Obama and DNC Raised $222 Million In 2011
Raked in $68 million in fourth quarter
While he's catching flack for not enough jobs going around in America, President Barack Obama has still managed to tap into the people that do have money as he and the Democratic National Committee raised $222 million in 2011, ending the year with a $68 million fourth quarter.
However, this number isn't as high as what George Bush and Dick Cheney raised during their re-election campaign in 2003. This has some Obama staffers concerned.
“Too many of our supporters think, ‘they don’t need our money’ or they don’t have to give now,” said Obama campaign manager Jim Messina to Politico. “Look, I get why people would think that, but they are completely wrong. … We have to build a ground organization now, not in six months. … The only way this thing works is if each of you take a piece of this campaign.”
Team Obama hopes to have raised anywhere between $700 and $800 million by November. Especially if they wind up going against Money Makin' Mitt Romney.
Hoping to inspire supporters to dig deeper into their wallets, Obama has began stumping even harder in his Chicago stomping grounds.
"Change is hard, but it is possible," he told supporters at recent rally at the University of Illinois at Chicago. "I’ve seen it. You’ve seen it. You have lived it. And if you want to end the cynicism and stop the game playing that passes for politics these days and you want to send a message about what is possible, then you can’t back down, not now. We won’t give up. Not now,”
He added, “If you’re willing to work even harder in this election than you did in that last election, I promise you change will come."
In laymans terms, change is going to cost you some change.