It Was Indeed a $2B Election

Obama outspent Romney in final days
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 7, 2012 6:32 AM CST
It Was Indeed a $2B Election
In this Oct. 16, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama, right, and Mitt Romney exchange views during the second presidential debate.   (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

The country's first $2 billion election is in the books. The fundraising reports have been filed with the Federal Election Commission, and here's the tally: Obama with $1.123 billion, to Romney's $1.019 billion. Politico and the AP break down the numbers:

  • There was a rash of giving at the last minute: About a fifth of what the pro-Obama Priorities USA Action raised came during the last weeks of the campaign. It spent about $21 million after Oct. 16, which Politico calls "remarkable, considering Priorities USA Action began the year destitute."

  • Obama actually ended up outspending Romney in the campaign's final days, spending $176.4 million between Oct. 18 and Election Day. That's $71 million more than his rival spent. (And if you've ever thought "man, that money could have been spent on something more useful," Politico puts it in perspective: The president's 11th-hour spending could run all government operations for Dayton, Ohio, for more than a year.)
  • Sheldon Adelson gave right up to "the bitter end," depositing $10 million into the coffers of pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future on Oct. 19. He also handed Karl Rove's American Crossroads $23 million as the campaign neared the finish.
  • There won't be an Election 2016 for Obama, but he's likely not done fundraising: As of Nov. 26, there was $5.4 million left in his campaign account, but $7.22 million in debt.
(More Election 2012 stories.)

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