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The April fundraising totals are in for President Obama and Mitt Romney's primary super PACs, and the monthly hauls are far from what some would expect in a campaign season that has so far been largely dominated by technically-independent outside spending.
The top-line numbers: Pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action brought in $1.6 million last month, its lowest total since the $59,000 it raised in January. Pro-Romney Restore Our Future, meanwhile, managed to raise $3.9 million in April, although that sum is only about half of its March total.
Politico reports that Priorities USA would have had an even rougher month if it weren't for a pair of big-dollar contributions from labor groups that came in on the last day of the filing period: $1 million from the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, and $250,000 from the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Pipe Fitting Industry. Meanwhile, the Democratic group managed only nine donations of $10,000 or more for the month.
When it comes to cash on hand, the advantage goes to Republicans. Reuters notes that Restore Our Future reported having about $8.2 million in its coffers, more than twice the $4 million reported by Priorities.