Romney, RNC haul in $40.1 million in April

posted at 8:41 am on May 17, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

While Barack Obama’s fundraising dropped 20% from March to April, Mitt Romney’s tripled — and then some, according to his campaign disclosure for April’s fundraising.  Team Romney, partnered with the RNC, hauled in more than $40 million, just $3 million less than Obama:

Mitt Romney almost matched President Obama in fund-raising during April after securing his party’s presidential nomination and joining forces with theRepublican National Committee, the campaign will announce on Thursday.

Mr. Romney and the R.N.C. raised $40.1 million in April, just shy of the $43.6 million that Mr. Obama and the Democratic National Committee raised for the month.

The contributions on behalf of Mr. Romney represent a huge jump over the $12.6 million that his campaign raised in March. The increase was made possible by donors coalescing around Mr. Romney as the nominee and the larger donations that can be directed to the party, campaign officials said.

The partnership did help, but it’s not an apples-to-apples comparison, either.  Obama and the DNC have partnered for over a year.  The RNC only partnered with Romney in the final week of April.  Romney’s chief opponent Rick Santorum dropped out midway through the month.   Had the RNC partnered with Romney throughout April with no primary opposition, the same situation Obama enjoyed, the fundraising comparison would have looked much different, and much worse for Obama.

Romney and the RNC have a full schedule of fundraisers in May, and the result is likely to embarrass the Democrats.  That won’t be their only embarrassment, but they may all be related.  Over the last several weeks, it’s become apparent that Obama and his allies on the Left have no idea how to talk to mainstream Americans.  In my column for The Fiscal Times, I argue that Obama’s fundraising decline and his inability to leverage his incumbency for some polling distance may both spring from the same lead-tongued well:

Several factors play into this problem for Team Obama.  In 2008, Obama was a blank screen with a very thin record, which meant that Obama had very little to defend.  After more than three years in office, that no longer applies, and Obama has had such a difficult time defending his record on jobs and the economy that he rarely discusses it.  Two bad jobs reports in a row – and even worse data on actual jobs– have tempered enthusiasm for Obama this year.  Any incumbent President would find it difficult to maintain political momentum in a stagnating economy, and the winter saw another slowdown, the third in a row for Obama.

The problem for Obama and the Left this time is that they have to make an actual sales pitch – and judging from their efforts, they don’t know how to talk effectively enough to middle America to succeed at it. This problem starts at the top.  Earlier this week, Obama appeared on ABC’s The View to discuss his candidacy, as well as his endorsement last week of legalization of same-sex marriage.  When talk turned to the campaign, Obama told his hosts, “When your name is Barack Obama, it’s always tight,” and then added, “Barack Hussein Obama!”

For the record, Obama won the first majority victory for a Democrat in the popular vote in 2008 since Jimmy Carter, and won the Electoral College by nearly 200 votes.  In his Senate election in 2004, the outcome was an oh-so-narrow victory over Alan Keyes of 70% to 27%.  Not only was this patently false, but it unfairly accused American voters of racism and xenophobia almost four years after the same electorate put him into office.

The latest Obama campaign effort, “The Life of Julia,” also demonstrates an odd disconnect with American voters.  Team Obama obviously wants to exploit the normal Democratic gender gap in the upcoming election by focusing on what it perceives as womens’ issues.  Their Life of Julia depicts what they see as all of the benefits for women in an Obama-governed world – but to a great many other people, looks more like a cautionary tale.  Julia takes seven years to get a degree, gets pregnant without ever getting married, the child disappears from her life after age 5, and she ends up alone at 67 – and every stage of her life, Julia is dependent on government programs.  The artwork lends a creepy tone to the presentation, as Julia goes through life with no eyes or mouth.  That doesn’t exactly look like empowerment.

As I write in my column, it’s not just Obama and his team, but also his allies in the media.  The more they talk, the more people they alienate from Obama.  And the more that happens, the fewer donations they get — and the more in both voters and contributors that Romney and the RNC can attract.  This should be a very interesting summer in the fundraising race.

Update (Allahpundit): Whoops. Typo in the headline corrected. That’s the RNC, not the DNC.

Update (Ed): Sorry about that!  Never write headlines before your first cup of coffee.  I was away from the office this morning.

Update II: Jennifer Rubin notices the same problem — and so does Jon Ward at the Huffington Post.


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You mean RNC, not DNC in the headline I believe.

taney71 on May 17, 2012 at 8:43 AM

This should be a very interesting summer in the fundraising race.

This is going to be a very interesting summer, period. I wonder what flubs are going to happen?

upinak on May 17, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Did not realize Mitt was working with the DNC ! Must be some interesting conversations with Debbie the Mouth.

