President Obama's campaign manager, Jim Messina, sent out a fundraising email today in an attempt to capitalize off losing the May money race to Republican Mitt Romney. In May, Romney and the Republicans raised $76.8 million, while Obama and the Democrats raised only $60 million. Here's Messina's fundraising email:
For the first time in this campaign, we got beat in fundraising.
The Romney campaign and the Republican Party raised more than $76 million last month, compared to our $60 million.
We knew this moment would come when Romney secured the nomination.
What happens next is up to you.
Help close the gap right now -- make a donation of $3 or more.
I want to be clear: We'll always have more people pitching in.
We know that only 15 percent of Romney's May totals came from people giving less than $250, compared to 98 percent in that category for us.
We don't have the special-interest and high-dollar donor advantage that Romney has. Barack Obama has you, and we are bound and determined to fight back on behalf of a country where everyone gets a fair shot and a fair shake.
From the beginning we've built this campaign together, from the bottom up. More people giving a little bit is the only way to compete with a few people giving a lot.
So let's fight like hell and win this thing:
More coming soon,
Obama for America
P.S. -- Together, our team raised more than $60 million in May -- even more impressive when you hear that the average donation was about $55. Check out the rest of our numbers.