4:35 p.m. E.T.
If you think the presidential campaign fundraising wars are over since there is less than two weeks to go, think again.
The Romney high command did a Thursday afternoon conference call with some of their biggest donors and bundlers from around the country, urging them to push hard for the next week to bring in more dough.
According to a source familiar with the call, Romney national finance chair Spencer Zwick and pollster Neil Newhouse gave the group a briefing on the state of the race and pressed them to raise more more more in the next week.
Newhouse told the group that the battleground states are within 2-3 points in their data and they need more money for additional last-minute television ads, direct mail, and other forms of voter contact.
Zwick asked the elite donors to give more themselves and/or to raise more from those who haven’t already maxed out. Even $500, he said, will help buy a radio ad or bulk up a phone bank.
There were donors on the call from Florida, California, and across the Midwest. Among the questions during the brief Q&A: the status of Florida, how to get young people to care more about the debt, the status of Ohio, and how to get more Romney-Ryan yard signs.
Zwick also pushed hard to get their national finance supporters to come to Boston for election night, where the campaign has reserved a large block of hotel rooms for them.