1:39 pm Oct. 6, 2012
After an earlier report that President Obama's re-election campaign had raised an impressive $150 million in September, the campaign officially announced this morning that, in fact, it had exceeded that number by 20 percent, collecting an eye-popping $181 million last month.
"I don't think I have to tell you how huge that number is," wrote campaign manager Jim Messina in an email to supporters.
The monthly total is by far the most for either candidate this cycle, and is surpassed only by Obama's September four years ago, when his campaign raised over $190 million.
It's a shot in the arm for the Obama campaign, which is still expected to weather a barrage of outside spending in the final month of the race. By law, campaign committees are guaranteed the lowest rate for television advertising, while outside groups are often forced to pay several times more for the same slot, making funds contributed to a campaign even more valuable.
The number also provides another round of good news, after the president's lackluster debate performance on Wednesday night invigorated conservative donors and volunteers on behalf of Mitt Romney. Yesterday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported better than expected gains in job growth, which drove the unemployment rate below 8 percent.
In August, the Obama campaign out-raised the Romney campaign for the first time in several months, posting $114 million to Romney's $111 million. The numbers reflect combined totals for the campaign committees and the affiliated "victory committees" for each party.
The Romney campaign has not yet released its numbers for September.
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