Obama’s Campaign Has Yet to Enter the Bonus Round

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Jim Messina, center, campaign manager for the re-election of President Barack Obama in Chicago.

Even as Republican challenger Mitt Romney’s campaign paid out more than $200,000 to his senior campaign staff members, President Barack Obama’s re-election effort is hoarding its cash.

A check of Obama’s August filings with the Federal Election Commission found that his campaign employees were paid twice last month, Aug. 15 and Aug. 31, with no extra payments except for expense reimbursements. While their counterparts on the Romney campaign received extra pay, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina and deputy Stephanie Cutter remained bonusless.

The Romney payments were made Aug. 31, the last day of the FEC’s monthly reporting period and the day after the former Massachusetts governor accepted the presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. The Democratic convention began Sept. 4 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Obama entered September with $88.8 million in his campaign bank account, compared with $50.4 million for Romney.

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