The campaign to reelect President Barack Obama announced on Monday that it had raised $35 million less than the Mitt Romney campaign in June and has cited that gap in an email to supporters as a vehicle to request more donations. The campaign said it had raised $71 million in June -- its best monthly total to date -- to Romney's $106 million.
The figure includes money raised by the Democratic Party. The campaign said that more 706,000 people donated.
Here's the text of the full email, titled "Good News and Bad News."
The good news: June was our best fundraising month of the campaign so far, exceeding all of our expectations. More than 706,000 people supported our organization last month. All told, our campaign, along with the Democratic Party ended June with $71 million to put to work.
The bad news: We still got beat. Romney announced today that his campaign, combined with the GOP, brought in more than $106 million. We're behind again -- and the gap is getting wider.
The fate of this election could be decided before voting even starts.
We have momentum, excitement on the ground, and more grassroots donors and volunteers than any campaign in history. But our opponent has an unprecedented money-for-influence machine geared towards funneling big contributions to his campaign, the Republican Party, and a network of super PACs and anonymous front groups.
There's too much at stake right now to fall behind. Think about what a Romney presidency would mean for the things we've fought for -- like Obamacare, which he says he'll "kill" on Day One. Like the kind of economy we believe in, where everyone gets a fair shake and plays by the same rules.
Each of us has to do our part to close this fundraising gap -- can you step today?
Ann Marie Habershaw
Chief Operating Officer
Obama for America