Obama to report $34 million in the bank

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrat Barack Obama has ended the first half of the year with a formidable $34 million cash on hand for the presidential primary contest. That's according to figures released by his campaign.

The freshman senator from Illinois mounted an aggressive fundraising campaign that netted him more than $31 million in primary contributions from April through June.

The money in the bank marks a significant jump over the $18 million Obama reported as primary election cash on hand in April. His chief rival in the money race, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, has not yet filed her financial disclosure, so her cash on hand is not available.

The campaigns have until midnight Sunday to file full financial reports to the Federal Election Commission.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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