President Obama's reelection campaign and the Democratic National Committee raised a combined $68 million in the last quarter of 2011, campaign manager Jim Messina said in a video e-mailed to supporters on Thursday morning.
The Obama campaign raised $42 million, while the DNC raised the remaining $24 million. Those numbers track closely to third-quarter hauls of $43 million and $27 million, respectively.
Messina said more than 200,000 new donors contributed in the fourth quarter of 2011, with 1.3 million individuals—the number Messina said he cared most about—donating over the course of the year. More than 98 percent of donations were in amounts less than $250.
Messina struck an optimistic note on such engagement, arguing that it stands in "stark contrast" to that of the GOP.
"Recent polls and studies show a dropping enthusiasm among Republican primary voters as they get to know their field," he said.
Mitt Romney, the front-runner in the race for the GOP presidential nomination, raised $24 million in the last quarter of 2011, bringing his total since kicking off his campaign in June to $56 million.
In 2003, the Bush campaign and the Republican National Committee raised a combined $239 million, outpacing the Obama campaign's $220 million 2011 fundraising haul, according to Politico.
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