons.

Tick Tick Tick

61 delegates to go Sen. Obama...

Hillary is in the state of denial....

I won't go home -this is MY PRESIDENCY...wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Hillary is competing with herself, like a dog chasing it's own tail.
Sad...
tick tick tick...

Posted by: working class of capitol hill | May 23, 2008 1:40 AM

ANOTHER example of this "sexism" that doesn't exist:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ulw4dBr7e4


No surprise Brazile has ALWAYS supported Obama but won't even support WOMEN here!!!!

I guess she follows Oprah's idea that she is a FREE (emphasised) woman!

Brazile is a poor example of a Superdelegate!

I for the first time in my life will vote Republican if the DNC thinks they can BULLY me into taking Obama - IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN!!

Posted by: Hillary has received MORE VOTES than anyone EVER in a PRIMARY!!! | May 21, 2008 11:01 PM

Hillary loaned her campaign another 5 million in April? Does this mean that she now has "loaned" herself over 16 million dollars? That is an incredible amount of money for an anti-latte-drinking, working class poor woman worker, non-elite, non-college-educted, whiskey-beer-swilling gun-toting back-country candidate to have to buy the top job in the US. Hillary says we must think of the race as a hiring decision. So, should we hire the person who lies, panders, runs up enormous debts, stiffs her small-business creditors, lies, squanders assets, destroys a brand name, lies, and then tries to buy the job when all else fails? YES, we should! I am a woman and I have waited all my life for a woman president. We white women have had a much much harder history in the US than blacks, especially black men, who have been entitled since the republic began to favored treatment. I'll vote for McCain if Hillary loses. The US should never have accepted emanciption. See where freeing black people from slavery have gotten us white women!!

Posted by: shirl | May 21, 2008 3:39 PM

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Posted by: bigpatty23 | May 21, 2008 12:04 PM

So Hillary's campaign is now $31 MILLION in debt.

That raises some serious questions.
Is it worth it?
Why is it worth it?
Who is owed?
How would it be repaid?
Is there some reason why someone would go into that much debt to run for an office that couldn't possibly pay back that kind of money in four or even eight years?
So that begs the question, What is the ulterior motive?

Something is awfully fishy here and the smell is American Politics.

Where does the money trail lead?

Posted by: Sparky | May 21, 2008 10:49 AM

Vet sk Our you on drugs? The green papers which is not politically afiliated shows Hillary Clinton with a plurality if votes. If you condider the uncommitted voters in Michigan Obama would have a 101, 000 vote majority. And yes caucauces are less representative. Particularly harmful if your support happens to be blue collar not elitist swine.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 21, 2008 7:30 AM

Remember in the fall when you Hillary Clinton were asked about the Iraq vote and you said I voted how I thought I should and if you don't like it there are others to vote for. Well, thanks Hillary Clinton, we did find someone else to vote for. Hillary your vote for Iraq was a calculated vote to put you in position to run for President. Well, if you would have Calculated better and voted against it, you would be the nominee.

But now you are running like you are one of the people. Please! You are the richest of all the candidates running and are far more an a elitists then everyone else. The fact that you continue to push the rumors to your working class minions about Obama shows how manipulative you really are. And you even have women believing they are the downtrodden. Hillary you are not downtrodden. You are a US Senator. And remember how you got there too Hillary. Certainly not how many other great women got there on their own volition. You instead rode to the Whitehouse purely on your husbands adulterous coattails. Poor Hillary. But Hillary stop using people like they are yours to manipulate.

And don't call my vote from a caucus state worthless either. Perhaps in past elections caucuses were activivists but this year the turnouts for caucuses had primary like numbers. So in your 50 state count, you also need to count the small caucus states which puts you about 1.4 million votes behind.

Posted by: Vet SK | May 21, 2008 4:51 AM

America!
Are you racist? Sexist?
Please prove to the world that you are a free country.

Posted by: Freedom all over the world | May 21, 2008 4:09 AM

Moe wrote
>Unlike you

Hey Mohammed,You can dream on but no Hussein is gonna become our president.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 21, 2008 3:13 AM

Moe wrote
>Unlike you

Hey Mohammed,You can dream on but no Hussein is gonna become our president.

Posted by: Dan | May 21, 2008 3:13 AM

All together now:

Ding-Dong the Witch is Dead...

http://klintons.com

Posted by: Bob | May 21, 2008 1:45 AM

JakeD wrote:
> The Barack HUSSEIN Obama campaign never sent back MY donation ...

Unlike you, they know better than to send dead animals through the postal system. If you actually wanted it back, you should have retrieved it from the dumpster like you were told to.

Next time, have more consideration for our postal workers!

Posted by: Moe | May 21, 2008 1:27 AM

I saw the tape of mccain admitting he's ok with spending a hundred years in Iraq, and now he says 5.

Funny how that's right after the year of a re-election.... I could picture one of his trademark winks to his pro-war buddies...

Posted by: eljefejesus | May 21, 2008 12:57 AM

Obama already beat Hillary (unofficially in February).

The only formality left is dispatching of McCain's pro-war, weak on economy candidacy.

Posted by: eljefejesus | May 21, 2008 12:47 AM

75 more delegates to go and counting...

