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Obama's campaign grows to nearly 1,000 employees

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The Obama campaign’s staff grew to an army of just under 1,000, an increase of 10 percent over the last month, records showed Friday.

And it paid adviser Robert Gibbs $60,000 last month, far higher than the $11,000-per-month salary most of his top aides make. Mr. Gibbs, a former White House press secretary, was listed as a media consultant. He was last paid in March, when he received a $30,000 check. He’s been paid $300,000 by the campaign since the 2008 race.

Mitt Romney’s campaign had 400 staffers as of Sept. 1, and the Republican National Committee had 200 as of Oct. 1, making it far smaller than his opponent’s.

Mr. Obama’s campaign raised $33 million from small donors last month, up from $25 million the prior month. It spent $90 million on ad buys last month and $2 million on polling, Friday’s disclosures showed.

Mr. Obama, the Democratic National Committee and a joint fund have $120 million in the bank, after debts. Mr. Romney and his joint fund have the same amount. He has until Saturday to file a campaign report, which will detail the extent to which his side has a cash-remaining advantage.

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