The Obama campaign raised more than $42 million for itself and more than $24 million for the Democratic National Committee, with the total amounting to over $68 million, Obama 2012 Campaign Manager Jim Messina announced this morning.
The sum is another decline for the campaign, which had raised a total of $70 million in the third quarter and $86 million in the second quarter of last year.
A frustrated looking Messina appeared on a video posted on the campaign’s website urging Obama supporters to contribute more.
In the fourth quarter of 2003, George W. Bush far outraised Obama. Bush took in a total of $47.5 million for his campaign, but adjusted for inflation, the amount is $58.4 million, about $16 million more than Obama.
The Obama campaign staged a massive effort to try to bring in as much money before the clock ran out on the year, repeatedly importuning supporters to donate at least $3 and even seeming to apologize for all the emails it was sending out.
As if to make sure the numbers rise this quarter, President Obama is already waging an aggressive money raking effort, returning to the White House from Chicago at 2 am Thursday morning after holding three fundraisers in Chicago.
Monday evening Obama appeared at two fundraisers in Washington, including one at which about two dozen donors gave $45,000 each.