I don’t do spelling/grammar police on here, but if it’s in the headline …

OneFreeMan on May 17, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Romney, DNC haul in $40.1 million in April

Shouldn’t that be RNC?

mwdiver on May 17, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Ed’s right. Comparing the change in giving is apples to oranges and what matters is the context of where they started. Mitt is a new, likely nominee whereas Mr. O is an incumbent (with a ready made cash stream).

ted c on May 17, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Romney, DNC haul in $40.1 million in April

Damn it! I knew Romney was a RINO!

/

Doughboy on May 17, 2012 at 8:46 AM

I believe the headline is off a bit…

ontheright on May 17, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Wow. Bad times for Obama. Could lose the Arkansas primary and now even the DNC is raising for Romney.

Gingotts on May 17, 2012 at 8:47 AM

DNC?

the_moll on May 17, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Freudian slip in the headline?

/s

cs89 on May 17, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Obviously, there is still too much cash out there in private hands. Tax the rich!

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Fallon on May 17, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Keep propping him up lsm

Heckuva job

cmsinaz on May 17, 2012 at 8:50 AM

The DNC and the Democrats LOVE Romney because he’s one of them (a Trojan pony).

NOBAMA! NOMITTENS!

Pragmatic on May 17, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Over the last several weeks, it’s become apparent that Obama and his allies on the Left have no idea how to talk to mainstream Americans.

He can’t talk to mainstream Americans. He’s been coddled and sheltered his entire life like some “promised child”. And now that he’s proven himself to be totally out of his depth, there is absolutely nothing he can say to us, except “please forgive me”. That’s the only thing I want to hear from Barack Obama.

AubieJon on May 17, 2012 at 8:51 AM

This is a good sign for President Romney, and I’m sure he’d be happy to take money from the DNC, too. Sadly, the rats are not that smart at DNC. Also, the RNC is working well with the Romney campaign.

WhatNot on May 17, 2012 at 8:51 AM

DNC fundraising with Romney? Smarter ‘rats leaving the sinking shi* first?

Archivarix on May 17, 2012 at 8:51 AM

This reminds me of the healthcare push. The more Obama went out to talk about it and tout it the more its popularity rating went down and his poll numbers started to sink. I hope Obama and Biden keep talking and the MsM keeps coming up with rainbow and unicorns. Its helping Mitt look like the sensible grown up and making the left look petty and desperate. Republicans need to stay on message and continue to use Obamas own words against him in ads. Hammer jobs and the economy and dont let up. Make him defend his record. He cant

ldbgcoleman on May 17, 2012 at 8:55 AM

What is this, MSNBC? Fix the headline!

Omega_Rage on May 17, 2012 at 8:56 AM

The Great thing about the gop?

They aren’t Communists.

PappyD61 on May 17, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Romney, DNC haul in $40.1 million in April

Damn it! I knew Romney was a RINO!

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Doughboy on May 17, 2012 at 8:46 AM

BREAKING NEWS!!!!! LOL

search4truth on May 17, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Ed, you gotta be just a tad dizzy from this much spinning.
The larger issue is of course lost in your telling –
and perhaps of little concern.
But maybe a PAC can put an add together from these ‘facts’.

verbaluce on May 17, 2012 at 8:59 AM

NOBAMA! NOMITTENS!

You didn’t fool anyone there, Paulian.

Omega_Rage on May 17, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Barry Hussein Soetoro has probably already passed the Romney donor list over to the IRS.

wildcat72 on May 17, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Okay now that the headline has been fixed and we can focus on the actual content… Obama campaign has to be crapping their pants here. From the first talk of $1 billion campaign, their plan always relied on being able to swamp the GOP with money. The notion that they could end up having to fight with anything close to parity has to be frightening as all hell.

Gingotts on May 17, 2012 at 9:01 AM

From the first talk of $1 billion campaign, their plan always relied on being able to swamp the GOP with money.

Gingotts on May 17, 2012 at 9:01 AM

The very purpose of the stimulus money and various government “programs” was to give unions cash to give back to the DNC. Hmmm… maybe, the union bosses are lining their own pockets with more of it than intended.

Fallon on May 17, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Over the last several weeks, it’s become apparent that Obama and his allies on the Left have no idea how to talk to mainstream Americans.

The Dem leadership lives in neighbohoods like Hyde Park in Chicago, and sends their kids to the same private schools or a few upscale suburban schools. They shop and vacation in the same spots. They send their kids to the same liberal colleges. It’s a bubble existence.

Martha Coakley is the classic example of someone who didn’t understand retail politics. Shake hands with people outside a hockey game?? And then there’s Kerry in the new hunting togs saying, “Where kin I git me a huntin’ license?” in Ohio.

