Obama's third-quarter fundraising: At least $55 million

The Obama campaign is likely to beat its $55 million target for combined third-quarter contributions to joint party and presidential committees — but likely to lag behind its record-breaking second-quarter haul, according to Democrats involved in the effort…

“Clearly, the effort is solid if not another [record-breaker],” South Carolina Democratic Chairman Dick Harpootlian, a member of Obama’s national finance council, told POLITICO. “When you have a demanding day job like him, you don’t have the time to do as much fund raising as a guy like Rick Perry, who doesn’t care if Texas burns down.”

One Democrat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said a handful had been rescheduled but cited the “opportunity cost of the cancellations.”

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