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Obama, Dems Raise $43.6 Million in April

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama's reelection campaign raised $43.6 million in April, the campaign announced Wednesday morning.

That's down from the $53 million raised in March -- the Obama camp's best fundraising month of the cycle -- but well above the $31 million Obama raised the same month four years ago.

The total reflects funds collected directly by Obama for America, the Democratic National Committee and two joint fundraising accounts.  Combined, they have now raised nearly $400 million total for the 2012 campaign -- on pace to hit their record-setting $746 million from 2008.

In a video posted online Wednesday, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina says more than 437,000 supporters donated last month, 169,500 of them giving for the first time.

He also points out that 98 percent of the donations received in April were less than $250, with the average donation being $50.23.

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