One is reminded of the song from the musical Camelot, “What Do the Simple Folk Do?”. The Dems haven’t a clue, except, perhaps for Bill Clinton, who learned retail poltics in Arkansas.

Wethal on May 17, 2012 at 9:08 AM

YEAH- that’s fantastic news.

gophergirl on May 17, 2012 at 9:09 AM

How much of it was gay money?

Bishop on May 17, 2012 at 9:12 AM

The very purpose of the stimulus money and various government “programs” was to give unions cash to give back to the DNC. Hmmm… maybe, the union bosses are lining their own pockets with more of it than intended.

Fallon on May 17, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Not so smart for Zero to have sided consistently with the envirotards on green vs. labor issues, I guess.

Gingotts on May 17, 2012 at 9:12 AM

It’s always a “communication” problem with the Dems. They cannot question their liberal politics, as those are articles of faith.

They just think they need to speak to the mouth-breathers in words of one syllable and explain to them how wonderful liberalism is, and why the proles should quit clinging to their guns and God and prejudices about a guy with a funny name.

“You’re ignorant, superstitious and prejudiced. Listen to your betters.” Not a winning message.

Wethal on May 17, 2012 at 9:13 AM

A key Romney supporter said on F&F this morning that the GOP is planning a Clooney-esque star-studded fundraiser soon and details would emerge in the coming days, so mo money will be pouring in.

Philly on May 17, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Wow. Obama and the Donkeys are holding an incredible number of fundraisers, and Mitt can almost match him by just being Mitt?

Second look at Mr. Electability?

stvnscott on May 17, 2012 at 9:14 AM

No cash from me. I already said I’d vote for the putz. That’s got to have some value. Maybe 1/20 of a cent, like my grocery coupons.

Extrafishy on May 17, 2012 at 9:16 AM

While Barack Obama’s fundraising dropped 20% from March to April, Mitt Romney’s tripled — and then some, according to his campaign disclosure for April’s fundraising.

…JugEars of course will follow the letter of the law when it comes to campaign disclosure’s…so he can explain how all the stimulus money kicked back to him… got there!

KOOLAID2 on May 17, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Extrafishy on May 17, 2012 at 9:16 AM

You give yourself too much credit.

cozmo on May 17, 2012 at 9:24 AM

No cash from me. I already said I’d vote for the putz. That’s got to have some value. Maybe 1/20 of a cent, like my grocery coupons.

Extrafishy on May 17, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Depends on if you live in Florida:

http://pjmedia.com/jchristianadams/2012/05/16/53000-dead-voters-found-in-florida/

http://www.fiscalwars.wordpress.com

stout77 on May 17, 2012 at 9:26 AM

NOBAMA, NOMITTENS, NORONPAUL EITHER!

Pragmatic on May 17, 2012 at 9:27 AM

no cash,no time, and definitely no vote from me for mittens!

Pragmatic on May 17, 2012 at 9:28 AM

The $5 million I sent last month seems to have helped. I’ll send $10 million this month and then see where we’re at. You’re welcome!

Uncledave on May 17, 2012 at 9:29 AM

who cares about star-studded money-raising…what about the country? both mittens and obama are awful…that’s what I care about.

Pragmatic on May 17, 2012 at 9:30 AM

The $5 million I sent last month seems to have helped. I’ll send $10 million this month and then see where we’re at. You’re welcome!

Uncledave on May 17, 2012 at 9:29 AM

LMAO!

gophergirl on May 17, 2012 at 9:33 AM

NOBAMA, NOMITTENS, NORONPAUL EITHER!

Pragmatic on May 17, 2012 at 9:27 AM

no cash,no time, and definitely no vote from me for mittens!

Pragmatic on May 17, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Bless your heart.

cozmo on May 17, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Reince Priebus knows what he is doing, that’s for sure. Romney has also impressed me with his nimble campaigning against Obama’s attacks.

Daemonocracy on May 17, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Powerful:

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=D9vQt6IXXaM&hd

Bambi on May 17, 2012 at 9:38 AM

That gave me the chills.

gophergirl on May 17, 2012 at 9:41 AM

NOBAMA, NOMITTENS, NORONPAUL EITHER!

Pragmatic on May 17, 2012 at 9:27 AM

The optimist in me keeps hoping that one of these days you’ll actually contribute something of meaning and value to a HotAir thread instead of the same tired and meaningless mantra.

Trafalgar on May 17, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Reince Priebus knows what he is doing, that’s for sure. Romney has also impressed me with his nimble campaigning against Obama’s attacks.

