ABC News’ Kate Snow and Matt Stuart report: Sen. Hilary Clinton’s, D-N.Y., campaign released details of her first quarter earnings today, trumpeting the nearly $31 million they maintain in cash on hand, though nearly $7 million is money raised for the general election and cannot be used unless and until Sen. Clinton wins the nomination.
A release from the campaign also makes special note that "the campaign has raised the highest amount of money in its first quarter of any presidential candidate ever." Not played quite as prominently is the fact that Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., significantly out raised Sen. Clinton in primary dollars for the first quarter. Sen. Clinton raised roughly $19 million for the primary in the first three months of the year compared to Sen. Obama’s $23.5 million tally raised for his bid for the Democratic nomination.
Sen. Clinton had 60,000 contributors in the first quarter, far fewer than Sen. Obama. But, of course, cash on hand is key and after many reports of Sen. Obama’s strong fundraising showing, the Clinton campaign appeared eager to reestablish Sen. Clinton as the Democratic cash queen.