Presidential Hopeful Is Close To Attracting Quarter Million Campaign Donors

Washington (AP) -- Senator Barack Obama got 104,000 donors to give to his Presidential campaign in the first three months of the year. But he's way ahead of that in the second quarter.

By Wednesday night, the campaign said 138,000 more had handed in contributions. The Illinois Democrat needs fewer than 8,000 more donors to reach a goal of 250,000 by midnight Saturday. That's the next deadline to report campaign money totals.

Obama's campaign is also getting repeat donors. The latest figures show 242,000 donors, but nearly 336,000 donations.

No one in his camp will say how much money has come in. But the large number of contributors suggests this quarter's fund-raising will be competitive with the $25.7 million raised by Obama in the first three months.

(Copyright 2007 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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