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Feb. Not the Shortest Month for Obama

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Posted on Mar 6, 2008
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Though March dealt him some disappointments, February was very good to Barack Obama. His campaign blew away records by raising $55 million—that’s $20 million more than the amount taken in by Hillary Clinton, who had her best month yet. But the best news of all for Obama is that, according to The Hotline, $54 million of that money can be used in the primaries.

That’s because most of Obama’s support comes from small contributions by many donors. He had 385,101 first-time contributors in February.

Clinton has run into difficulty because many of her supporters have already contributed the maximum allowed amount, which means some of the money she has raised could be used only in the general election.

Which is why Clinton allies have created “527 groups” to run ads in Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania. They can raise unlimited amounts of money to advertise on Clinton’s behalf, so long as they don’t coordinate with the campaign.

A similar group is already running ads against John McCain, and was just outed by the Center for Investigative Reporting and National Public Radio.


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WASHINGTON (AP)—Democratic Sen. Barack Obama raised a record $55 million in February for his presidential campaign, eclipsing rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s own substantial fundraising for the month. All told, Obama has raised $193 million during his yearlong bid for the White House.

The campaign’s announcement Thursday came two days after Obama lost three of four primaries to Clinton. Her victories stopped his winning streak and extended the race into an unpredictable future.

Obama’s February total was his second fundraising record. He raised $36 million in January, more than any other presidential candidate who has ever been in a contested primary. His combined January and February totals nearly matched what he raised last year.

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By cyrena, March 7, 2008 at 4:35 pm Link to this comment

You mean ALL THREE channels in Texas, right?

So, since you got so sick of seeing him on TV, did ya ever think ya might wanna read a book instead?

Nah..not in Texas.

But still, couldn’t you just have stayed at Bible Study from Monday through until today at least? Then you wouldn’t have needed the TV or been bothered with THREE saturated channels.

Oh..BTW…maybe he didn’t mess up so badly in Texas after all…I read that he’s ahead in your ‘step-two’ caucuses.

And, who’s COURIOUS George? That’s what I mean about it not hurting to maybe read a book…like the dictionary, from time to time. Is this ‘courious’ some code for something?

I see you didn’t vote for him. That’s ONE good thing.

Remember what John Edwards said at the first debate? He said for anybody who wouldn’t vote for Hillary because she was a woman, or anyone who wouldn’t vote for Barack because he was black, HE (John Edwards) DIDN’T WANT YOUR VOTE!!

Now of course neither Barack nor Hillary could get away with saying that, but I’ll say it for them both…if that’s the primary reason for bad mouthing either one of them, then neither of them needs your vote, nor should either of them want it.

Stick with McCain. He’s a real “Texan’s” man. ‘Ya’ll’ can even be buried in adjoining plots.

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By surfbum3000, March 7, 2008 at 10:30 am Link to this comment
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Why does the media always report how much money a candidate has raised?  The entire media coverage is reported like a horse race, and the implication is that those with the most money will the political position.  What a sad statement about American democracy.

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By DennisD, March 7, 2008 at 8:42 am Link to this comment
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$55 Million may seem like a lot but thanks to our politicians and corporate thieves it may soon be just gas money in our Bu$h-wacked economy.

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By dorkus waffkebrain, March 7, 2008 at 8:07 am Link to this comment
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He spent it all in Texas.  Our stations were saturated.  Would change channels he’d be on that one.  Really got sick of Courious George on every channel.  As one of his advisors said ” we fu*ked up in Ohio” they did in Texas as well.

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