January Take: Obama $36M, Clinton $13.5M, Mac $11.6M

Small Internet donations key Obama success; debate over public funds grows
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2008 2:51 PM CST
Republican presidential hopeful, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., talks to reporters aboard his 'Straight Talk Express' campaign bus, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008, en route from Columbus, Ohio to Yellow Springs,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama vastly outpaced his rivals in January fundraising, scoring $36 million to Hillary Clinton’s $13.5 million and John McCain’s $11.6 million. The Democratic front-runner drew $28 million online, with 90% of donations at or below $100. Obama is now on the spot over a 2007 pledge to accept public financing; the fundraising-averse McCain campaign has lambasted Obama’s “backpedaling and waffling."

Mac spent $10.4 million in January, the AP reports; on Feb. 1, he had $5.2 million on hand and $5.5 million in debt. Obama’s web strength means he’s been largely able to avoid traditional fundraisers this year. Clinton’s Internet pull has increased substantially, the New York Times adds, as the New Yorker has already pulled down $15 million on her site this month.