What Obama can do with cash from fundraising surge

By JACK GILLUM | September 10, 2012 | 5:34 PM EDT

President Barack Obama greets people during a campaign stop at Florida Institute of Technology's Charles and Ruth Clemente Center in Melbourne, Fla., Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/The Daytona Beach News-Journal, David Massey)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama dramatically increased his fundraising last month by finding 317,000 donors who hadn't previously given money to his re-election campaign. How will Obama spend it?

Obama has been out-fundraised by Republican nominee Mitt Romney for three consecutive months, until August. That's not counting tens of millions of dollars in spending by outside "super" political action committees supporting Romney.

Obama's campaign says it pulled in $114 million last month, slightly more than Romney's $111.6 million.

With the extra money, the president can be expected to purchase more television ads, hire more campaign staffers and dump any excess cash into coffers to use if Romney and his super PAC allies, as expected, saturate the airwaves as Election Day approaches.