Cha-Ching! Obama Takes In $40 Million in March

By Ed O'Keefe

Apr 3, 2008 10:15am

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller Reports: The Obama campaign claims to have raised over $40 million from 442,000 contributors in the month of March.

"Senator Obama has always said that this campaign would rise or fall on the willingness of the American people to become partners in an effort to change our politics and start a new chapter in our history," campaign manager David Plouffe said in a paper statement.

The Obama camp also claims that more than 218,000 of those donors were first-time contributors, giving an average of $96 per donor.

The contest between Sens. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., has been getting more intense leading up the Pennsylvania primary on April 22.

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos reported on "World News" and "Good Morning America" that Senator Clinton and former President Bill Clinton are making very direct arguments to Democratic superdelegates, starkly insisting Obama cannot win a general election against presumptive Republican nominee, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

Sources with direct knowledge of the conversation between Sen. Clinton and Gov. Bill Richardson, D-N.M., prior to the Governor’s endorsement of Obama say she told him flatly, "He cannot win, Bill. He cannot win."

Yet here’s a wrinkle, from a source with direct knowledge of Richardson’s conversations with the Clintons: Richardson himself told Sen. Clinton and former President Clinton that he didn’t think Obama could win, back when he was (according to the Clintons) telling them earlier this year that he wouldn’t endorse Obama.

"Too inexperienced," Richardson said, the source tells ABC News.

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