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June 10, 2012 | By David Espo, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Independent Republican groups are heavily outspending their cross-party counterparts on television advertising in the campaigns for the White House and control of the Senate, eating into President Obama's financial advantage over Mitt Romney and prompting expressions of alarm from top congressional Democrats. The disparity is most evident in the race for the White House, where Crossroads GPS, Restore Our Future, and other organizations aligned with Republicans spent nearly $37 million on TV ads through the first few days of June, most of it attacking Obama.
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August 22, 2012 | By Jack Gillum, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Facing strong fund-raising from his Republican challenger, President Obama and Democrats spent more than they brought in last month as the president expanded his campaign operations and purchased millions of dollars in television advertising to compete with rival Mitt Romney. New campaign finance reports out Monday show Obama's campaign spent about $59 million in July, much of it on ads and staff. That's compared with about $49.2 million in receipts during the same period, Federal Election Commission data show.
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May 19, 2012 | By Steve Peoples, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney and his Republican Party raised $40 million in April, an unexpectedly strong haul in the first month of the general campaign that illustrates enthusiasm within the GOP and threatens President Obama's overwhelming cash advantage. Since becoming the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Romney has devoted most of his time to privately courting donors so he can prepare for what may be the most expensive campaign in history. His focus appears to be paying off. In just one month, Obama's 10-1 cash advantage has shrunk to 2-1, partly because the Republican National Committee now is helping Romney.
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July 30, 2011
Pro-Democratic groups raise $10M WASHINGTON - Outside fund-raising groups supporting President Obama and Democratic candidates raised a combined $10 million during the first half of 2011, providing the first glimpse into how Democrats intend to compete with outside Republican groups planning to pour millions into next year's elections. Priorities USA and Priorities USA Action, independent groups founded by former Obama White House aides Bill Burton and Sean Sweeney, said Friday that they raised more than $5 million, while the research arm for the outside Democratic groups, American Bridge, collected $3.07 million.
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June 21, 2012 | By Jack Gillum, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Major donors supportive of President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney spent millions of dollars last month to get their candidates elected. But outside political groups helping Romney are poised to account for a growing share of that fund-raising largesse. The Obama and Romney campaigns both showed strong fund-raising hauls in May. Romney's campaign joined with the Republican Party to raise more than $76 million last month, outpacing Obama and the Democrats' $60 million haul during the same period.
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April 21, 2012 | By Jack Gillum, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney's presidential campaign raised $12.6 million in contributions in March, adding to roughly $14 million his Republican Party brought in last month. But the combined figure puts Romney at a disadvantage with the man whose job he wants in November. President Obama countered Romney's fund-raising haul with about $53 million in donations between his campaign and the Democratic Party during the same period. That left his campaign with $104 million cash on hand - about 10 times more than the $10 million Romney had in the bank at the end of March.
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August 22, 2012 | By Jim Kuhnhenn and Charles Babington, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Denounced by his Republican rival for divisiveness, President Obama on Monday defended the tone of his campaign in a combative election year and insisted opponent Mitt Romney's ads were "patently false. " But Obama did distance himself from a particularly provocative negative ad by a political group that supports him. Obama also joined the cascade of criticism from both parties for comments on rape and abortion by Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican Senate candidate in Missouri, using the controversy to draw sharp distinctions between his views on women's health issues and those of Republicans.
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August 10, 2012 | By Julie Pace and David Espo, Associated Press
PUEBLO, Colo. - Mitt Romney and President Obama both deplored the pervasive presence of televised attack ads in the race for the White House on Thursday, though neither acknowledged being helped as well as harmed. Each blamed his foe. Romney went first, saying of the president's campaign, "They just blast ahead" with ads that have been judged false by independent fact checkers. "I don't know whatever happened to a campaign of 'hope and change,' " he said, a mocking reference to the spirit of optimism that Obama evoked during his successful run for the White House in 2008.
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September 30, 2011 | By Jack Gillum and Beth Fouhy, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Think of super PACs as shadow cash machines for presidential candidates. They're going to be big this year. Real big. The independent fund-raising groups can gather and spend unlimited money to run ads supporting a candidate or attacking a rival. The leading Republican contenders, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, each have at least one super PAC working to boost their candidacies. Another super PAC is backing President Obama's reelection bid. Although they aren't permitted to coordinate directly with the campaigns, which must follow strict federal rules on what they raise and spend, many of the groups are staffed by former aides and fund-raisers who know the candidates' thinking and strategy.
