All that help means Romney doesn't have to spend much of his own money to stay competitive on the air with Obama. He can spend time fattening his campaign account. To that end, he planned to join Johnson in the New York area this weekend for nearly three full days of fundraising.
Obama's campaign, meanwhile, can't count on much outside help, so he is spending $25 million of his campaign funds on a monthlong television ad push in the most competitive states.
Pro-Obama super PACs haven't brought in nearly what their counterparts on the right have, though one — Priorities USA Action — is spending $4 million to air ads intended to help Obama by attacking Romney.
Democrats downplayed Romney's strong fundraising month.
"We all see Romney as a formidable opponent. He's going to raise a lot of money," said Don Peebles, a member of Obama's national finance team. "I don't think the president needs a dramatic financial advantage. I believe the president will ultimately have one. And I don't believe one month will be reflective of the overall financial performance of Romney's campaign."
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