McCain, Obama Raise $21M Each

Dem suffers slowest fundraising month of the year, campaigns with Clinton next week
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 21, 2008 12:11 PM CDT
Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will meet next week.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File )
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(Newser) – John McCain nearly matched Barack Obama’s fundraising intake last month, granting the presumptive Republican presidential nominee “a level of parity that would have been unimaginable just a few months ago,” MSNBC says. McCain scored $21.5 million while Obama, whose fundraising slumped to its lowest levels of the year, pulled in $21.9 million.

Obama, who’s running the most expensive presidential campaign in US history, has taken in $287 million since last year, more than double McCain's $115 million. Next week, Obama will meet with Hillary Clinton and her top fundraisers, and then campaign with his former Democratic rival. A Clinton finance official says it would behoove Obama to pay off Clinton’s debt.