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Obama Outraises Romney for First Time in 4 Months

Mitt Romney had his best fundraising month ever in August, but President Barack Obama and Democrats raised even more money for the first time in four months.

George Clooney (C) arrives at a fundraiser reception for US President Barack Obama's re-election campaign on August 27, 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland. The two part event with a champagne reception for 150 people donating 1,000 USD, and a dinner for 50 people donating each 20,000 USD per person or 30,000 USD per couple was limited to US citizens.
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George Clooney (C) arrives at a fundraiser reception for US President Barack Obama's re-election campaign on August 27, 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland. The two part event with a champagne reception for 150 people donating 1,000 USD, and a dinner for 50 people donating each 20,000 USD per person or 30,000 USD per couple was limited to US citizens.

raised more than $114 million in August. Romney raised just over $111 million.

It's a sharp increase for Obama, who raised $75 million in July. That had been the third straight month he and the Democratic Party trailed Romney and the GOP in monthly fundraising.

Obama's campaign said more than 1.1 million people donated to the campaign in August, bringing its total number of donors to more than 3 million. The average donation was $58, and 98 percent of those who donated gave $250 or less.

"The key to fighting back against the special interests writing limitless checks to support Mitt Romney is growing our donor base, and we did that substantially in the month of August," said Jim Messina, Obama's campaign spokesman.

Romney's campaign did not release its total number of donors in August, but said about 94 percent of its donations came from people who gave $250 or less.

Total Cost: $58,065Tuition: $43,840Room & Board: $13,980Fees: $245Claremont McKenna, located near downtown Los Angeles, accepted only 12.4 percent of its applicants for the class of 2016, a rate that admissions counselor Brandon Gonzalez said ensures that students here will be going to school only with other top students.�The class of 2016 will be one of the most talented groups of students we have ever seen,�  The school will charge these students a tuition of $21,920 per semester, or $43,840 for the entire academic year, incurring a total cost of
Total Cost: $58,065Tuition: $43,840Room & Board: $13,980Fees: $245Claremont McKenna, located near downtown Los Angeles, accepted only 12.4 percent of its applicants for the class of 2016, a rate that admissions counselor Brandon Gonzalez said ensures that students here will be going to school only with other top students.�The class of 2016 will be one of the most talented groups of students we have ever seen,� The school will charge these students a tuition of $21,920 per semester, or $43,840 for the entire academic year, incurring a total cost of

"Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are offering bold solutions to our country's problems. That is why we are seeing such tremendous support from donors across the country," Romney's national finance chairman Spencer Zwick and Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus said in a joint statement.

Obama reversed a three-month trend at the time he needs it most, having spent heavily over the summer on advertising in an attempt to keep Romney at bay. Both candidates are claiming momentum coming out of their national conventions over the past two weeks.

Despite Obama's advantage in August, it's the third straight month Romney has raised more than $100 million, and the figure represents his best one-month fundraising total. And Romney has socked away more money for the general election campaign.