President Obama so sincerely believes in his abilities as commander-in-chief that he was moved to donate $5,000 to his own reelection campaign, an official confirmed to Politico.
Earlier this morning, Obama sent an email to his supporters, explaining that his donation to himself was a symbolic gesture.
"On its own, what I gave won't be enough to surmount the unprecedented fundraising we've seen on the other side, both from our opponent's campaign and from the outside groups and special interests supporting him," Obama wrote. "But we have always believed that there's nothing we can't do when we all pitch in. That includes me.
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While there are no limits on a candidate donating to his or her own campaign, Obama's donation is the federal maximum that an individual can give to a campaign (of course, the 'real' maximum is much higher — and the Obama has taken donations form as high as $75,000 by combining their fundraising effort with the Democratic National Committee and state parties).
Chicago has embarked on an all-out fundraising push in advanced of the July fundraising deadline — attempting to keep pace with a Mitt Romney fundraising operation that has outpaced them two months in a row.
Along the way, the Obama campaign has tried tirelessly to use the Romney campaign's financial advantage against them. According to Obama, they are the underdog and presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is trying to buy the election with all of his riches.
"Over the past two months, we have been outraised by our opponents. They've used that advantage to distort the truth and mislead people, over and over, on TV and the radio in battleground states," Obama wrote in a different email to supporters. "Tonight is one of the most critical fundraising deadlines we'll face."