Clinton leads fundraising pack

Oct. 2, 2007 at 7:36 PM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton’s campaign announced Tuesday her third-quarter fundraising outpaced her closest rival, Sen. Barack Obama.

The New York Democrat brought in $22 million for the presidential primaries and another $5 million for the general election, The New York Times reported. The Obama campaign announced Monday the Illinois senator's coffers increased by $19 million for the primaries and $1 million for the general election.

The two senators have been leading the Democratic pack for most of the campaign in the polls and in fundraising. In the second quarter, Obama did slightly better than Clinton.

Before the final figures were in, the Obama campaign boasted of recruiting 93,000 new donors and Clinton campaign staff predicted she would trail him in fundraising. The Clinton campaign succeeded in attracting more than 100,000 new donors.

Clinton’s campaign suffered one major embarrassment when a major donor and fundraiser, Norman Hsu, proved to be a wanted felon. The campaign returned some of the money he raised and gave the rest to charity.

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