President Obama fell well behind Mitt Romney and the Republicans last month in the dash for campaign cash.
Now that the news is out, what are the Democrats doing? They’ve turned the loss itself into its own fundraising tool.
News reports out Tuesday show that Romney and the Republican National Committee easily outraised Obama and the Democrats in June, $106 million during June to Team Obama’s $71 million. The president has publicly lamented that he may be the first modern president to be outraised financially in his bid for re-election.
“We can win a race in which the other side spends more than we do. But not this much more,” the president says in an email to supporters Tuesday.
Democrats reacted to this loss in the money chase by …. trying to raise more money.
Sen. Patty Murray of Washington State, chairwoman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), fired off an email of her own Tuesday morning with the subject line “Good news and bad news.”
Murray, in charge of the Democrats’ efforts to retain control of the Senate in the November election, cast Obama’s fundraising deficit in stark terms.
“The good news: Democrats set fundraising records in June. The bad news: Mitt Romney did too—and outraised President Obama by more than 30%. Mark my words: If we don’t close this gap now, the White House and Senate will be out of reach before Labor Day,” she says.
Asking supporters to kick in $5, Murray admonishes that the DSCC must raise $100,000 by the end of Tuesday.
Hyberbolic appeals in campaign fundraising is nothing new. However, the repeated intensity of such appeals coming from Democrats these days gives the sense that they truly are worried about the impact of being so steeply outmatched in today’s post-Citizens United environment with virtually no limit on campaign spending by Republican and corporate interests.