Clinton Rules Quarterly Fundraising

With $27M total, Hillary tops Obama ($20M) for first time
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2007 1:21 PM CDT
Democratic presidential hopefuls Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., left, and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., are framed by a set prop during the Democratic presidential debate sponsored by CNN, YouTube...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton isn't just dominating Barack Obama in the primary polls: Today marks the first time she can brag of better fundraising, having gathered $27 million in the third quarter compared to her chief rival’s $20 million. The summer season is typically difficult for donations, the AP reports, and yet a Clinton campaign email bragged of its best quarter yet.

Of that amount, Clinton can spend $22 million in the primary, to Obama's $19 million. Her total primary fundraising figure is now at $72.6 million, shy of the challenger’s $74.9 million. But cash-on-hand figures—the amount remaining after subtracting expenditures—are more important going forward than are donation totals. Indeed, Obama has spent heavily, and didn’t disclose available cash stats.