Clinton Finally Figures Out the Internet

She's no Obama, but suddenly Hillary has online donors too
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 22, 2008 2:29 PM CDT
Supporters of Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton cheer during a campaign rally in Evansville, Ind., Thursday, March 20, 2008.    (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton is suddenly raking in donations over the Internet, the New York Times reports. Clinton took in $30 million online in February, and looks on pace for similar figures in March. That may pale before the $45 million the webizens bestowed upon Barack Obama, but it’s a landmark for Clinton, whose online pull had previously topped out at $8 million.

By now, Clinton has mostly exhausted the network of big-money donors her husband helped assemble, so she was in desperate need of a second revenue stream. Her camp has long held that Obama’s younger supporters are simply more web-savvy than Clinton’s older base. But once the campaign began focusing on the web—increasing e-mail donation pleas, for example—the money followed.