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Obama 'super PAC' out-raises American Crossroads in March

April 20, 2012|By Melanie Mason and Matea Gold

Washington -- Priorities USA Action, the "super PAC" supporting Obama’s reelection, raised $2.5 million in March, ending the month with just over $5 million in the bank. Its biggest benefactor was Amy P. Goldman, a New York-based writer and philanthropist who gave the group $1 million. Comedian Chelsea Handler gave the group $100,000.

The pro-Obama group, which has struggled to raise money, nevertheless got more in March than American Crossroads, the heavyweight GOP super PAC that was founded in part by Karl Rove. Crossroads pulled in just $1.2 million in March, with the bulk coming from Chicago hedge fund manager Kenneth Griffin, who donated $700,000. (Griffin also gave $850,000 to Restore Our Future, the super PAC backing GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.)

Still, American Crossroads announced Friday that, along with its nonprofit arm Crossroads GPS, it had raised a combined $99.8 million for the election cycle so far. Of that total, about $71 million was raised by Crossroads GPS, which does not have to disclose its donors.

melanie.mason@latimes.com
matea.gold@latimes.com

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