Campaign finance records show Barack Obama raised forty-one million dollars in March and had forty-two million available to spend against Democratic rival Hillary Rodham Clinton in April.
Overall, Obama had fifty-one million dollars in the bank at the end of March, with nearly nine-million of that available only for the general election.
The money allowed Obama to undertake an expensive April campaign in Pennsylvania, where he has outspent Clinton and cut into her lead. Pennsylvania votes on Tuesday.
By contrast, Democratic rival Hillary Rodham Clinton finds herself in the red. Clinton reported raising twenty-million dollars in March and had nine-million dollars for the Pennsylvania primary available at the beginning of April. However, she also reported debts of $10.3 million.
Republican John McCain's report shows he raised $15.2 million dollars and had $11.6 million in the bank. The Arizona senator's March figures were his best fundraising performance of the campaign.
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