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Fund-raisers collect $10m for Obama

July 30, 2011

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WASHINGTON - Outside fund-raising groups supporting President Obama and Democratic candidates raised a combined $10 million during the first six months of 2011, providing the first glimpse into how Democrats intend to compete with outside Republican groups planning to pour millions of dollars into next year’s elections.

Priorities USA and Priorities USA Action, independent groups founded by former Obama White House aides Bill Burton and Sean Sweeney, said yesterday that they raised more than $5 million, while the research arm for the outside Democratic groups, American Bridge, collected $3.07 million. Political action committees supporting Democrats in the House and Senate raised more than $2 million.

The fund-raising totals were dwarfed by Obama’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee, which collected a combined $86 million from April through June, as many top donors focused on Obama’s initial fund-raising quarter.

— Associated Press

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