Rich Galen

According to the Washington Post Romney raised $25 million more than Obama in July, $101 million to a paltry $75 million. The gap is slightly smaller for Romney who outraised Obama by $35 million in June.

That, remember is just the on-the-record money. In SuperPAC world the split is even more dramatic. Again, according to the WaPo:

The two leading super PACs supporting Romney had $53 million in the bank at the end of June, compared with less than $3 million for the leading pro-Obama PAC, according to FEC reports.

Donna Brazile who is one of the leading cheerleaders for Obama said somewhat defensively,

"There's just too much money on the other side for the Democrats to close the gap. We'll have enough to compete, but [the Republicans] will flood the airwaves with misleading advertising."

One of the reasons Romney's fundraising is so much stronger than Obama's may be the difference in enthusiasm among their supporters. According to Gallup (which has Obama leading Romney by a negligible one percentage point)

Democrats are significantly less likely now (39%) than they were in the summers of 2004 and 2008 to say they are "more enthusiastic about voting than usual." Republicans are more enthusiastic now (51%) than in 2008 and the same as in 2004.

Four years ago Democrat enthusiasm stood at 61%, GOP voters at only 33% and we know what happened in November of that year.

Enthusiasm, fund raising, head-to-head polling. These are the kinds of things we talk about in August, but it is only August and no one is voting for President this month.


Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at Mullings.com.


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