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Obama raises more than $51 million in July

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  • Obama campaign says 65,000 new donors added to July's total
  • Obama raises $51 million in July, a million shy of June's number
  • McCain reports raising $27 million in July
  • RNC raises $26 million in July; DNC raises $27.7 million
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Sen. Barack Obama's presidential bid added more than 65,000 donors and raised more than $51 million in the month of July, the Obama campaign said in a statement released Saturday.

"The 65,000 new donors to the Obama campaign demonstrate just how strongly the American people are looking to fundamentally change business as usual in Washington," campaign manager David Plouffe said.

The Obama campaign recently announced that it has surpassed the 2 million-donor mark and said Saturday that it now has $65.8 million cash on hand.

For June, the Illinois senator's campaign reported raising $52 million, with more than $72 million cash on hand.

The Democratic National Committee, meanwhile, reported Saturday that it had raised $27.7 million in the month of July, according to director of communications Karen Finney.

"The strong fundraising numbers are a testament to Barack Obama's message of change and hope and his vision for America's future," Finney wrote in a message.

The July number includes donations to the DNC proper; the Obama Victory Fund, a joint fundraising endeavor between the DNC and the Obama campaign; and the Democratic White House Victory Fund, a joint fundraising endeavor between the DNC, the Obama campaign and the presidential campaign of Sen. Hillary Clinton.

In June, the DNC raised $22 million, all of which was available to spend.

On Friday, the Republican National Committee reported that it raised $26 million in July, a fundraising haul that nearly matches Sen. John McCain's campaign during the same timeframe.

The RNC and the McCain campaign combined began the month of August with $96 million cash on hand, a total that may keep pace with Obama and the relatively cash-strapped DNC.

Earlier Friday, the McCain campaign announced that it had raised $27 million in July, the presumptive Republican nominee's largest one-month fundraising total to date.

The campaign also said it had $21 million cash on hand, all of which must be spent before the party's convention in early September because of McCain's choice to accept federal campaign dollars.

"This is now the fifth month in a row that we have exceeded the month before in terms of total fundraising," McCain campaign manager Rick Davis said Friday.

The RNC also announced Friday that it had surpassed 1 million individual donors this election cycle, and the McCain campaign said 600,000 individuals had donated to the Arizona senator.

The July total bests his $21 million total in June, the presumptive Republican nominee's previous best.

The Republican Party is free to spend its money through Election Day.

CNN's Ed Hornick, Alexander Mooney, Rebecca Sinderbrand and Martina Stewart contributed to this report.

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