Obama donated $5,000 to his own presidential campaign, spokesperson Jennifer Psaki said on Tuesday. The move provided his Chicago-based team with a small boost after it was staying behind the fundraising race against Mitt Romney.
“Over the past two months, we have been outraised by our opponents,” Obama wrote in a different email to supporters.
He went on, adding, “They’ve used that advantage to distort the truth and mislead people, over and over, on TV and the radio in battleground states “Tonight is one of the most critical fundraising deadlines we’ll face.”
The President’ gift is said to remind supporters of the midnight fundraising deadline for July. “Friend — Yesterday, I made my first donation to support this campaign,” Obama wrote.
“On its own, what I gave won’t be enough to surmount the unprecedented fundraising we’ve seen on the other side, both from our opponent’s campaign and from the outside groups and special interests supporting him,” The President said.
“But we have always believed that there’s nothing we can’t do when we all pitch in. That includes me,” he added.
Soon after that his campaign released a web video of the candidate seated at an Apple laptop, logging into his campaign website and making the payment via credit card, ABC News reports.
“I want to make sure folks know I’m not just talking the talk—I’m walking the walk,” Obama says to camera. “I have cleared this with Michelle,” he adds, appearing to enter his credit card number.
His donation is the legal maximum an individual can donate to a candidate’s presidential campaign committee, according to the legislation.
The rules claim that individuals can also give up $30,800 per year to a political party under federal election guidelines; but so far Obama has not cut a check for the DNC.
His Republican rival Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, have previously donated $150,000 to the former private equity executive’s campaign and the Republican National Committee.
“If Mitt Romney’s asking donors to contribute the maximum, then the least he and Ann can do is make the same contribution,” a senior adviser to Romney said at the time.
According to Reuters, the fundraising gap between the candidates is narrowing in a record-setting money race to November 6 in what is expected to be the costliest presidential race in U.S. history.
The Republican presumptive nominee has raised about $106 million in June, compared to Obama’s $71 million.
In May, Romney eclipsed his rival once again, raising more than $76.8 million compared to Obama and wider Democrats’ more than $60 million.
It was estimated that overall the former Massachusetts governor and affiliated Republican groups have collected at least $394.9 million, which is less than the $552.5 million that Obama and affiliated groups have raised.
However, according to the Campaign Finance Institute, about 40 percent of all the money President Obama has raised in his bid for a second term has come from donors of $200 or less in aggregate.
To compare, Obama’s main rival Romney has scored just 15 percent of his fundraising total from small-dollar donors.