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Romney bests Obama donations in June

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney and the Republican Party claimed victory in the money race last month, outraising President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party by $35 million, according to figures put out by both campaigns Monday.

Obama and the Democratic National Committee had their strongest fundraising month of the campaign in June, collecting $71 million from more than 706,000 individual donors.

But that wasn't enough to surpass Romney, who, along with the Republican National Committee and several state parties, pulled in $106.1 million, marking the second consecutive month the presumptive GOP nominee's combined fundraising efforts outpaced those of the incumbent president. (In May, Romney's joint fundraising pulled in $76.8 million, topping Obama's combined take of $60 million.)

The nine-figure haul propelled Romney to his best fundraising month yet, as the former Massachusetts governor continued to capitalize on the large checks, up to $75,800, he can now solicit through joint fundraising with the Republican Party and affiliated committees.

The total also was apparently boosted by the Supreme Court's decision to uphold Obama's health care law. The Romney campaign said $4.6 million — mostly in small donations — came into the joint fundraising effort in the 24 hours following the decision. The Obama campaign has said it also received a flood of donations after the health care ruling, but it has not specified the amount.

The Obama campaign's chief operating officer, Anne Marie Habershaw, acknowledged the widening money gap in an email to donors that pressured supporters to give more.

"We still got beat — and not by a little bit," Habershaw wrote.

"If we lose this election, it will be because we didn't close the gap enough when we had the chance," Habershaw continued, directing donors to the campaign's online donations page.

The Romney campaign credited its June bounty to donors' enthusiasm for ousting Obama from the White House.

"Mitt Romney's message of restoring economic security and rebuilding our middle class is clearly resonating across the country," said Spencer Zwick, Romney's finance chairman.

The prospect of a cash disadvantage is a reversal of fortune for Obama, who in 2008 smashed fundraising records in his race against Republican Sen. John McCain.

Romney bests Obama donations in June 07/09/12 [Last modified: Monday, July 9, 2012 10:50pm]
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