Is this spin aimed at lowering expectations so that they can pretend to be happily shocked later when they end up outraising Romney and his Super PACs? Or is the “first billion-dollar campaign,” as we were once told it would be, now so outgunned by anti-Obama donors that they’re honestly trying to prepare the media for the bitter disappointment to come?
It’ll be fun watching the left, whose nominee surfed to the presidency on a tidal wave of money four years ago, complain in November about Republicans buying the election.
“We are going to be the first incumbent outspent,” a senior Obama campaign official told reporters during a background briefing in Washington today. “I think that’s clear.”
The looming influence of outside groups means that “any spending advantage we might have had is erased,” another campaign adviser said.
Obama campaign officials estimate, based on public pronouncements by the groups, that more than $1.2 billion will be spent to help defeat President Obama…
The president’s campaign is on track to raise roughly what it did four years ago, but the Democratic super PAC — Priorities USA Action — has not added much firepower.
“I’m not sitting here with a billion-dollar check in my pocket,” one Obama campaign official acknowledged.
Priorities USA actually did okay last month, raising as much in May ($4 million) as it did in March and April combined. That’s the good news for O; the bad news is that Priorities now has a bit more than $4 million cash in hand compared to … $25 million for Karl Rove’s Super PAC, one of many righty Super PACs ramping up for the fall. And as for Romney, according to BuzzFeed’s Zeke Millerhe just raised another $6-8 million — today, at a pair of fundraisers. Oh my.
Original Story by ALLAHPUNDIT