01/02/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Obama: The Billion Dollar Man

Nearly two years ago, Barack Obama muscled his way into the top tier of presidential contenders by breaking fundraising records.

When the 2008 campaign books are closed, the Democratic president-elect will shatter another record by coming close to, or capturing, the title of the first billion-dollar candidate.

That's roughly how much the Obama finance team will have raised for his campaign, convention, transition and Jan. 20 Inauguration events.

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