Sounding the alarm on reports that presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney and the Republican National Committee raised more than $100 million last month, President Obama’s campaign manager Jim Messina warned supporters that if they cannot keep up a similar fundraising pace then “it could cost us the election.”
“If we don’t take this seriously now, we risk finding ourselves at a point where there is too much ground to make up,” Mr. Messina wrote in an email in which he urged supporters to give $3 or more to Mr. Obama’s re-election effort.
“One hundred million is alarming enough, but it doesn’t even include the millions pouring into pro-Romney super PACs — or the fact that, unlike four years ago, it’s perfectly legal for the Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson, Karl Rove, and anonymous billionaires to funnel unlimited money into attacking President Obama in critical battleground states,” he said.
David H. Koch and Charles G. Koch own Koch Industries, conservative donors who have become a prime target for liberal critics, while Mr. Adelson is a casino magnate who gave millions to the campaign of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Mr. Rove, top political adviser to President George W. Bush, now runs Crossroads GPS, an advocacy group that has funneled millions of dollars to GOP campaigns.
The Obama campaign’s warning came a day after Rick Wiley, the RNC’s political director, taunted Mr. Messina and David Axelrod, Mr. Obama’s senior strategist, with the news via Twitter on Thursday.
“Check this out, bro, we raised north of $100 million in June. I’m assuming u & Axe will need beers 2night bro,” Mr. Wiley said.
The Romney camp and the RNC raised more campaign donations than Mr. Obama and the Democratic National Committee in May by a $77 million to $60 million margin. In April, the first month that the Romney team and the RNC joined forces, they raised $40.1 million, almost matching the $43.6 million raised by Mr. Obama and the DNC.