04 April 2007

Obama's Strong Showing

On the one hand, one laments the political reality that candidates for office raise these kinds of sums (25 million dollars?!), not to mention a media that proclaims as "frontrunner" the individual who scores the most donated cash.

On the other hand, it’s hard not to be impressed by Obama’s success. Could it be -- and here the 100,000 donors vs. 50,000 donors comparison is more germane than the $26M vs. $25M -- that Obama really is attracting a wider swath of the American public than Clinton?

Obama fundraising rivals Clinton
Chicago Tribune
April 4, 2007

Sen. Barack Obama raised at least $25 million dollars during the first quarter for his presidential campaign, a total surprisingly close to the $26 million collected by his chief rival for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Overall, Obama received contributions from more than 100,000 individuals, his campaign said. Clinton received donations from about 50,000 people, while Edwards took in money from about 37,000 donors.

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