The Obama campaign and the Democratic committees that support it raised $43.6 million in April, campaign manager Jim Messina announced in an online video on Wednesday.
With 98 percent of all donations less than $250, more than 437,000 people donated to the campaign, including roughly 169,500 first time donors. The average contribution was just more than $50.
“One of the most important things we can do is get our arms around the fact that this election is going to be close, given the historic challenges the nation faced when the president first came into office,” Messina said in the video.
Messina said that more than $57 million has been spent in negative ads against the president since October, pointing to large Republican donors like the Koch brothers and a super PAC supporting Mitt Romney.
The former Massachusetts governor has not released his April numbers as of yet.