Dems Raise Big Bucks Online

GOP trails 2 to 1; Obama has the biggest online presence
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 13, 2007 4:00 PM CDT
Sen. Hillary Clinton, from left, talks with Sen. John Edwards, center, and Sen. Barack Obama after a forum of Democratic presidential hopefuls speaking before delegates at the annual NAACP convention...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The three leading Democrats in the presidential race have raised more than twice as much money online as the three leading Republicans, the Times reports. For the first 6 months of the year, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John Edwards combined to top $28 million, against $14 million for Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, and Mitt Romney.

Web donations tend to be small ($100 or so), but many donors seem willing to give repeatedly. Obama, the most Internet-savvy candidate, uses the Web for organizing as well as fundraising. His MySpace page has drawn more than 136,000 friends; on Facebook, he has some 102,000. Meanwhile, observers say, the GOP isn’t keeping up with the world of new media. (Read more campaign funds stories.)