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May 4, 2015 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
He did not stand before a Patton -size flag, mingle with real voters in a coffee shop, or ride to Iowa in a Scooby Van. Dispensing with the usual staging of presidential campaigns, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders held a news conference on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol last week to launch a challenge to Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. Sanders, an independent who has called himself a socialist, railed against income inequality, higher childhood poverty, and the seeming choke hold of the wealthy on politics.
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November 16, 2012 | By Dick Polman, For The Inquirer
If you watch a lot of TV - and, hey, who doesn't? - you may have noticed that your life has suddenly improved. You're no longer facing a ceaseless barrage of political ads sponsored by groups with innocuous-sounding names like Restore Our Future, American Crossroads, and Priorities USA Action. They're blessedly gone, as are the fat cats who helped bankroll the priciest election season in history. There's more good news: Most of them wasted their money on losers. To update Winston Churchill, never have so many expended so much for so little.
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August 24, 2012 | By John Duchneskie and Tom Infield, Inquirer Staff Writers
President Obama, capitalizing on a strong and well-established Democratic donor base in the Philadelphia region, has started to separate himself from Mitt Romney in tapping the area for campaign cash. An Inquirer analysis of Federal Election Commission reports shows that in a 15-month period ending July 31, Obama took in $4.3 million from individual donors in the eight-county region, which includes five counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania and three in South Jersey. Romney, during the same period, raised $3 million, falling off in June and July from a very strong April and May, during which he topped Obama in the region by $752,000.
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August 22, 2012 | By Jack Gillum, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Facing strong fund-raising from his Republican challenger, President Obama and Democrats spent more than they brought in last month as the president expanded his campaign operations and purchased millions of dollars in television advertising to compete with rival Mitt Romney. New campaign finance reports out Monday show Obama's campaign spent about $59 million in July, much of it on ads and staff. That's compared with about $49.2 million in receipts during the same period, Federal Election Commission data show.
NEWS
August 22, 2012 | By Jim Kuhnhenn and Charles Babington, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Denounced by his Republican rival for divisiveness, President Obama on Monday defended the tone of his campaign in a combative election year and insisted opponent Mitt Romney's ads were "patently false. " But Obama did distance himself from a particularly provocative negative ad by a political group that supports him. Obama also joined the cascade of criticism from both parties for comments on rape and abortion by Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican Senate candidate in Missouri, using the controversy to draw sharp distinctions between his views on women's health issues and those of Republicans.
NEWS
August 10, 2012 | By Julie Pace and David Espo, Associated Press
PUEBLO, Colo. - Mitt Romney and President Obama both deplored the pervasive presence of televised attack ads in the race for the White House on Thursday, though neither acknowledged being helped as well as harmed. Each blamed his foe. Romney went first, saying of the president's campaign, "They just blast ahead" with ads that have been judged false by independent fact checkers. "I don't know whatever happened to a campaign of 'hope and change,' " he said, a mocking reference to the spirit of optimism that Obama evoked during his successful run for the White House in 2008.
NEWS
June 21, 2012 | By Jack Gillum, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Major donors supportive of President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney spent millions of dollars last month to get their candidates elected. But outside political groups helping Romney are poised to account for a growing share of that fund-raising largesse. The Obama and Romney campaigns both showed strong fund-raising hauls in May. Romney's campaign joined with the Republican Party to raise more than $76 million last month, outpacing Obama and the Democrats' $60 million haul during the same period.
NEWS
June 14, 2012 | By Philip Elliott and Jack Gillum, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - A deep-pocketed casino mogul is pouring a $10 million infusion of cash into a group backing Mitt Romney's cause just as the Romney campaign makes its largest ad buy since becoming the all-but-certain GOP challenger to President Obama. Billionaire Sheldon Adelson made the $10 million contribution to Restore Our Future, an independent group running ads that support Romney's campaign, according to two people with knowledge of the situation. They spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because they were not authorized to discuss Adelson's plans publicly At the same time, Romney's campaign is spending $3.3 million to run television ads this week in seven battleground states.
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June 10, 2012 | By David Espo, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Independent Republican groups are heavily outspending their cross-party counterparts on television advertising in the campaigns for the White House and control of the Senate, eating into President Obama's financial advantage over Mitt Romney and prompting expressions of alarm from top congressional Democrats. The disparity is most evident in the race for the White House, where Crossroads GPS, Restore Our Future, and other organizations aligned with Republicans spent nearly $37 million on TV ads through the first few days of June, most of it attacking Obama.
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