But it was nothing compared to Mitt Romney who pulled in $106.1 million, a figure that helped him achieve fundraising parity with the incumbent with the election only four months away.
And it was a figure that sent the Obama campaign scrambling to raise more.
In an email titled “WE COULD LOSE IF THIS CONTINUES,” Ann Marie Habershaw, the chief operating officer of Obama for America concedes, ”We still got beat. Handily. Romney and the RNC pulled in a whopping $106 million.”
Ms. Habershaw goes on to say that they don’t need to win the fundraising race, they just need to keep it close. This is likely true–Democrats usually have a superior ground game, which can make up for less robust fundraising. But still, it is highly unusual for an incumbent to fall behind so much in the money race. Perhaps the president shouldn’t shun the Hamptons after all.
Full letter below:
|Well, I’ve got some good news and some bad news.Good news first: June was our best fundraising month yet. We exceeded expectations — more than 706,000 people stepped up and pitched in for a grand total of $71 million raised for this campaign and the Democratic Party.
Bad news? We still got beat. Handily. Romney and the RNC pulled in a whopping $106 million.
So, to recap: We had our best fundraising month yet, and we still fell about $35 million short. We can win while being outspent — but we need to keep it close.
You know what that means. We’ve got some work to do.
This is no joke. If we can’t keep the money race close, it becomes that much harder to win in November.
But this election isn’t about how much money our campaigns can raise — none of us would be fighting this hard just to win a money war. We’re here because we believe in something bigger — because none of us wants to see this country go back to the policies that drove our economy into a ditch, which is exactly what the other side wants to do.
Whatever it is that brings you to this fight, what happens next is up to you. Donate today:
- Ann Marie
Ann Marie Habershaw