Obama's $40M in March Doubles Clinton's Take

Money isn't everything, Hillary camp reminds— but it's still a big deal
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 3, 2008 4:53 PM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama raised $40 million in March to Hillary Clinton’s $20 million, and, Chris Cillizza writes in the Washington Post, financial perceptions could spell doom for the former first lady. While Clinton appears to have the money to compete right now, she’ll only keep raking it in if fence-sitting donors believe enough in her viability to make the investment.

Clinton's camp points out that she handily won the Texas and Ohio primaries despite being roundly outspent; Cillizza reminds that poverty revelations in February brought in big bank. But, Cillizza concludes, Clinton “cannot afford to have stories about outstanding debts, staff not being paid or gross differential between what she and Obama are spending on television in the remaining 10 contests.”