Clinton sets campaign fundraising record

April 2, 2007 at 8:09 AM
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NEW YORK, April 2 (UPI) -- Staff members of U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., said her presidential campaign raised a record-setting $26 million in the first three months of the year.

"We dramatically exceeded our goals and expectations," Patti Doyle, Clinton's campaign manager told The Washington Post.

The previous fundraising record for the same period was $8.9 million, collected by U.S. Vice President Al Gore in the first quarter of 1999.

Officials said Clinton will report a total of $36 million in receipts to the Federal Election Commission, including some $10 million transferred from her 2006 Senate race. They said 80 percent of her donations were for amounts of $100 or less.

No Republican candidates announced their takings for the 2008 presidential race nor did Clinton rival U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., the Post said.

Fellow Democrat and former North Carolina senator, John Edwards reported amassing $14 million for his campaign during the first three months of the year.

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