As another monthly fundraising deadline approaches (just two more after this!), we get another campaign missive from the president. This one carries the subject line "The end?" There's no prize attached, unlike many of the Obama campaign's other fundraising pitches. Nevertheless though nothing is being raffled off, the prize couldn't be bigger. If you don't donate, the president might not win! The e-mail:
It's August 23rd. And 75 days from now, I'll either be looking at another four years in the White House—or the end of this opportunity.
I know what's at stake for the parents worrying about health care, the kids who need help to go to college, and the seniors who want a secure retirement.
But we're getting outspent by wide margins in critical battleground states—and what we do about that today could be the difference between winning and losing on November 6th.
So as we near one of the last fundraising deadlines of this campaign, I'm asking you to pitch in $3 or whatever you can right now…
Thanks for all you do,
This guy sure looks like he knew opportunity's at stake this November; he was the independent reviewer of the White House's energy loans and after his work was finished he donated more than $50,000 to Obama's re-election effort.
An AP analysis of data, meanwhile, shows Mitt Romney attracting thousands of donors from liberal strongholds like San Francisco and New York City.
Romney and Republicans currently have a nearly $60 million advantage in cash on hand over Obama and Democrats, although head to head Obama is raising more than Romney and spending not only more than Romney but more than his campaign actually brings in.
Lest you forget, in 2008 Obama became the first major party presidential candidate to reject public funding for his campaign since the system started in 1976. That allowed him to surpass the campaign spending limit that comes with public money on his way to a record-breaking fundraising cash haul in 2008. This year, both Obama and Romney have foregone public financing, also a first since 1976.