Obama Campaign: ‘Let’s Fight Like Hell’ To Raise More Money Than Romney

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President Barack Obama speaks at the University of Nevada Las Vegas on June 7, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nev. (credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages)

President Barack Obama speaks at the University of Nevada Las Vegas on June 7, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nev. (credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — The president’s re-election campaign is reaching out to supporters for more money after Mitt Romney and the Republican Party raked in more campaign cash than President Obama and the Democratic Party for the first time last month.

In an email to supporters titled “We got beat,” Jim Messina, campaign manager for Obama for America, says they “knew this moment would come when Romney secured the nomination” as the former Massachusetts governor raised over $76 million compared to the president’s $60 million in May.

“We don’t have the special-interest and high-dollar donor advantage that Romney has,” Messina said in the email. “Barack Obama has you, and we are bound and determined to fight back on behalf of a country where everyone gets a fair shot and a fair shake.”

Messina is calling on supporters to pledge $3 or more to help close the gap. He later added: “So let’s fight like hell and win this thing.”

Obama campaign officials noted that Romney’s fundraising surge could be temporary and that it reflects his recently sealed standing as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, which allows him to raise more general election money. It also lets him raise money jointly for his campaign and for the Republican Party. The Obama officials pointed out that Democratic presidential challenger John Kerry briefly experienced a similar surge in fundraising over President George W. Bush in the spring of 2004 after Kerry had locked up the nomination.

For Romney, the latest figure represents a significant jump in fundraising. He and the GOP brought in $40 million in April, just short of the $43.6 million the Democratic president and his party raised that month. What’s more, Romney is getting a significant boost from Republican-leaning super PACs that have raised far more and spent far more than their Democratic-leaning counterparts.

The Romney campaign reported that the party and the campaign had $107 million cash on hand at the end of May. Obama’s campaign did not list its comparable figure on Thursday, but last month it reported $115 million in the bank through the end of April, with the Democratic National Committee listing $24 million in hand.

In all, Obama and the Democratic National Committee and other state-focused funds have hauled in more than $500 million during the 2012 election campaign, compared to more than $480 million for Romney and the Republican Party.

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