The Obama campaign announced today in a Web video that its collective March fundraising total was “over $53 million.”
The video featured various campaign supporters announcing their small donations to the campaign, followed by a message from campaign manager Jim Messina. The figures include fundraising from the Democratic National Committee.
While the report showed robust fundraising, the Republican National Committee put out a press release trying to turn the strength into a weakness.
“Giving lobbyists and special interests special access to the White House, it’s no surprise Obama is still the fundraiser-in-chief,” RNC spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski said in a statement. “Big money contributions will not take away from the fact that President Obama cannot run on his record and is simply offering shiny objects to distract from his failure to bring hope and change to Americans as he promised.”
She was referencing a Sunday New York Times article reporting that lobbyists have accompanied big donors on White House visits. The RNC also offered in its press release seemingly contradictory 2008 campaign rhetoric promising that lobbyists would not have special access to an Obama White House.