Small Donors Fuel Anti-Obama PAC

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Joshua Keirsey, a member of the United Steelworkers union, canvasses for President Barack Obama's reelection campaign in a residential neighborhood in Steubenville, Ohio.

While Sheldon Adelson and Harold Simmons pump millions of dollars into super-political action committees trying to defeat President Barack Obama, a super-PAC based in the swing state of Ohio has relied on the same fundraising techniques as the president — courting small donors – as it spends money against him.

America’s Next Generation LLC brought in $2.2 million through Oct. 17 with $1.9 million in donations of $200 or less.

The super-PAC reported spending $1.2 million against the president.

It started with some help in attracting small donors. Republican political consultant R.C. Hammond is working with the group after serving as the chief spokesman for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign. Gingrich raised more than 40 percent of his money in amounts of $200 or less, according to the Campaign Finance Institute.

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