Obama Re-Election Groups Raise $43.6 Million in April

May 16 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama’s re-election effort raised more than $43.6 million in April, the campaign announced in a Twitter message this morning.

The campaign said it collected money from 437,323 people, including 169,500 first-time donors, in April. The average donation was $50.23, the campaign said.

“This election is going to be close,” campaign manager Jim Messina said in a YouTube video linked to the Twitter posting.

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