Mitt Romney’s joint fund-raising committee hauled in more than $100 million in June, according to a report by Politico, an impressive encore to May, when the presumptive Republican presidential nominee outraised President Obama for the first time.
Romney’s latest one-month total is his best by far, outpacing the $76.8 million he raised a month earlier.
It also marks only the second time a presidential candidate has raised more than $100 million in a single month. Obama’s joint fund-raising committee raised $150 million in September 2008.
Rumors of Romney’s big month had swirled for a couple of weeks, sounding alarms in the Obama camp. In an e-mail to supporters last week, Obama worried that he could be the first incumbent president 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 the e-mail. “Those outside groups just add even more to the underlying problem. We can be outspent and still win - but we can’t be outspent 10-to-1 and still win.”
“The Romney campaign raises more than we do,” Obama continued, “and the math isn’t hard to understand: Through the primaries, we raised almost three-quarters of our money from donors giving less than $1,000, while Mitt Romney’s campaign raised more than three-quarters of its money from individuals giving $1,000 or more.”
Obama is unaccustomed to losing the fund-raising battle.
Until May, he had not been outraised in any campaign filing period since 2007, early in his Democratic primary battle against Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Now, Romney appears to have seized the fund-raising momentum, defying the predictions of his former rivals.
“There is no possibility that any Republican is going to outraise the incumbent president of the United States,’’ Newt Gingrich declared after Romney beat him on Super Tuesday.
The Romney campaign has claimed that last week’s Supreme Court ruling that upheld Obama’s health care law has energized Republicans - and opened their wallets.
Last Friday, only a day after the decision, the campaign said an additional $4.6 million had poured in.Callum Borchers can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @callumborchers.