Obama Raises $44 Million for Campaign and Democratic Party

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama raised a combined $43.6 million in April for his campaign and the Democratic Party. Obama’s campaign says 400,000 donors contributed last month, including 169,000 who donated for the first time. Obama raised about $53 million in April. Campaign manager Jim Messina told supporters in a web video released early Wednesday that the November election will be close because of “historic challenges” and that so-called special interests are dumping millions into anti-Obama ads. Presidential campaigns and super PACs have until midnight Sunday to file their fundraising reports with the Federal Election Commission.

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