One of the biggest questions about the 2012 election is whether or not Republicans will be able to use post-Citizens United corporate money to counter what will otherwise be a big fundraising advantage for Obama:
President Obama’s reelection campaign and the Democratic National Committee together raised a whopping $86 million in the second quarter of 2011, campaign manager Jim Messina announced in an early morning web video sent to supporters.
Obama’s re-election campaign collected $47 million while the president raised another $38 million for the DNC via a joint fundraising committee that allows donors to write a single check that is then divvied up between the two entitites.
The haul far surpasses the goal Messina set for the campaign’s national finance committee of collecting a combined $60 million between April 1 and June 30.
“It’s a monumental achievement,” Messina said.
Obama’s total is more than the $35 million all the Republican presidential candidates combined raised this past quarter.