It only took a few hours for the Republican National Committee to unveil a newly redesigned website in response to President Obama's announcement of his 2012 reelection effort.
Under a headline that reads “Help us defeat Obama's billion dollar campaign,” the site asks for donations and sets of goal of raising $270,000 over the next three days.
“It's official,” the site reads. “Barack Obama is kicking off his reelection campaign. Help us raise $270,000 in the next 72 hours — $1,000 for every electoral vote required to elect the next Republican president.”
Even before Obama announced his reelection plans, media outlets reported that Obama's reelection campaign had already begun soliciting donors to raise more than they did in 2008, when Obama took in $750 million. Political observers say Obama is expected to raise about $1 billion this time around.
The RNC is reportedly considering holding monthly debates starting in August that would be intertwined with committee fundraisers. At the end of February, the RNC was carrying $21 million of debt after raising $5.2 million that month.
Former RNC Chairman Mike Duncan said earlier this year that, to be competitive in 2012, the committee would have to raise between $350 million and $400 million over the next two years.