August 18, 2008

Obama Raises $51M; McCain $27M

By The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) - The presidential campaign of Barack Obama says that

the Democratic candidate raised more than $51 million in July.

Obama's campaign began August with $65.8 million on hand, according to a statement the campaign issued Saturday in Chicago.

On Friday, the campaign of Republican candidate John McCain said the presumed GOP nominee had raised $27 million in July. That was McCain's biggest monthly haul since clinching the nomination.

McCain reported having

$21 million available to spend.

Obama campaign manager David Plouffe says that 65,000 new donors contributed to the Obama campaign and that more than 2 million now have given Obama money for his presidential bid.

McCain's campaign says it has logged 600,000 donors.

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