Dems Raise Big Bucks Online

GOP trails 2 to 1; Obama has the biggest online presence
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 13, 2007 4:00 PM CDT
Dems Raise Big Bucks Online
Sen. Hillary Clinton, from left, talks with Sen. John Edwards, center, and Sen. Barack Obama after a forum of Democratic presidential hopefuls speaking before delegates at the annual NAACP convention in Detroit, Thursday, July 12, 2007. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)   (Associated Press)

The three leading Democrats in the presidential race have raised more than twice as much money online as the three leading Republicans, the Times reports. For the first 6 months of the year, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John Edwards combined to top $28 million, against $14 million for Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, and Mitt Romney.

Web donations tend to be small ($100 or so), but many donors seem willing to give repeatedly. Obama, the most Internet-savvy candidate, uses the Web for organizing as well as fundraising. His MySpace page has drawn more than 136,000 friends; on Facebook, he has some 102,000. Meanwhile, observers say, the GOP isn’t keeping up with the world of new media. (More campaign funds stories.)

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