US Senator Barack Obama outraised Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton by $10 million in second-quarter contributions that can be spent on the Democratic presidential primary contest, aided by the contributions of 154,000 individual donors.
Obama's campaign on Sunday reported raising at least $31 million for the primary contest and an extra $1.5 million for the general election from April through June, a record for a Democratic candidate.
Clinton's campaign announced late Sunday that she had raised $21 million for the primary. With general election contributions added, aides said her total sum would be "in the range" of $27 million. Candidates can only use general election money if they win their party's nomination.
Obama's whopping amount ensures his place as a top contender for the Democratic nomination. It steals the spotlight from Clinton, his main rival. And it establishes the two of them as the fundraising juggernauts of the entire presidential field.
Counting this quarter's surge of donors, the first-term senator from Illinois has received donations from more than 258,000 donors through the first half of the year, an extraordinary figure at this stage of the campaign. Obama raised $25.7 million in the first three months of the year.
"Together, we have built the largest grass-roots campaign in history for this stage of a presidential race," Obama said in a statement on Sunday. "That's the kind of movement that can change the special interest-driven politics in Washington and transform our country. And it's just the beginning."
The Clinton campaign would not divulge its number of donors.
Meanwhile, Democrat John Edwards raised more than $9 million from April through June and relied on nearly 100,000 donors during the first half of the year.
The fundraising total met the campaign's stated goal but was about $5 million less than what he took in during the first three months of the year. The campaign has said it is on track to raise $40 million by the Iowa caucuses in January.
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson was at Edward's heels, with his campaign reporting more than $7 million raised. But Edwards' six-month total was $23 million, compared with more than $13 million for Richardson.
While several Democrats revealed their total sums, Republicans were not expected to announce their figures until later in the week.
Among Republicans, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney's campaign has said he will fall short of the $20.7 million raised in earlier in the year.
Rudy Giuliani was expected to exceed his first quarter total of $16 million. Senator John McCain, R-Arizona, was struggling to match the $13.8 million he took in during the first quarter.
Source: China Daily/agencies