"President Obama Raised More Military Donations Than Mitt Romney"
President Obama beat Mitt Romney in donations from active and former military donors this past election cycle. The new information comes from the Center for Responsive Politics, a non-profit, money in politics watchdog that tracked donations from military members throughout the presidential campaign. Throughout the presidential campaign, Republicans claimed that the President was anti-military. Some, like Rick Santorum, even said that President Obama was “intentionally trying to degrade our military.” Despite the Republican rhetoric, the President raised nearly $950,000 in donations from former and active military members. That’s compared to $753,000 for Mitt Romney. Here’s the OpenSecrets chart on the donations throughout the campaign:
This is hardly a new trend: President Obama received more donations from military members who donated $200 or more than Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in 2008. The President consistently garnered more donations than Romney from those in the military: last September, President Obama had bested Mitt Romney by more than $50,000 and earlier this year he had raised $100,000 more than the former Massachusetts governor. What’s more, Romney even lost the military donations battle to Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) in the GOP presidential nomination fight.