Mitt Romney’s joint fund-raising committee announced Monday that it raised $106.1 million in June, the second-highest single-month total for a presidential candidate in history.
The haul is $35 million more than President Obama collected in the same period, according to a report by Politico.
The official announcement from the Romney campaign followed news reports last week that his committee had collected more than $100 million. Obama holds the record -- $150 million in September 2008 -- but raised only $71 million last month.
On the heels of Romney’s fund-raising victory over Obama in May, a second straight winning month inspired confidence in his camp. 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. “Mitt Romney’s message of restoring economic security and rebuilding our middle class is clearly resonating across the country. 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 94 percent of its June contributions were $250 or less. The Romney campaign also sought to project a broad base of support, claiming donations from all 50 states and Washington, D.C.
The recent surge in Republican donations has alarmed Obama’s reelection team, which 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 the e-mail.
The president also urged donors who contributed large sums in 2008 to “meet or exceed” what they gave four years ago during a conference call in late June, according to a recording obtained by The Daily Beast.
In an e-mail to contributors obtained by Politico, 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 can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @callumborchers.