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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) hauled in a record-setting $55 million for February, with the lion's share -- $45 million -- raised online. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton raised $35 million, also a staggering amount for a month, until it is compared to Obama's total.

As Obama's Internet strength swells with low-dollar donors, he is ramping up another round of events, sending a team of surrogates on the presidential campaign trail in the U.S., England, Spain and France, the Sun-Times has learned. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are the draws later in the month at a Boston event for Obama.

As Obama's Internet strength swells with low-dollar donors, he is ramping up another round of events, sending a team of surrogates on the presidential campaign trail in the U.S., England, Spain and France, the Sun-Times has learned. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are the draws later in the month at a Boston event for Obama.

In the meantime, Clinton is penciling in fund-raising events in March, mainly on the East Coast, while former President Bill Clinton hits the Midwest, Florida and California in the weeks ahead.


In the meantime, Clinton is penciling in fund-raising events in March, mainly on the East Coast, while former President Bill Clinton hits the Midwest, Florida and California in the weeks ahead.

Both campaigns are concentrating on March and early April because of the millions of dollars it will cost to contest Pennsylvania, which has an April 22 primary and expensive media markets.

Most of the February money raised by Clinton was for the primary; $54 million of Obama's take was for now, with the rest to be used for the general if he wins the nomination. Obama showed remarkable strength -- topping his previous one-month record of $36 million in January.

Clinton found that her victories in Texas, Ohio and Rhode Island gave her an on-line spike, taking in $4 million since polls closed on Tuesday. Obama's campaign said 90 percent of his donations last month were $100 or less. He is still finding new donors to harvest; the campaign said more than 75 percent of the Internet donors in February were first-time online donors.

Still, Obama remains on the hunt for major donations and he has been doing well enough that surrogates--not Obama -- have been keynoting events, freeing up his time. On Tuesday in Oak Park, the draws at an event were Obama finance chair Penny Pritzker and the newly controversial chief economic adviser Austan Goolsbee, the University of Chicago professor who just got snagged in a controversy over comments he made regarding NAFTA to the Canadian consul general in Chicago.

On Wednesday, author Samantha Power, a foreign policy adviser to Obama, was on a European swing to raise cash from U.S. citizens there. According to a schedule obtained by the Sun-Times, she was featured at a lunch on Wednesday, followed by a teleconference with donors in Paris. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is set for a breakfast in Washington today while foreign policy adviser Tony Lake hits Madrid, Spain; New York and Connecticut. Stars Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner host a party in Boston on March 16 and Vanessa Kerry, (wife)CORRECTION daughter of Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), throws a fund-raiser on March 18, also in Boston. Obama's Harvard law school professor Larry Tribe is the draw at an event in Brookline, adjacent to Boston, on March 20.

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Vanessa Kerry is Sen. John Kerry's daughter -- not wife.

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I goofed. thanks. will fix

If Rezko is the man behind the curtain, Obama is back there with him. No more Ben and Jennifer movies for me!

SURE OBAMA MAKES MORE MONEY,HE HAS OPRAH!!!!!!!!!!!

Did tired looking Jack Nicholson work for Hilary? - is it not time for the Barack Obama to start using such as Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner and Matt Damon who have all come out and endorsed Obama.

No many people seem to have picked up on another "wild" Hilary statement:

"I helped to bring peace to Northern Ireland," she told CNN on Wednesday. But negotiators from the parties that helped broker the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 told The Daily Telegraph that her role was peripheral and that she played no part in the gruelling political talks over the years. This is an Insult to the people of Northern Ireland, the UK, Ireland and here in the USA, but of course it is Hilary anything for her own self interest!

John--go back to sleep. The Daily Telegraph is a rag. Irish cops and political fixers probably aren't offended by that at all. The sexist hatred of Hilary Clinton is only fueling a lot of women and even men to go into the booth and pull for Hilary. Keep it up. Because if we have Obama at the top of the ticket, we not only get McCain in the White House, we lose Congress. And then you won't be able to find an attorney to help you get your disability restored when the cut it. And cut they will.
This is too important an election to let neophyte politicians and their ham-handed campaign staff let the repugs in again.

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