Obama’s April fundraising haul: $43.6 million

President Obama and the Democrats raised $43.6 million in April as the campaign against former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney ramps up.

That’s a drop from March when Obama and various Democratic committees together raised $53 million, even though the campaign had 169,500 new donors last month. Obama dwarfed Romney in fundraising in March, when the Republican candidate took in only $12.6 million. Romney has yet to release his April numbers.

The average contribution from Obama’ 437,323 April donors was $50.23, and 98 percent of those donations $250 or less.

Obama campaign manager Jim Messina announced the total Wednesday in a video to supporters.

Crossroads GPS, a pro-Romney super PAC advised by Karl Rove, announced Wednesday that it would match Obama’s $25 million ad spending this month.

The first Crossroads ad accuses Obama of breaking his economic promises; it will begin airing Thursday in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

In fact, Messina alluded to conservative groups' outside spending in his video, saying almost $60 million has been spent against Obama so far.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.

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