Outraised by GOP for third straight month...
On the heels of celebrating his 51st birthday this weekend, President Obama had bad news on Monday. Despite aggressively wooing donors with the promise of a party in his Chicago backyard with the 'Barack's Birthday' contest, the President's fundraising haul in July was less robust than that of GOP challenger Mitt Romney--for the third straight month. The President took in over $75 million across committees, Obama for America announced via Twitter, while Romney raked in $101.3 million across committees.
In June, the President and the Dems raised $71 million across committees, in what a campaign aide hailed as "our best fundraising month yet," while Romney hauled in $106 million. In May, the President raised $60 million, while Romney took in $76.8 million. May's total for Mr. Obama was up from April's $43.6 million.
Cash-on-hand reports for the President's re-election effort won't be available until later this month, according to campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt. The deadline to enter the 'Barack's Birthday' sweepstakes was July 26th; the event will be August 12th, sandwiched between three other Chicago fundraisers on the same day.
President Obama is kicking off August fundraising in high gear: He is expected to haul in about $2.5 million this evening at a $35,800/plate fundraising dinner at the Westport, Conn. estate of movie magnate Harvey Weinstein. It follows other star-studded dinners that have been held since Romney started beating Mr. Obama, including George Clooney's May 10th $40,000/plate dinner at his Studio City mansion, and Sarah Jessica Parker's $40,000/plate fundraising dinner in Manhattan on June 14.
President Obama made an online donation of $5,000 to his own campaign on July 31, which was memorialized in a video from his handlers.
The Twittter report on the President's fundraising efforts:
@BarackObama Reporting back on last month's fundraising numbers: In July, 761,000 people donated to raise over $75 million for this campaign. Thank you.
@BarackObama 201,000 of the people who gave in July were entirely new donors who didn't give before in this election cycle or in 2008.
@BarackObama Every bit helps. 98% of our contributions in July were $250 or less, for an average donation of $53.49.
@BarackObama Since April 2011, a total of 2.7 million people have pitched in to own a piece of this campaign. Join us today: http://OFA.BO/KweJwp
*Photo by Christopher Dilts/Obama for America