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DEMS' FUND RACE GOES TIT FOR TAT

Clinton and Obama trade figures and barbs over the money chase.

Concerned that it could lose several primaries and caucuses through the rest of February, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign sought to create an alternate story line of success Thursday by announcing that Clinton had raised $7.5-million online so far this month.

That unusually high figure was quickly overshadowed by Sen. Barack Obama's announcement that he had raised the same amount in 36 hours since the 22-state contest on Tuesday, in addition to the $32-million he raised in January.

Clinton drew $13.5-million in January.

With Tuesday behind them, the rivals have turned some of their ferocity away from voters and toward their donors, seeking the clear-cut victory in fundraising that neither could secure at the ballot box this week. Obama won 13 states and Clinton won nine including the biggest prize, California.

Obama's fundraising dominance, especially his announcement on Jan. 31 that he had raised $32-million, has sent jitters through Clinton's donor base. Some of her biggest donors grew more concerned Wednesday when her advisers said that she had lent the campaign $5-million from her own money and that some senior aides were working this month without salaries.

Several donors and senior aides said they had not been aware of the loan until Wednesday.

Clinton's team mobilized Thursday to send reassuring messages to donors and supporters. The campaign first announced raising $4-million in 24 hours, then $6-million in 36 hours and then $7.5-million total since Feb. 1.

"February is going to be by far our biggest month, by a huge amount," Terry McAuliffe, Clinton's campaign chairman, said in a conference call on Thursday with 300 donors.

Obama zeroed in on Clinton's loan and said that her decision not to disclose her tax returns raised questions about the loan.

"I'll just say that I've released my tax returns," he responded to a question about tax returns. "That's been a policy I've maintained consistently. I think the American people deserve to know where you get your income from."

Obama stopped short of issuing a call for Clinton and former President Bill Clinton to release their returns. "I'm not going to get into the intricacies of their finances," he said as he flew to a rally in Nebraska. "That's something that you'll have to ask them."

Fast facts

Where the campaign money goes

Here are some items that Democratic candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama have spent money on recently.

Clinton

-Ads that began airing Jan. 23 in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Utah: more than $1.6-million

-Telephone expenses, paid to Verizon on Nov. 27, 2007: $14,279.55

-Printing costs for the last three months of 2007: about $1.3-million

-Postage expenses for the last three months of 2007: $332,001.22

-Event expense at Morton's steakhouse in Chicago, paid on Oct. 3, 2007: $18,551.80

-Travel in the last three months of 2007: about $4.1-million

Obama

-A 30-second Super Bowl ad: $250,000

-Telephone expenses, paid to Verizon on Nov. 29, 2007: $70,308.48

-Printing costs for the last three months of 2007: $709,579.47

-Postage expenses for the last three months of 2007: about $1-million

-Payments to Dunkin' Donuts during the last three months of 2007: $352.69

-Travel and lodging in the last three months of 2007: about $5.7-million.

Source: Federal Election Commission

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