Politico reports that in an email to donors, the Obama campaign said it raised $71 million in June from 706,000 donors. That trails Mitt Romney’s June haul by $35 million. The email, from Chief Operating Officer Ann Marie Habershaw, displays some of the concern we’ve seen over the past month, as the Obama campaign has furiously sent out email after email urging supporters to donate:
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 like you stepped up and pitched in for a grand total of $71 million raised for this campaign and the Democratic Party.
Bravo. That’s seriously impressive.
Bad news? We still got beat. Handily. Romney and the RNC pulled in a whopping $106 million.
Slate’s Dave Weigel notes that the joint Obama-Democratic National Committee effort raised $74 million in June 2008, so they’re actually down this election season. Meanwhile, John McCain and the Republican National Committee raised only $48 million — so Romney and the RNC are more than doubling McCain’s haul.
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