Obama Raises Big Bucks

CHICAGO (AP) -- Democrat Barack Obama raised 25 million dollars for his presidential bid in the first three months of 2007.

That places him on par with front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton and dashes her image as the party's inevitable nominee.

Obama for America Finance Chair Penny Pritzker says the fund-raising response "shows the hunger for a different kind of politics in this country."

The total was the latest evidence that the Illinois Democrat has emerged as the most powerful new force in presidential politics this year.

It also reinforced his status as a significant threat to Clinton, who'd hoped her own 26-(M)million-dollar first quarter fund-raising total would begin to squeeze her rivals out of contention.

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