Obama super-PAC Priorities USA raises only $59K in January

Pro-Obama super-PAC Priorities USA raised only $59,000 in January, far less than any of the super-PACs backing Republican presidential candidates

By comparison, pro-Mitt Romney super-PAC Restore Our Future took in nearly $7 million in January.

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Priorities USA raised only $4.4 million in all of 2011, the bulk of which came from a handful of wealthy Hollywood donors.

The paltry January haul came before the campaign reversed course to acknowledge the necessity of super-PAC fundraising, while publicly disapproving of the concept of super-PACs, which must remain unaffiliated with the campaign but can take in unlimited amounts from single donors.

“With so much at stake, we can't allow for two sets of rules in this election whereby the Republican nominee is the beneficiary of unlimited spending and Democrats unilaterally disarm," Obama campaign manager Jim Messina wrote in a blog post earlier this month.

Still, the Obama campaign has proven it can generate cash from small donors. Last week, the campaign announced $29.1 million in fundraising for January, 98 percent of which it said came from donations of $250 or less.

The Romney campaign saw a steep decline in January fundraising, taking in $6.5 million, compared to the over $11 million it generated in December.


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