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.
Mr Romney however does have the support of an array of SuperPAC independent fundraising committees financed by rich donors and corporations, that can spend unlimited sums to attack Mr Obama and outnumber similar Democratic organisations.
Mr Obama's campaign manager Jim Messina alerted supporters to the news of his fundraising coup in an email on Saturday morning.
"We not only surpassed 10 million donations so far in 2012 to the campaign and the Democratic Party - a historic record for grassroots politics.
"We also raised US$181 million in September from 1.8 million Americans - more than 567,000 of whom gave for the first time. That's by far our biggest month yet."
Mr Messina said the average donation was US$53 and 98 per cent of contributions amounted to US$250 or less.