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Kerry raised $26.7 million online in 1st Quarter

Internet fund raising is paying off big for John Kerry, pulling in more than half the Democratic record $50 million he has collected this year and helping him rival President Bush's first-quarter money.

The Kerry campaign said Friday it raised $26.7 million online from January through March, the most ever for a presidential campaign over the Internet in one quarter. It also set a new mark for money raised online in one day, raking in $2.6 million March 4.

"Our grass-roots donors have been the backbone of our fund raising this month, breaking every online record," Kerry campaign manager Mary Beth Cahill said of the March online effort. -- Internet Fund Raising Pays Off for Kerry (AP via Yahoo)