Obama Rivals Clinton In Fundraising

Davenport, Iowa (AP) -- Democrat Barack Obama is thanking supporters for filling his Presidential campaign coffers and bringing his fund-raising total nearly even with front-runner Hillary Clinton.

In an e-mail to supporters, the Illinois Senator says the total exceeded all "hopes and expectations." he says that sends "an unmistakable message" about the seriousness of his campaign, and calls it a measure of how eager people are to end what he calls an "era of small and destructive politics."

Campaign officials say Obama raised $25 million in the first three months of this year, compared to Clinton's $26 million. They add that the donations came from an eye-popping $100,000 donors, more than half of them contributing through the internet.

Clinton campaign officials offered congratulations to Obama and the rest of the Democratic field, says it "demonstrates the overwhelming desire for change" in the country.

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