At $114 Million, Obama Outraises Romney in August
The Supreme Court’s Citizens United verdict has opened the flood gates for unlimited campaign dollars to flow and, therefore, left Democrats largely hamstrung. But now there’s finally some good news for Democrats on the horizon.
President Barack Obama’s campaign and its Democratic partners raised more than $114 million in August, narrowly beating Republican rival Mitt Romney for the first time in months as the race for the White House approaches its final stretch.
Former Massachusetts governor Romney and fellow Republicans raised more than $111 million, continuing a string of high-dollar hauls that leave him well equipped to contest the November 6 election.
This marks the first time that Obama has outraised Romney since April.
Last month, the Obama campaign added over 300,000 new donors who had never given money to the campaign, which helped the campaign beat Romney in fundraising.
“The key to fighting back against the special interests writing limitless checks to support Mitt Romney is growing our donor base, and we did substantially in the month of August,”said Obama’s campaign manager, Jim Messina . “That is a critical downpayment on the organization we are building across the country – the largest grassroots campaign in history.”
But regardless of your party affiliation, it still seems outrageous that so many American dollars are going to fund campaign commercials while we have schools and roads that are in disrepair. At some point, America is going to need to decide on its priorities, and determine whether spending billions of dollars on campaign buttons and ads is really benefiting the people in any meaningful way.
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