Obama's fundraising pitches sounding more poor mouth that powerful
Published June 30, 2012 FoxNews.com
President Obama, the most prolific fundraiser in U.S. presidential campaign history, returned Saturday to a fundraising strategy that increasingly appears more like tin cup rattling.
Since losing the monthly fundraising battle for the first time, in May, to Mitt Romney, the president appears to have changed his fundraising strategy to suggest he's just trying to keep pace.
“We might not out raise Mitt Romney,” the president said Saturday in an email to supporters. “But I am determined to keep the margin close enough that we can win this election the right way.”
The roughly $750 million raised by the Obama campaign during the 2008 election cycle essentially broke every fundraising record, including the most money and most donors.
The campaign accomplished that feat in large part by soliciting and collect donations under $200 – many of them through the Internet and such social media outlets such as Facebook and MySpace, which was relatively innovative at the time.
Obama also eschews public financing to avoid the related spending limits, making him the first major-party candidate to reject taxpayer money for the general election since the system was instituted roughly 40 years ago.
In May, the joint fundraising effort Romney and the Republicans National Committee known as Romney Victory raised $76.8 million, roughly $16 million more than the Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee.