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Obama raised $71 million in June

By Melanie Mason

Tribune Washington Bureau (MCT)

Published: Monday, July 9 2012 2:56 p.m. MDT

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama raised $71 million for his re-election effort last month, marking his best fundraising month of the cycle but still falling $35 million short of Mitt Romney’s massive June haul.

In an email to donors, Anne Marie Habershaw, the campaign’s chief operating officer, announced that more than 706,000 people gave to the campaign and the Democratic National Committee last month. But, she acknowledged, the financial tally fell well short of that of Obama’s opponent.

“We still got beat — and not by a little bit. Romney and Republicans raised more than $106 million, not even including money to pro-Romney super PACs,” Habershaw wrote.

“If we lose this election, it will be because we didn’t close the gap enough when we had the chance,” Habershaw continued, directing donors to the campaign’s online donations page.

The Romney campaign announced its nine-figure fundraising number Monday morning, notching the second consecutive month the presumptive GOP nominee has out-raised the incumbent president.

Obama raised and spent considerably more money in 2008 than did his Republican opponent, John McCain. This time around, that’s not likely to happen, although both sides are expected to have plenty of money for television advertising and get-out-the-vote operations.

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