Obama Draws $32.5M in Campaign Cash

Surges past Hillary's $28M in second-quarter fundraising
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2007 3:47 AM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois works the crowd as he arrives to address an estimated 3,000 supporters at his Minnesota campaign kickoff, Friday, June 29, 2007 in Minneapolis....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama raised $32.5 million in total campaign contributions in the second quarter of 2007, handily beating Hillary Clinton's powerhouse fundraising machine to lead the Democratic pack, the Washington Post reports. Some 154,000 contributors, most giving relatively moderate amounts, ponied up for the campaign while Clinton raised an estimated $28 million.

The average contribution to Barack's campaign was $202. He became the first Democrat to surpass $30 million in a quarter during a non-election year, even though Clinton leads in most popularity polls. John Edwards finished a distant third in the race to build a war chest,  raising $9 million. (Read more Hillary Clinton stories.)