WASHINGTON--The Romney team beat the Obama squad in May fund-raising, $76.8 million for the RNC/Romney combo to $60 million for the DNC/Obama group. In the announcements about May fund-raising--both camps emphasized the small dollar donations and did not disclose information about the high dollar impact.
FOR ROMNEY: 93 percent of donations $250 or less.
FOR OBAMA: $60 million from a joint drive between Obama for America and the Democratic National Committee and other entities. That's a boost from $43.6 million in April and $53 million in March.
The Obama team raised $746 million for the 2008 presidential race. So far for the 2012 cycle, the joint efforts have raised about $460 million.
Obama campaign via Twitter: "More than 572,000 people donated to #Obama2012 in May--and more than 147,000 of them were giving for the first time."
And this: "98% of the donations the campaign received in May were less than $250, and the average donation was $54.94."
Obama press secretary Ben LaBolt react to being beat by the Romney fundraisers in May, via Twitter, "Reminder on RNC/Romney camp fundraising: 1st month joint committee was in existence, so all their primary donors wrote their maxout checks."
Obama's National Finance Committee is meeting in Chicago for its quarterly meeting starting tonight. The Obama May numbers were bolstered by a fund-raiser George Clooney held at his home in May that yielded about $15 million.