The Romney campaign, along with its Romney Victory fund and the Republican National Committee, raised more than $100 million in June, obliterating the campaign’s goal and setting the one-month record for any Republican campaign, according to a GOP official.
Barack Obama raised $150 million as he was surging in September 2008, the record month for any campaign.
This is huge for Romney. It’s a fundraising record for Republicans, and a big leap from the $77 million he raised in May. Obama’s team already appeared to be overextending itself, breaking records for number of fundraisers attended all the way back in May and continuing the frantic pace through June. Still, the president’s fundraising total lagged behind Romney’s last month. The Obama campaign hasn’t released its latest numbers yet, but it’s hard to imagine it could top Romney after pulling in just $60 million in May (which was actually the biggest haul for Obama so far this election). The president has hit a ceiling. How can he possibly pencil in more fundraisers or send out more pleading emails than he already does?
This news also seems to debunk the notion that Romney’s side lacks enthusiasm; Obama’s the one who appears to be trailing in that department. The Supreme Court health care decision was a big boost for Romney (he racked up nearly $5 million in the 24 hours after the ruling). Meanwhile, Obama’s tax-the-rich rhetoric could be turning off pro-free market Democrats who supported his campaign in 2008.
But never mind all that. Romney’s $100 million month is just an attempt at “distraction,” according to the Obama campaign:
Ben LaBolt, Obama campaign national press secretary, issued this statement after Politico reported the $100-million month: “Mitt Romney is trying to distract from a week when he took contradictory positions on the freeloader penalty in the Affordable Care Act and we learned more about his offshore finances in Switzerland, Bermuda, and the Cayman Islands.
“Americans are less concerned about how much money he raised to get himself elected and more interested in what he would do after repealing health reform, which he has refused to share, and why he won’t disclose the necessary tax returns that prove whether or not he paid any U.S. taxes on his shell corporation in Bermuda.”
Uh, sure, that’s plausible. Romney needed to divert attention from his tax returns, and the easiest way to do it was to…raise a record-breaking $100 million dollars for his campaign? (Obama, of course, would never stoop to such stunts).