Obama outspends Republican campaigns by millions

Obama outspends Republican campaigns by millions

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US President Barack Obama listens as he attends the start of the first plenary session of the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit at the COEX Center in Seoul on March 27, 2012. World leaders including US President Barack Obama have begun the two-day summit in South Korea aimed at curbing the threat of nuclear terrorism, organisers said. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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by By JACK GILLUM and STEVE PEOPLES

Associated Press

Posted on March 29, 2012 at 12:30 AM

Updated Sunday, Oct 20 at 8:03 AM

CHICAGO (AP) -- With Republicans locked in a contentious and expensive primary, President Barack Obama has spent a small fortune to build and maintain a campaign operation that's larger, more diverse and more focused on the general election than any of his opponents' organizations.

Republican contenders like Mitt Romney have had to watch their expenses during the primary campaign.

But Obama faces no serious challenger for the Democratic nomination. He has sunk his cash into an expansive brick-and-mortar operation with offices in nearly every state.

An Associated Press analysis of Federal Election Commission records shows that Obama's campaign has spent more than $135 million on operations through February. That's about $3 million more than all his GOP challengers combined.

Obama's paid staff exceeds 500, and many work in the campaign's Chicago headquarters.

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