Obama, DNC Raised $53M in March, But...

...April's number is the one to watch: Politico
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2012 6:55 AM CDT
Obama, DNC Raised $53M in March, But...
President Barack Obama winks as he attend a land titling event for Afro-Colombian communities with pop star Shakira and Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos in Cartagena, Colombia, April 15, 2012.   (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

(Newser) – Between them, President Obama's 2012 campaign and the Democratic National Committee raised $53 million last month, Obama's team announced today. That's up from February's $45 million and January's $29.1 million, Politico reports; the last time around, in March 2008, Obama's campaign raised $42.8 million on its own.

The average March donation was $50.78, and the group included 190,000 who had never donated before. Politico notes that now that Mitt Romney basically has the GOP nomination in the bag, the urgency factor may increase, meaning April could emerge as the "more interesting test of Obama's fundraising potential," writes Alexander Burns. (Read more President Obama stories.)

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