NPR, with audio (3:41):
Illinois Sen. Barack Obama's bid for president took on a new luster Wednesday, with the announcement that he raised "at least $25 million" in the first three months of this year. The total puts Obama, who's been in national politics for roughly two-and-a-half years, essentially even with Democratic rival Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York, who has raised $26 million.Here are two more NPR stories today: "Funds Nearly Even for Obama and Clinton" with audio (4:00) and "Obama Presidential Campaign at $25 Million: with audio (4:00). The PBS show "The News Hour" had this report, "Obama Raises $25 Million in First Quarter of Campaign (video and audio)."
"At this moment," says Weissman, "the choices as to who the voters will hear from next January and February, and in the months before, are being made disproportionately by large donors."
One other cautionary note: A strong first quarter doesn't guarantee anything. Four years ago, John Edwards raised $7.4 million in the first quarter. In the second quarter, he managed to bring in only $4.5 million.
Edwards peaked early. But at this point, no one knows if Obama has peaked, or is still gaining.