Barack topped Hill in the primary fundraising race, figures released yesterday showed, and New York mag knows why: Obama has not only won over some key Clinton-family loyalists, but culled a new generation of fortysomething donors with ample assets and Rolodexes to match. The result is Obama's $24.8 million primary war chest, which bests Hillary's by nearly $6 million.
Hillary's campaign comes across as a steamroller, defecters say, while Obama has charmed a flock of New York's biggest bundlers, from relative newbie investment banker Robert Wolf—who has already raised $500K—to longtime Clintonite Orin Kramer. "The market has mispriced him,” Kramer told friends of Obama. “The street thinks he’s a 5-to-1 underdog, but I think he’s undervalued.”