Obama Pulled In $32M in January

Meanwhile, McCain makes headway after beginning '08 in debt
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2008 11:34 AM CST
Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., center, talks on his phone as senior campaign staff members Charlie Black, left, and Mark Salter, are seen on their charter plane as it refuels...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama has raised $32 million this month, the Washington Post reports—a massive number in such a short span. The Democrat's campaign manager reported 170,000 new donors in January, raising the total number of contributors to 650,000. The best fundraising day was immediately following Hillary Clinton’s Jan. 8 victory in New Hampshire—which the Obama camp interprets as showing “the resolve” of supporters.

The spokesman said the financial success has enabled an aggressive ad campaign, putting Obama commercials in “every Feb. 5 state at pretty high levels.” Meanwhile, a new report shows John McCain's campaign was $1.5 million in debt when 2008 began, NPR adds. But his organization says stellar fundraising in January outstripped the $7 million raised in all of 2007’s fourth quarter. (Read more Barack Obama stories.)