President Obama raised a combined $86 million for his re-election and the Democratic National Committee during the second quarter of the year, campaign manager Jim Messina announced in a video message emailed to supporters ahead of Friday's filing deadline for financial reports.
That was more than two times the $35 million that the Republican presidential candidates have raised together.
The idea was a little shock and awe.
Messina told reporters in a conference call that the campaign had 550,000 individual donors during the quarter, and that more than 250,000 of them were first-timers. The results, he said, "should put to rest the notion that our base is not energized."