President Barack Obama raised $181 million in September for his campaign in a huge boost for his re-election bid following a limp debate performance against White House rival Mitt Romney.
The haul was Obama's biggest monthly cash take of the 2012 race, and was revealed just a day after supporters disappointed by the debate got another fillip with news that the US unemployment rate dipped below eight percent.
It means Obama will have ample money to splash on an advertising blitz in the countdown to the election, exactly a month away on November 6. With 1.8 million donors in the month, the funds are an impressive display of grassroots muscle.
Republican nominee Romney has yet to reveal his monthly fundraising figures for September, but early predictions that he would outspend Obama by a distance appear to have been unfounded.
Romney, however, does have the support of an array of super PAC independent fundraising committees financed by rich donors and corporations that can spend unlimited sums to attack Obama and overpower similar Democratic organizations.
The Republican's campaign also made known after Obama announced his fundraising gold mine that Romney had raked in $12 million in online donations in 48 hours after the debate.
There was movement as well in Gallup's daily tracking poll, as Romney cut the president's lead to 49 to 46 percent. The full impact of the debate will likely not be fully felt in polling until early next week.
The question now is whether any boost Obama gets from Friday's jobs number will curtail the expected bounce Romney will enjoy from the debate.
Obama's campaign manager Jim Messina alerted supporters to the fundraising coup for the re-election effort and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in a morning email.
"I have some huge news, and I want you to be the first to hear about it," Messina said.
"We not only surpassed 10 million donations so far in 2012 to the campaign and the Democratic Party -- a historic record for grassroots politics.
"We also raised $181 million in September from 1.8 million Americans -- more than 567,000 of whom gave for the first time. That's by far our biggest month yet."
Messina said the average donation was $53 and 98 percent of contributions amounted to $250 or less, and also boasted that the Obama political machine was in full swing ahead of the election.
The September figure was just short of the $193 million piled up by Obama and the DNC in the equivalent month of the 2008 election campaign.
Messina said the campaign opened its 100th field offices in both Ohio and Florida last month and last week registered 10,000 voters in Florida in a single day.
In early voting in Iowa, Messina said that 105,000 people had already cast ballots, 62 percent of whom were Democrats.
The release of the fundraising figure came on the second successive morning of good news for the Obama campaign after the president was comprehensively outfoxed by Romney in the first of three head-to-head debates.
On Friday, new Labor Department data showed that the unemployment rate had dropped to 7.8 percent, the lowest level since the president walked into the Oval Office in January 2009.
Obama seized on the news to rebut Romney's criticisms of his economic strategy and warned that after having come so far, America could not afford to go back to Republican economic policies that had triggered a crisis.
But in his weekly radio address Saturday, Obama acknowledged that too many Americans were "still looking for work or struggling to pay the bills" and urged Congress to act to alleviate their plight.
Romney, banking on a turnaround in the polls after the debate, claimed Friday that the Obama economy was not in a "real recovery."
Romney was in another vital state, Florida, as he practiced Saturday for the next debate showdown with Obama on October 16.
Obama was off the trail, but he will head out on a campaign and fundraising swing through California on Sunday.
The two campaigns took their latest hits in new advertising, with the Obama team accusing Romney of being "dishonest" in the Denver debate on his true taxation plans.
Romney's punch meanwhile featured a woman called Melanie McNamara who said she voted for Obama in 2008 but was now going Republican because, she said, the former Massachusetts governor was the best bet to restore prosperity.
"I am disappointed in Barack Obama as my president because he promised to bring us all together, that we are all going to be able to prosper. I don't see the prospering," said McNamara.