Posted by: Bush/Clinton/Bush/Clinton Club | May 21, 2008 12:40 AM

So during the primary season alone hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent. Yet we have a trillion dollar deficit. People in this country are working two and three jobs just to make ends meet. China and Myanmar have lost hundreds of thousands of people and are starving. Gas is reaching four dollars a galllon. Some third world countries can not afford to buy our food to feed their own people it is getting so expensive. Does this make sense??!!!!! These are only a few our and the world's problems.

Posted by: Mike | May 21, 2008 12:30 AM

Obama beat the Clintons, and be the president.

Posted by: Tony | May 21, 2008 12:21 AM

Jerseygirl, unfortunately for Senator Clinton, February counts. So does January. Welcome back to the Senate, Mrs. Clinton. I hear there is a gubernatorial election in NY in 3 years. In the meantime, Senator Kennedy will be stepping aside soon, so there is room in the Senate leadership.

Posted by: KPOM1 | May 21, 2008 12:15 AM

There are states that have caucuses, other primaries or a combination of both. This is a UNION of states. Every state has the right to choose the way to vote and how to select their delegates.
It is unacceptable that someone in a desperate move has to look for a metric to say I won, when the metric is clear "delegates". Everybody knew and knows the rules. The system is fair. Otherwise what about just having a single national primary, like other countries have. I do not like that idea. Because it would not be a union anymore. That is the only way to claim popular vote as a valid metric.

Posted by: Alexander | May 21, 2008 12:10 AM

Sadly, this election has reminded us that old, white people and blue collar folks still hate blacks. Also, Hillary has shown herself to be so power hungry that she has become delusional.I'd like to see a woman as President. It would be good for the country. Unfortunately, Hillary is a terrible person irrespective of gender.

Posted by: Ted | May 20, 2008 11:55 PM

Well, at least Hillary can get her $11.4M back! Thanks, chumps!

Posted by: Me too! | May 20, 2008 11:54 PM

John McCain is competitive with Obama in polls but the disparity in fund raising has to be troubling to the McCain campaign. They will probably have to rely on public financing and will be swamped be Obama spending.

If they think they can shame Obama into taking public financing by citing statements that he made saying that he would take it then they are living in a dream world. The Obama campaign would have to be stupid to take public financing and bring themselves down to McCain's level.

Posted by: danielhancock | May 20, 2008 11:49 PM

There were 4 primaries in January INCLUDING Mich and Fla, which don't count because they were uncontested. On 2/1 Clinton (including the rogue primaries but not the caucases) had a lead of 476762 popular votes. As of this morning,(including the rogue primary states but not the caucases) Clinton had a lead of about 26,000.

So please explain how she lost 450,000 votes from her Feb 1 lead but is winning by 500,000 since February?

www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2008/president/democratic_vote_count.html

Posted by: Damien | May 20, 2008 11:43 PM

Hillary Clinton will be our next President.

We love you Hillary.

We know you love us.

We know you love this country.

We know your husband loves this country.

Hillary has spent her life being dedicated to this country - for us.

Hillary Clinton, Our Next American President!

http://www.hillaryclinton.com

Posted by: Hillary 08 | May 20, 2008 11:36 PM

I'm sorry but jersey girl is hilarious. Winning since February? what in the hell kind of statistic is that? John Kerry has been beating bush since December of 04! Also, its not true. And its irrelevant.

Posted by: Damien | May 20, 2008 11:35 PM

Clinton has won the popular vote by almost half a million since February. She keeps winning even though the Obama believers keep calling the race. She had her second best fundraising month in April when the pundits were already declaring her DOA. Is something wrong with this picture? Welcome back to the Senate, Mr. Obama.

Posted by: Jersey girrl | May 20, 2008 11:07 PM

The first Democratic President of the
21st century is:

Senator Barack Obama

I've made up my mind who to vote for.
It boils down to how well you can run your campaign!

Looks like Obama knows how. Otherwise, they're platforms are about the same.

Go Democrates '08

Posted by: rwillams | May 20, 2008 10:50 PM

Posted by: jakeD's shadow | May 20, 2008 10:22 PM

jake, some feminazi put together a great greatest video hits of so-called Hillery slights. Quickly turns into a lesbian goo fest.

Posted by: jakeD's shadow | May 20, 2008 10:19 PM

Vets for Obama!!!!

Obama/Webb '08!!!

Posted by: gdc95@hotmail.com | May 20, 2008 10:19 PM

The fundraising & grass roots movement set forth by Obama & Co...is something to be admired & duplicated...

Obama/Webb 08!

Posted by: PaigeInPhilly | May 20, 2008 9:52 PM

actually I need it for Pilattes classes and I'm hoping, a Arlington escort afterwards. Won't be enough to buy a stamp. Next time though.

Posted by: jakeD's shadow | May 20, 2008 9:45 PM

Could you just send it via mail (cash or check) instead?

Posted by: JakeD | May 20, 2008 9:22 PM

let's hope he does not pull a Dave Chappell and leave us with that angry monster on the front page, with the lime green couch cushion pant suit... where she is speaking at Transylvania U.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | May 20, 2008 9:21 PM

actually I have your refund Jake. Meet me at the Rockville Metro Station at your convenience.

Posted by: jakeD's shadow | May 20, 2008 9:19 PM

that is a lot of tribute to the Nigerean oil cartel, as sv would say.

Posted by: pubichaironmycokecan | May 20, 2008 9:17 PM

The Barack HUSSEIN Obama campaign never sent back MY donation ...

Posted by: JakeD | May 20, 2008 8:55 PM

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