Obama raised $45M last month; new to­tal $300M

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

Pick­ing up the pace, Pres­i­dent Obama raised $45 mil­lion for his re-elec­tion bid in Fe­bru­ary, bring­ing his to­tal to about $300 mil­lion for this elec­tion cy­cle, his cam­paign said Mon­day.

Mr. Obama stepped up fundrais­ing ef­forts dur­ing the month, col­lect­ing nearly twice as much as the $23 mil­lion per month av­er­age he raised dur­ing the final three months of 2011 and more than the $29.1 mil­lion he raised in Jan­uary. The money was spread among Mr. Obama’s cam­paign, the Demo­cratic Party and two cam­paign funds.

Mr. Obama’s cam­paign said nearly 350,000 peo­ple con­trib­uted in Fe­bru­ary and the av­er­age do­na­tion was about $59 for the en­tire elec­tion cy­cle. Nearly 98 per­cent of the do­na­tions were $250 or less.

With Repub­li­cans locked in an ex­tended pri­mary cam­paign, Mr. Obama’s team has tried to build a large 50-state op­er­a­tion that will help it reg­is­ter new vot­ers, bring back past sup­port­ers and boost turnout. Mr. Obama’s cam­paign had about $75 mil­lion in the bank through the end of Jan­uary but a bank to­tal for Fe­bru­ary was not im­me­di­ately avail­able.

Cam­paign of­fi­cials have im­plored sup­port­ers to do­nate money and get in­volved, point­ing to Re­pub­li­can-lean­ing su­per PACS ex­pected to raise hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars to de­feat the pres­i­dent. Mr. Obama’s cam­paign said ear­lier this year that it would bless big-money su­per PACS sup­port­ing Democrats as a way of coun­ter­ing the Re­pub­li­can ef­fort.

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