Obama Raises $30M in March

Clinton estimated at $20M amid concern about mounting debts, delayed payments
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2008 8:57 AM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., is still ahead of Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, in the fund-raising race.    (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama had a tough March, but his campaign raised upwards of $30 million, reports Time—less than February's $55 million but enough to give him a hefty margin over Hillary Clinton’s estimated $20 million. Clinton's campaign, which hasn't released its March results yet, has been dogged by vendors publicizing her debts, which totaled nearly $9 million at one point.

Campaign debt is normal, but one insider worries that it could be a problem if she loses. "If you have a $10 million debt when this thing is over," he notes, "she has to pay it off, and then, 4 years later, raise $30 million to $40 million"  to win re-election to the Senate.