The polls may still show President Barack Obama up against his challenger, Mitt Romney, but when it comes to fundraising, he's trailing his Republican opponent. On Monday, TheBlaze reported that for the third straight month, Romney and the Republican National Committee (RNC) out-raised Obama and the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
Just hours after it was announced that Romney and the RNC brought in a whopping $101 million (Obama and the DNC raised an impressive $75), an unsigned note found its way into the e-mail boxes of supporters across America.
"We got beat three months in a row. If we don't step it up, we're in trouble," the e-mail admitted, going on to still attempt to instill faith amidst fiscal troubles. "Can we win if we're outspent? YES, but we've got to close that gap as much as we can."
The e-mail also took aim at Republican donor and casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, claiming that it would take 188,679 Obama donors giving an average of $53 in July to equal up to "one Sheldon Adelson with a $10,000,000 pledge," Yahoo! reports.
Fundraising hasn't been quite so easy for the president in 2012 as it was in 2008. Obama has increasingly been turning to Hollywood to bring in campaign cash and has relied upon expensive fundraisers to try and drive money flow.
Despite supposed fears over campaign finances and an obvious attempt to rally supporters to open their wallets, Obama re-election staffers aren't too worried, it seems, about their coffers. The Christian Science Monitor has more about what those within the campaign are reporting:
Obama aides say their campaign is bringing in enough money to stay competitive in television advertising. The campaign has already purchased most of its air time in battleground states through Election Day using money it raised earlier in the cycle.
The campaign also has poured tens of millions of dollars into setting up field offices in battleground states, launching registration drives and compiling data on voters — all expensive efforts that could pay dividends for Obama in November. The Romney campaign is still setting up those efforts in some states and will probably have to devote a significant amount of its incoming cash to doing so.
Three months from Election Day, Democrats say Romney's fundraising gains have not forced the Obama campaign to re-evaluate its fall strategy, cut back on staffing or shift resources — signs that would show a campaign in financial trouble.
Also, as CBS News notes, the Obama campaign is claiming that one doesn't need to raise more than opponents in order to win an election. To corroborate this point, officials pointed to the fact that Democrat John Kerry out-raised George W. Bush in 2004 -- and still lost.
Regardless of what happens, one thing is for certain: The 2012 campaign is going to be hard-fought, with both sides fervently energizing their bases.