Romney camp outraised Obama by $35m in June

Mitt Romney’s campaign said donations came from all 50 states.

Mitt Romney’s campaign said donations came from all 50 states.

Mitt Romney’s joint fund-raising committee announced Monday it raised $106.1 million in June, the ­second-highest monthly total ever for a ­presidential candidate.

The haul is $35 million more than what President Obama collected in the same period.


The president’s haul of $71 million was announced in an ­e-mail to ­supporters ­Monday.

The announcements followed news reports last week that the Romney campaign had collected more than $100 million.

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Obama holds the record — $150 million in September 2008.

Romney’s national finance chairman, Spencer Zwick, crowed in a press release that the June total is “a statement from voters that they want a change of direction in Washington.”

“Voters of all stripes — Republicans, independents, and Democrats — have made it clear that President Obama has not lived up to the promises of his last campaign,” Zwick said. “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.”


In an apparent effort to dispel the notion that Romney is funded mostly by large donations, the campaign reported that 94 percent of its June contributions were $250 or less.

The Romney campaign also sought to project a broad base of support, reporting donations from all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

The recent surge in Republican donations has alarmed Obama’s reelection team, which had anticipated heavy outside spending by conservative groups but did not expect to lose the official campaign fund-raising battle.

In mid-June, Obama wrote an e-mail to supporters in which he worried that he could be the first incumbent in modern history to be outspent in his bid for reelection.

“I’m not just talking about the super PACs and anonymous outside groups — I’m talking about the Romney campaign itself,” Obama wrote in that e-mail.

In the recent message to contributors, the Obama campaign presented its June fund-raising haul as a mixture of good news and bad news: “Good news first: June was our best fund-raising month yet. We exceeded expectations — more than 706,000 people like you stepped up and pitched in for a grand total of $71 million raised for this campaign and the Democratic Party. Bravo. That’s seriously impressive.”

“Bad news? We still got beat. Handily. Romney and the RNC pulled in a whopping $106 million.”

Money raised by candidates’ joint fund-raising committees is shared among the candidates, their parties’ national committees, and other affiliated political committees. - CALLUM BORCHERS

Casino magnate Adelson gives another $1m to PAC

WASHINGTON — Las Vegas casino giant Sheldon Adelson is giving $1 million to a super PAC aimed at helping conservatives get elected in Florida. Federal filings show the new Freedom PAC supports ‘‘strong conservative candidates’’ in the state, like Senate contender Connie Mack. He is a Republican House member.

Adelson and his wife have given more than $20 million to GOP-oriented super political action committees this election cycle. Most of that cash went to a super PAC working to get Newt Gingrich, former House speaker, elected president.

The contribution was first reported Monday by the Sunlight Foundation. - ASSOCIATED PRESS

Run-up to health care vote to be quieter for GOP

WASHINGTON — A House vote to fully repeal President Obama’s health care law was supposed to be the coup de grace for ‘‘Obamacare,’’ a final sweeping away of a law that Republicans thought the Supreme Court would gut and leave for dead.

Instead, the House will take up the repeal measure on Wednesday after the law’s constitutionality was upheld and amid growing misgivings that relitigating the issue now will make Republicans seem out of touch — especially when party leaders are still without an alternative.

“Anytime Republicans are debating taxes and the economy, we’re winning,’’ said a veteran Republican campaign consultant who spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid publicly crossing his party’s leadership. ‘‘Anytime we’re debating health care, they’re winning.’’

The tally Wednesday may be largely unchanged from the first full-repeal vote in February 2011, but the run-up to the vote is shaping up as far different. Republicans will keep fanfare to a minimum, while Democrats try to mount the attacks.

Such concerns are a sharp contrast to the first repeal vote, when a new, vigorous Republican majority was confident that it owed its triumph to voter anger over the health care law. Democrats were on the defensive, with all eyes on which survivors of the 2010 midterm tsunami would switch their votes for the law and embrace repeal.

Representative Pete Sessions of Texas, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said the health care law was passed ‘‘with deception at its core’’ — a penalty for those who fail to purchase insurance has been defined by the Supreme Court as a tax on the middle class. He said he was still convinced that the issue would be ‘‘probably the biggest driver’’ ensuring Republican victory in November, outside of the tax increases that could come next year with the expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts.

His deputy at the Republican Congressional Committee, Representative Greg Walden of Oregon, was more circumspect. “We’re going to be talking about jobs and economy, but there are lots of elements to that discussion, one of them being health care,’’ Walden said.

Democrats say they will be playing offense. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee started an ad campaign Monday portraying Republicans as controlled by insurance companies . - NEW YORK TIMES

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