Senator Obama has had a nice news cycle.
He has outclassed the Clinton machine in the donation acquisition process.
ABC News has learned that the $23.5 million Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., raised for his presidential campaign for use in the primaries is more than that raised by the Democratic frontrunner, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y.
Of the $26 million Clinton has raised in the first quarter of 2007 for her presidential campaign, approximately $20 million is for use in the primaries and caucuses, sources tell ABC News.
Clinton has a distinct money advantage and leads in every national poll, but the fact that rookie Obama has bested a veteran like Clinton in many aspects of fundraising -- he rasied $6.9 million on the Internet, for instance, compared with Clinton's $4.2 million -- has stunned the political world.
Obama received donations from more than 100,000 donors, far surpassing any other candidate, including Clinton (50,000), Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., (45,000), former Sen. John Edwards, D-NC, (40,000) or former GOP Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (32,000).Now, it is a little odd, with Romney's success being brushed off, but the stats behind the numbers Obama accrued, leave little doubt about the excitement behind him and his candidacy.
And 90-percent of Obama's donors contributed $100 or less, as opposed to the presumbed larger percentage of Clinton donors who contributed the maximum contribution allowed by law, $2,300 per person per voting cycle.
"That means exponential growth is possible for him in a way that is not available to Hillary Clinton right now," explained Democratic strategist Joe Trippi. "(The Clintons) were counting on blowing everybody out this first quarter and sort of, like, slamming the door."