HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Just got off a flight, and the news is that Sen. Barack Obama raised more than $40 million in March.
I'm filing a quick Web story, so here's the Obama release with the basics:
More Than 442,000 Donors Help Obama Raise Over $40 Million in March
CHICAGO, IL, Senator Barack Obama's campaign announced today that more than 442,000 contributors across the country gave more than $40 million in March. More than 218,000 donors contributed to the campaign for the first time, and the average contribution level was $96.
Senator Obama has always said that this campaign would rise or fall on the willingness of the American people to become partners in an effort to change our politics and start a new chapter in our history, campaign manager David Plouffe said. Today we're seeing the American people's extraordinary desire to change Washington, as tens of thousands of new contributors joined the more than a million Americans who have already taken ownership of this campaign for change. Many of our contributors are volunteering for the campaign, making our campaign the largest grassroots army in recent political history.
March Fundraising by the Numbers
Total Raised in March: More than $40 million
Contributors in March: More than 442,000
First-Time Contributors in March: More than 218,000
Average Contribution: $96
Total Contributors to Date: More than 1,276,000
Also worth noting, Sen. Hillary Clinton's spokesman Howard Wolfson said on a conference call just now his boss will have the "resources to compete" against Obama, who is outspending her 4-to-1 in Pennsylvania. But he said the campaign won't release the numbers until the filing period, an indication the figure isn't worth bragging about.