Daemonocracy on May 17, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Mr. Priebus is a quiet blessing, probably bestowed by the Almighty on Republicans for suffering through the penance that was Mike Steele. Now, even hinting at why Mike Steele got the position he screwed the pooch so mightily in would probably be a ban-worthy offense…

Archivarix on May 17, 2012 at 9:49 AM

..contribute something of meaning and value…
Trafalgar on May 17, 2012 at 9:48 AM

He does. When looking at his drivel and comparing it to his moniker, he lets people know what he is not and they should not emulate him.

cozmo on May 17, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Ed Morrissey vs. Allahpundit:
The Final Conflict.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on May 17, 2012 at 9:59 AM

This looks to be getting good.

Preezy Flyweight looks to be in his first real campaign since Bobby Rush kicked his pampered backside back in Chicago.

Granted, earflaps still has the kneepad squadron in the zombie media, the grotesqueries over in Hollywood like speedbag maher, and the incomprehensible droolers like tawana sharptones-

But… unlike McCashgrab (crook, AZ), Romney appears to be interested in winning. And it looks like Mitt’s going to have the cash to keep pummeling the dilettante in chief with ads factually pointing out how abjectly incompetent he has been for going on 4 years.

Shoot, even though juan didn’t want to win, he was still leading king putt up until the curiously timed financial meltdown.

This is definitely looking to be good.

GrassMudHorsey on May 17, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Team Obama doesn’t know how to talk TO people – they’re too busy TELLING people what to do.

GarandFan on May 17, 2012 at 10:10 AM

I wonder how much Gov. Romney would have to raise to balance out all of the Obama campaigning that we pay for? And this miserable sh!t doesn’t even attempt to hide it with some official presidential duty.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2012 at 10:38 AM

GrassMudHorsey on May 17, 2012 at 10:08 AM

..like your style immensely. Tom Wolfe-ian, isn’t it? Am I sensing early years dtreading through The Pump House Gang and Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test?

It’s pretty good stuff, yours. Sparkling counterpoint to the prosaic drek posted by Phlegmatic (“NOBAMA! NO MITTENS“) up thread apiece.

Others so inclined, I recommend Wolfe’s essays Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak-Cathchers. The former skewers the then-nascent concept of limousine liberalism and the latter is a searing expose of community organization — years before Obama put it to workmanlike use.

This approbation is for all save for Phlegmatic. of course. For him (her? it?) probably Dick and Jane Prod a Dog Turd at Recess.

The War Planner on May 17, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Team Obama doesn’t know how to talk TO people – they’re too busy TELLING people what to do.

GarandFan on May 17, 2012 at 10:10 AM

THAT …

I am on record as to what I am willing to do …
No money ..(giving it to down ticket races)
No time … (got much more important things to spend that on)
will vote … because Obama is just that bad …

conservative tarheel on May 17, 2012 at 11:09 AM

[Ron Paul Fanatic Mode On]

Ron Paul is still in the race and we’re doing a money bomb! Ron Paul has taken 11 states from Romney!

[off]

The truth is Ron Paul took 11 total unbounded delegates recently from Romney but they’re changing delegates to states because it sounds bigger.

Kaitian on May 17, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Ed, you gotta be just a tad dizzy from this much spinning.
The larger issue is of course lost in your telling –
and perhaps of little concern.
But maybe a PAC can put an add together from these ‘facts’.

verbaluce

Did we not take our meds this morning? Come back after you do and maybe you’ll be a little more coherent in your next post. I dobt it tho.

Hard Right on May 17, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Priebus stole my heart when he likened Zero to the captain of an Italian cruise ship liner.

sparkle motion on May 17, 2012 at 2:32 PM

“The problem for Obama and the Left this time is that they have to make an actual sales pitch – and judging from their efforts, they don’t know how to talk effectively enough to middle America to succeed at it.”

That is, of course, correct. But another factor is that Obama’s training as a community activist/organizer probably involved more “activating” than organizing. His skills are limited to riling up people’s anger and ginning up resentment against others. That works well with poor people living in poorly-run slums (like those in Chicago run by Valerie Jarrett), or with voters weary of war in the Middle East and who have lost their jobs. But the shoe is now on the other foot. Barry is now “the man,” and his only skill is in “taking down the man.”

Colony14 on May 17, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Keep carrying that water for that lib Romney there Edward.

air_up_there on May 17, 2012 at 10:32 PM

While Barack Obama’s fundraising dropped 20% from March to April, Mitt Romney’s tripled — and then some, according to his campaign disclosure for April’s fundraising. Team Romney, partnered with the RNC, hauled in more than $40 million, just $3 million less than Obama

HECK, YES!

GO MITT!

bluegill on May 18, 2012 at 8:49 AM