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Obama Doesn't Need Colleagues' Cash

Is Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) even trying to raise money from his fellow members of Congress?

That question arises after a look at Obama's latest fundraising report -- the one that showed he raised nearly $43 million in March alone. And how much of that cash haul came from the campaigns of other Democratic lawmakers? A grand total of zero dollars and zero cents (though Obama did rake in a $127 contribution from a Democratic congressional candidate, Mike Turner of Virginia's 10th district). According to numbers compiled by CQ Moneyline, Obama has now raised just $10,600 for the entire cycle from congressional incumbents and candidates, or roughly 0.00004 percent of the $240 million he's raised overall.

Contrast that with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), who has raised $107,000 this cycle from other candidates and incumbents, according to CQ Moneyline. Now, she hasn't exactly been raking it in from colleagues lately either -- in the first three months of 2008, Clinton got just over $15,000 from the re-election accounts of eight Democratic members of Congress. But it's still a lot more than Obama's ever raised from that constituency, even though they both have roughly the same number of lawmaker endorsements.

So again, is Obama even bothering to ask his colleagues for money? Or is he just raising so much that even his Capitol Hill supporters don't feel their donations are needed? Either way, he seems to be doing just fine without them.

By Ben Pershing  |  April 21, 2008; 5:55 PM ET
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So where is Obama getting all of his money.?
From Overseas? I read that the muslim world loves him and would like to see him in office.

Posted by: Lee-Florida | April 22, 2008 2:12 AM | Report abuse

Have you been in a cave with your eyes shut and your fingers in your ears for the past 15 months?

90% of Obama's donations come from individuals averaging $100. I've given $75 in three $25 chunks. He makes so much money because individuals (1.3 million of us) believe in his campaign and his message. And we all hate that he's been dragged into the mud by Her Royal Clinton. Who, by the way is broke, owes millions in unpaid bills to small businesses across the country and can't get any more money because all of her big money contributors are already maxed out at $2300.

Despite so many's penchant for Capping his middle name (it's Hussein) I would imagine yes, muslims, europeans, Africans and billions of others across the globe would love to see Barack Obama as president, just like millions of people here would. It would mean the people of the U.S. recognize and reject the self destructive path that we've been on for the past decade and are at least making an effort to better oursleves.


Posted by: nemotoad | April 22, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

What does Obama need their money for? He's managing a ground roots campaign and has received donations from over 1.3 million individual americans - his real consistutency.

Posted by: Julie | April 22, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

I have donated to Obama starting out with $10 the first month, $15 the second and $25 monthly now because I believe strongly in his message of hope.

Posted by: ob08 | April 22, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't matter where the $$ comes from; although I found it interesting that money Obama received from Ali Ata, recent "squeal" in the Rezko trial, was just donated "last summer". Obama received these funds in 2003. It took him 5 years to figure out the guy was crooked?? Come on, Obama isn't that squeaky clean. And I'd be curious to see if he has "donated" all of the money he has received from the Illinois govt crook brigade....

Don't kid yourself -- he came out front early to distance himself from Rezko, almost too early... makes you wonder what other money-launderers he has backing him.

Posted by: IllinoisVoter | April 22, 2008 11:52 PM | Report abuse

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