Pro-Obama super PAC raises $6.1 million in June
July 13th, 2012
04:28 PM ET
2 years ago

Pro-Obama super PAC raises $6.1 million in June

(CNN) – Priorities USA Action, a super PAC supporting President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, said Friday it brought in $6.1 million in June, closing off the second quarter with $11.7 million total raised.

The June figure topped its May haul of $4 million, but it's unclear yet if it raised more this month than the pro-Mitt Romney super PAC, Restore Our Future, which outpaced Priorities in fund-raising last month at $4.96 million.

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As of mid-June, the Democratic group had spent $15 million to help re-elect Obama. The bulk of the spending from the pro-Obama group, which is run in part by former Obama White House aides, came in a five-state television ad campaign focusing on Mitt Romney's tenure as chief executive of Bain Capital. The group spent $10 million to air the spots in Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, all battleground states.

It has also paired up with the labor union Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to push multiple Spanish-language ads on radio and television.

The group argued in a campaign memorandum released Wednesday that recent polling shows their advertising strategies are working. Priorities said internal polling indicates that millions of dollars spent in support of Obama is helping him and hurting presumptive Republican nominee Romney in some key states.

Separately, a recent USA Today/Gallup Poll showed that three quarters of those surveyed in battleground state voters who say a political ad has shifted their opinion in the presidential race say they now support Obama and 16% say they are leaning towards Romney.

"The effectiveness of our ads has had an impact on how voters view Mitt Romney and on the pace of our donations," said Bill Burton, the group's senior strategist, in a statement. "While we will never be able to match Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers dollar-for dollar, Democratic donors recognize the importance of making sure voters know the catastrophic consequences Mitt Romney would have on the middle class."

– CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser and CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Fundraising • Priorities USA
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    "Separately, a recent USA Today/Gallup Poll showed that three quarters of those surveyed in battleground state voters who say a political ad has shifted their opinion in the presidential race say they now support Obama and 16% say they are leaning towards Romney."

    Insert gloating here.

    July 13, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "Sniffit...what is your source for your claim with the MA Legislature?"

    All you need to do is Google it. The testimony is on record and was concerning whether Mittens maintained ties to MA sufficient to allow him to run for governor, despite having lived for 3 years in Utah while collecting all those federal funds that helped him save the Olympics.

    However, I will correct myself: it was the Ballot Law Commission, not the state legislature. Doesn't really change the piont, but I'll admit I was misremembering it from when I read the articles this morning. I was thinking of it like a legislative "committee" but I just checked and it's a commission and is appointed by the governor.

    July 13, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. Name willardbullock

    I mocked out of presdient obama that he loved too trouble his job for 3 year so please president obama need keep stop blame on roomney about felony bain
    You know that God will strongest looking the world people

    July 13, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens lied about outsourcing to China. He began that at Bain in 1998, and even outsourced MA government jobs to India when he became governor. Like most repubes, he has bet against the U. S. whenever he could. Good for him as a money maker, not so good as a presidential candidate.

    July 13, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  5. Bootstomper

    Romney will snap.

    July 13, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  6. Gurgyl

    ..........shhhhhhhhhh, god is with Obama, so only SC justice John Roberts declared victory on Healthcare Law despite GOP idiots objected after having taken bribes from Insurance thugs, hospital loots, doctor cheats!!!! Please don't tell all. Obama12.

    July 13, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  7. Thomas

    This kind of spending on both sides is sickinihg , makes us look like a trash and spend country !

    July 13, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  8. Gurgyl

    I am going to send you 100 dollars, now. Please count on me, my lovely president!!!

    July 13, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  9. Jon

    LOL ... You liberals are all so funny ... but Romney has not started the attacks on your beloved yet ... how is Obama going to explain why:

    – His Jobs Czar is exporting jobs to China;
    – A little problem his illegal alien Uncle that was to be deported after his last DUI ... is still in the country?
    – Eeeekkss ... he has to explain why after calling Romney a liar about Bain ... he was actually the one who lied ... Even the liberal press is saying opps ... big mistake
    – and the little problem with the campaign hats for Obama on the west coast that were made in China ... oh my

    July 13, 2012 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  10. T'sah From Virginia

    VIRGINIA for OBAMA !!! Yes We Can!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!

    July 13, 2012 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  11. Art

    750000 jobs a month loss

    July 13, 2012 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  12. GI Joe

    Romney projects HIS traits of lying and deceiving onto President Obama. Certainly a new tactic for the republicans – NOT. It's straight out of the Karl Rove Playbook.

    July 13, 2012 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  13. GI Joe

    Bootstrapper – Romney snapped a long time ago. That's why he took a week off, and most weekends are spent resting and being waited on hand and foot by "help" somewhere.

    July 13, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  14. lib

    After the disgusting witch hunt for president's Obama birth certificate Mitt and the republicans have the audacity to crticize the president for wanting Mitt to show his tax info and stop lying to us about Bain. Republicans need to stop whining after what they have said and done to this president. Now that the shoe is on the other foot and proving to be more damaging to Mitt they are running scared. I never thought Mitt was a job creator. It does seem that he is a liar. Just look at his eyes. Not one time has Mitt apologized for anything that any republican has said about the republican. Rush, Hannity and more of the teaparties and repubs. Shame on Mitt for thinking all American people are gullible and willing to sell our votes to his unscrupulous rich friends.

    July 14, 2012 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  15. lib

    sorry, that's about the president,

    July 14, 2012 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  16. bill Davis

    Obama does not outsource, he just opens the doors to more Mexicans.

    July 14, 2012 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  17. GonzoinHouston

    With all the conflicting reports about Mitt and Baiin it's really hard to guess what really went on. However, concealment and obfuscation usually mean there's something that someone doesn't want you to know. A couple of thoughts on Romney and Bain:

    Where's the business plan? No executive allows action without a business plan or concept, and any good exec can whip one out in minutes. Romney says he'll fix the economy. Where's the business plan for the nation?

    Considering the damage done by finance industry CEO's lately, do you really want another financial CEO for president?

    July 14, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  18. ronb

    Romney is destroying his credibility with the American people to the point that he has disqualified himself for the office of the presidency. I've watched this guy skirt the truth as if he thinks running for president is like filing a tax return where you tell every "legal" lie you can to avoid paying your fair share of taxes. I'm not voting for a president who does that. Nor am I voting for one who has offshore accounts and raided American businesses to make a buck. I don't much care what he does between now and election day. He's told to many lies and acts as though the American people are either too stupid to understand that or too racist to care. He's wrong on both accounts!

    July 14, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |