CHICAGO--President Barack Obama's re-election team raised $45 million in February, with the announcement of the new total coming Monday morning via Obama's campaign Twitter account.
Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle and other figures have headlined fund-raisers for major donors last month to help raise millions; the Obama team, as always--since the campaign opened in 2007--like to emphasize the small donors and they did again Monday.
"In February, 348,000 people donated to raise over $45 million for this campaign. Thank you, " said the Obama Twitter account. The campaign produced a video to show what the money is used for: "calls, office openings, and youth summits," naming just a few activities.
Since April 2011--when Obama filed for re-election with the FEC, "a total of 1.64 million people have pitched in to own a piece of this campaign," the campaign said, adding via Twitter, "97.7% of February's contributions were $250 or less, for an average donation of $59.04. ...105,000 of the people who donated in February were giving to support this organization for the very first time."
$29.1 million raised in January for Obama team
February for GOPers
$11.5 million, Mitt Romney
9 million, Rick Santorum
3.3 million, Ron Paul
No numbers yet for Newt Gingrich