The Straits Times
Published on Oct 06, 2012

Obama raised S$222 million in September


WASHINGTON (AFP) - United States (US) President Barack Obama raised S$222 million in September, his campaign said on Saturday, in a huge boost for his re-election bid following a limp debate performance against Republican contender Mitt Romney.

The haul was the biggest monthly cash take by Mr Obama of the 2012 campaign, and comes just a day after supporters disappointed by the debate got another pick up with news that the unemployment rate dipped below eight per cent.

It means Mr Obama will have ample money to splash on an advertising blitz in the countdown to the election, exactly a month away on Nov 6, and with 1.8 million donors in the month is an impressive display of grass roots support.

Mr Romney has yet to reveal his monthly fundraising figures for September, but early predictions that he would outspend Mr Obama by a distance appear to have been unfounded.