Tags: Romney | June | fundraising | record

Romney Breaks Record With $106 Million Raised in June

Monday, 09 Jul 2012 09:36 AM


Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney raised $106.1 million in June for his campaign and party, the campaign said on Monday, confirming a record fundraising month in the 2012 presidential campaign.

Romney's campaign said it had $160 million left in cash on hand at the end of last month, turning up the heat on Democratic President Barack Obama, who will not likely enjoy the dramatic cash advantage he had in the 2008 campaign.

Obama's campaign has yet to release its June numbers.

"This month's fundraising is a statement from voters that they want a change of direction in Washington," Spencer Zwick, Romney's finance chief, said in releasing the June haul. "In the months to come, these resources will be crucial to highlighting the difference between President Obama's broken promises and Mitt Romney's plan to get America on the right track again."

The Nov. 6 election is poised to be the most expensive in U.S. history, as both campaigns rush to bring in as much cash as possible and rely on outside spending groups with no fundraising limits instead of public financing.

The June haul came in donations to Romney, the Republican National Committee and the Romney Victory fund the two use jointly.

It said about $22.3 million of the $106.1 million total came in donations of $250 or less. The campaign said those smaller donations, generally seen as a gauge for grassroots support, accounted for 94 percent of total donations, meaning much of the June cash came in a form of a few large contributions.

The Obama campaign has been urging its supporters to kick up giving since early May, when they started ringing alarm bells about the possibility of the president being the first incumbent about to be outspent in a re-election effort.

A Republican official last week said the Romney campaign had raised more than $100 million.

"Romney and the Republicans announced yesterday that they brought in more than $100 million in June ... We're still tallying our own numbers, but this means their gap is getting wider, and if it continues at this pace, it could cost us the election," Obama campaign manager Jim Messina wrote in a fundraising email after that figure was leaked.

Romney's June haul was helped by the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that upheld Obama's healthcare law — the Romney campaign has said it raised $4.6 million through 47,000 online donations in the 24 hours following the landmark ruling.

The Obama campaign has said it also raised a lot of money after the ruling but has not disclosed its figures.

In May, Romney outraised the president for the first time with $70.6 million, topping the more than $60 million Obama raised for his campaign and party.

At the end of May, Romney had $107 million left in cash on hand, bridging the gap fast to Obama's $109 million.

In 2008, Obama raised a record $748.6 million and far outpacing his Republican rival, John McCain, who was limited because he accepted public financing. McCain raised about $238 million and received $84 million in public financing.

Obama holds the monthly U.S. presidential campaign fundraising record of $150.7 million for September 2008.

The campaigns are due to officially file their financial disclosures for June by July 20.

© 2015 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Romney to Update Supporters on Potential 2016 Run

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 07:18 AM

Republican Mitt Romney is to give an update to his supporters on Friday on whether he should run for president a third t . . .

Raul Castro on US Ties: I Want 'Peace Between Us'

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 07:09 AM

Cuban President Raul Castro gave an endorsement to peace between the United States and his communist country Thursday, w . . .

Obama to Propose $215M to Fight Diseases

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 06:56 AM

President Barack Obama will propose Friday that the US spend $215 million into precision medicine research, a field p . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved