Official Romney/RNC fundraising number for June: $106.1 million

posted at 9:21 am on July 9, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Last week, the media reported that the joint fundraising effort between Team Romney and the RNC had raised $100 million, a new Republican record.  That report was apparently unofficial — and slightly inaccurate.  They actually raised a bit more than reported:

The $106.1 million total includes money raised for Romney’s campaign, the Republican National Committee and a joint fundraising operation (“Romney Victory”) between the two entities. The three of them combined have $160 million cash on hand.

“This month’s fundraising is a statement from voters that they want a change of direction in Washington,” said Romney Victory national finance chairman Spencer Zwick. “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.”

According to Politico’s Morning Blast, 94% of all June donations were $250 or less, accounting for $22.3 million of that total.  The total number of small donors in June was more than a half-million — 563,729.  Impressive.

That would indicate that the burn rate for Team Romney/RNC is better than Team Obama, which outspent its fundraising in May.  However, that’s a little deceptive at this stage, thanks to the one-year head start Barack Obama and his campaign have in this race.  They spent that year building the ground organization they need for the general election, so cash on hand may not be as critical a measure as it is for Romney, at least not over the summer.  They can afford to spend a little more than they take in for a short period of time — assuming, of course, that they can ramp up their fundraising effort after Labor Day.

So far, though, we’re not really seeing any indication of that, and Romney keeps getting stronger, but that could change, too.  Team Obama/DNC haven’t yet released their figures for June.  If they didn’t keep pace with the GOP, one might have expected those numbers out over the weekend, when the news cycle for the week would have consigned them to relative oblivion. We’ll see whether Obama has become more competitive soon.


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Start using it.

Philly on July 9, 2012 at 9:25 AM

A very good thing

koaiko on July 9, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Romney’s rebel forces are rampping up their forces to take on the evil Emperor Husein.

Romney’s Rebels…hmmmmm…I like that.

NickDeringer on July 9, 2012 at 9:28 AM

John Roberts wants his cut.

Dongemaharu on July 9, 2012 at 9:29 AM

I’ve given money to politicians exactly twice in my life.

Scott Brown before the Obamacare vote.
Mitt Romney after the Obamacare Supreme vote.

Youngs98 on July 9, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Mr outspent whiner

cmsinaz on July 9, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Team Obama, which outspent its fundraising in May. However, that’s a little deceptive at this stage, thanks to the one-year head start Barack Obama and his campaign have in this race. They spent that year building the ground organization they need for the general election, so cash on hand may not be as critical a measure as it is for Romney, at least not over the summer. They can afford to spend a little more than they take in for a short period of time — assuming, of course, that they can ramp up their fundraising effort after Labor Day.

…why not?… it works for JugEars Federal Budget!…oh…oh wait!

KOOLAID2 on July 9, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Gotta laugh at you guys thinking Obama is somehow “punching himself out” when the attacks are working (both Gallup and Rasmussen show this).

Romney will be knocked out from all of Obama’s punching and then he can feel good about losing with honor, repeating the oh-so-successful McCain campaign.

What good is raising a ton of money when it’s not being spent to respond to effective attacks?

gumbyandpokey on July 9, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Obama is burning up his cash with June and July buys in places like Michigan, Wisconsin and New Mexico. And other states that he won by ten points in 2008 like IA and NV.

As discussed in the other thread. Romney just has to remain on par with Obama. Nothing matters until the conventions and debates.

Romney staying even-keeled, running neck and neck with Obama and raising boatloads of cash.

Even when its a negative news cycle for Romney, I like the way this is playing out.

swamp_yankee on July 9, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Agree start using it…go for the jugular…. dear leader has no problem with negative campaigning

cmsinaz on July 9, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Start using it? Look, I’m as concerned as anyone, but it’s still too early to go to warp speed for Romney. Not just because that costs more, but because you want to go to warp speed with the VP set, and a bit closer to the convention. Also, new media makes the most effective campaign for Mitt one that starts even later.

So, at least for the moment, relax, and assume Mr. Turnaround is doing stuff behind the scenes that will pay off very soon.

ParisParamus on July 9, 2012 at 9:34 AM

We, as GOP voters and conservatives need to be talking UP Mitt Romney. He may not be conservative, but he’s more to the right than Obama.

What has Obama done to deserve re-election? Let’s give him one more chance to put more of us on unemployment?

originalpechanga on July 9, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Not to worry, Obama can borrow $500 mil against his family’s Lobster & Kobe Beef fund. Just imagine the Mooch on the campaign trail after a week of grazing on arugula and organic lettuce.

Archivarix on July 9, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Any plans to respond to Obama’s ad blitz in swing states that are hardening opinions against Romney.

earlgrey133 on July 9, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Mr outspent whiner weenie!

cmsinaz on July 9, 2012 at 9:30 AM

…that’s what I thought I read!

KOOLAID2 on July 9, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Not to worry, Obama can borrow $500 mil against his family’s Lobster & Kobe Beef fund. Just imagine the Mooch on the campaign trail after a week of grazing on arugula and organic lettuce.
Archivarix on July 9, 2012 at 9:39 AM

She’d put Wright’s rants to shame.

MeatHeadinCA on July 9, 2012 at 9:45 AM

The elite nattering nabobs already decided it won’t help.
To hear Krauthammer and Kristol talk, it’s all over.
Sixth Constant Mitzvah? Have you ever heard of it, Bill?

vityas on July 9, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Romney’s Rebels…hmmmmm…I like that.

NickDeringer on July 9, 2012 at 9:28 AM

“Rebels” is racist or something. I think “Mitt’s Marauders” sounds more menacing.

SKYFOX on July 9, 2012 at 9:56 AM

there had better be an inhuman sh-tload of nasty, vicious, negative ads from Mitt come Sept/Oct.

GhoulAid on July 9, 2012 at 9:57 AM

gumbyandpokey on July 9, 2012 at 9:32 AM

..we offer you our sincere and heartfelt thanks for your concern.

The War Planner on July 9, 2012 at 9:57 AM

We, as GOP voters and conservatives need to be talking UP Mitt Romney. He may not be conservative, but he’s more to the right than Obama.

What has Obama done to deserve re-election? Let’s give him one more chance to put more of us on unemployment?

originalpechanga on July 9, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Nothing. The only reason people would vote for 4 more years of Barry is A)they’re hardcore partisan Dems, B)they don’t want to make the first (half)black President a one-termer, and/or C)they’re government moochers. Is that a large enough bloc of voters to equal 50.1% of the electorate? I certainly hope not.

Doughboy on July 9, 2012 at 9:58 AM

I’m sure the many faces of George Soros will be there to bail Obama out… the man gives more in a couple of weeks than the Koch brothers do in a year and the Left can only complain about the Kochs and not how they are being bought out by Soros. If the Left didn’t have double standards they wouldn’t have any.

ajacksonian on July 9, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Any plans to respond to Obama’s ad blitz in swing states that are hardening opinions against Romney.

earlgrey133 on July 9, 2012 at 9:39 AM

If Obama can still convince the mindless masses to vote for him after 3 1/2 years of proven incompetence and blatant stupidity then the future of this poor sick Republic is in serious doubt.

rplat on July 9, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Start using it to convey simple messages about why we need to elect you, Mitt. Keep it simple and direct.

Philly on July 9, 2012 at 10:00 AM

It’s nice that they have all this money. How about now using it to stop Obama from spreading his stupid narrative that Romney is just some rich guy who wants to raise taxes on the poor and doesn’t care about you if you dont own a corporate jet.

If they lack money in October, Rove will pick them up with the negative ad’s. But they cannot keep letting Obama and his band of liars keep defining him in such a negative way.

milcus on July 9, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Heh. Koolaid

cmsinaz on July 9, 2012 at 10:04 AM

What is it about Republicans that make them run such tentative and wimpy campaigns?

Romney is just letting Obama take the initiative and once the public forms a solid opinion about a candidate, all the ads in the world won’t make a difference.

Get ads on immediately or Romney is toast.

gumbyandpokey on July 9, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Start using it? Look, I’m as concerned as anyone, but it’s still too early to go to warp speed for Romney. Not just because that costs more, but because you want to go to warp speed with the VP set, and a bit closer to the convention. Also, new media makes the most effective campaign for Mitt one that starts even later.

So, at least for the moment, relax, and assume Mr. Turnaround is doing stuff behind the scenes that will pay off very soon.

ParisParamus on July 9, 2012 at 9:34 AM

..10-4, good buddy. Rasmussen on the Varney&Co show this morning flat out said that the old folks like us (er..well..me) were paying attention to this EVERY DAY but that the young’uns and others maybe have 1-in-5 listening. The real attention will come in the last two weeks in August; that’s when the undecideds start to make up their minds.

There is a serious tell in what Obama’s doing: for the past year (actually more), he has been out there attempting to fire up his base and campaigning to the folks who he should have in the bag already. Check out the recent ghey and Hispanic pandering he’s done, of course.

Also, all semi-legit polls (i.e. MOST polls) have the incumbent below 50% and within the MOE of the challenger. That’s not a good place to be for Obama. People already know who you are.

To the concern trolls who worries about Obama NOT punching himself out, strap yourself in a seat watch about an hour’s worth of battleground state TV and say that you can tolerate Obama’s Bain slam ads.

Now multiply that by four months and see who YOU want to vote for.

The War Planner on July 9, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Back in 96, Clinton spent the summer pounding on poor old Bob Dole and by the time he got around to responding, he was defined in the voters minds, and the election was effectively over.

For a guy who’s been running for President for a long, long time, Mitt Romney is pretty stupid and has learned nothing from past campaigns.

gumbyandpokey on July 9, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Why spend money now convincing people what they already know:

Two-thirds of likely voters say President Obama has kept his 2008 campaign promise to change America — but it’s changed for the worse, according to a sizable majority.

A new poll for The Hill found 56 percent of likely voters believe Obama’s first term has transformed the nation in a negative way, compared to 35 percent who believe the country has changed for the better under his leadership.

..also:

Strikingly, 1-in-5 Democrats say they feel Obama has changed the United States for the worse.

Portentous! Ominous?

The War Planner on July 9, 2012 at 10:15 AM

For a guy who’s been running for President for a long, long time, Mitt Romney is pretty stupid and has learned nothing from past campaigns.

gumbyandpokey on July 9, 2012 at 10:15 AM

..well, well, here’s a quote certainly worthy of the old ctrl-c/ctrl-v come November 7th.

Dole?

The War Planner on July 9, 2012 at 10:16 AM

The Obama regime has got this country into a huge train wreck and the only thing Obama has to offer is a second train wreck even bigger than the first, anyone stupid enough to vote for that all i can say is you get what you deserve: a second huge train wreck.

Beastdogs on July 9, 2012 at 10:22 AM

I’m very concerned that Obama’s attempt to define Mitt as an “outsourcer” and ruthless Wall St banker in these negative ads, in the critical swing states are working.

No matter how times different factchecker’s report on the dishonesty of these ads, Obama is still going to run them because they’re working, and Romney needs to respond- now.

So take that cash and freaking spend it. You don’t have to go all in yet, but you better respond. Get your $hit together now, Mitt.

Fish on July 9, 2012 at 10:23 AM

the most important thing is this. Mitt can contribute 50 million to his own campaign at any time.

gerrym51 on July 9, 2012 at 10:26 AM

If Obama can still convince the mindless masses to vote for him after 3 1/2 years of proven incompetence and blatant stupidity then the future of this poor sick Republic is in serious doubt.

rplat on July 9, 2012 at 9:58 AM

I read this somewhere -

The “ignorant masses” will forgive their leader any vice if they know that he will relieve them the obligation of thinking.

Amjean on July 9, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Anyone but Obama works for me, but maybe the swing voters want more. Romney needs to start defining his plans I think. Kristol is right. But he also needs to attack O’Bozo. That should be easy.

Jaibones on July 9, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Get your economic plans out. Stop letting Barry define you.

Philly on July 9, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Thank goodness some of the commentators on this page are not Republican Strategists.

It is flat out STUPID to spend a lot of political capital of any sort during the summer before an election. Team Romney is doing to smartest thing, they are letting Obama work himself into a lather and building up their cash at the same time. Romney will need the money after Labor Day, not now.

Elizabetty on July 9, 2012 at 10:32 AM

I was just pokin’ around the internets and came across this old article. It’s very interesting:

Just How Low Will They Go?
May 31, 2008 9:02 AM EDT

With ‘elitist’ a choice slur, candidates are trying to win over the new ‘It’ demographic: ‘low-info voters.’

Thirty-one-year-old Jin Chon is obsessed with television talk shows. He starts each weekday morning with Barbara and the gang on “The View” and rarely misses his daily dose of Ellen and Tyra. Other favorites: “Entertainment Tonight” and “Access Hollywood,” where he luxuriates in the latest gossip. For Chon, there are few things more rewarding than flipping on one of his must-see shows and finding they’ve booked his favorite celebrity guest: Hillary Clinton.

That happens a lot. In the past year, she has been a repeat guest on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” swooned over “Grey’s Anatomy” star Patrick (McDreamy) Dempsey on “ET” and copped to a weakness for “Dancing With the Stars” on “Access.” The way Chon sees it, there’s no such thing as too much Hillary. “She has a great sense of humor and is totally engaging and willing to do fun things that you’d be, like, ‘Oh, no, she wouldn’t do that!’ ” he says.

So right about now is when you’d be thinking: “Dude, honestly. Get a job.” He’s got one. Impressive title, too. Chon is press secretary for specialty media for the Clinton campaign. He’s the man behind the dozens of fluff TV appearances Hillary has made…

In the long run, it didn’t work out so well for Hillary but ‘low info voters’ vote. Start buying ad time, Mitt.

Fallon on July 9, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Oops, forgot the link. Warning, it’s a Daily Beast/Newsweek article.

Fallon on July 9, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Philly, gumbyandpokey, cmsinaz: +1 … the polls have me worried and show that Romney needs to take off the kid gloves & spend some of that cash.

KS Rex on July 9, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Funny how the guy who isn’t doing all that well in the polls, Romney, is running away from an incumbent president in fundraising.
Curious.

arand on July 9, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Thank goodness some of the commentators on this page are not Republican Strategists.

It is flat out STUPID to spend a lot of political capital of any sort during the summer before an election.

Exactly. Talk about the panic crowd.

But, they thought Palin was a great idea. So, it’s not like they know what they are talking about.

Moesart on July 9, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Stats up on Drudge now that every state that voted in a Republican governor in 2010 have lower unemployment are more powerful at this time. This should be hammered home by every Republican in every free TV appearance. All these swing states now have Republican governors.

monalisa on July 9, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Chief Justice Roberts helped raise $4 million of that talley.

joecollins on July 9, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Philly, gumbyandpokey, cmsinaz: +1 … the polls have me worried and show that Romney needs to take off the kid gloves & spend some of that cash.

KS Rex on July 9, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Doesn’t look like he’s going to.

Just more of the Dole & McCain show.

tetriskid on July 9, 2012 at 11:22 AM

He doesn’t need to spend a lot – just enough to get his agenda out in public, or at least debut it.

Philly on July 9, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Thank goodness some of the commentators on this page are not Republican Strategists.

It is flat out STUPID to spend a lot of political capital of any sort during the summer before an election.

Exactly. Talk about the panic crowd.

But, they thought Palin was a great idea. So, it’s not like they know what they are talking about.

Moesart on July 9, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Political capitol? It doesn’t cost any political capitol to respond to a negative attack that isn’t true. The ads are having an affect, and that’s bad. Real bad. He has to come out swinging and right the ship. If he doesn’t, and he’s defined by Obama as a Wall St shark who doesn’t care about the middle class, he cannot win the election. Period.

Fish on July 9, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Romney’s Rebels…hmmmmm…I like that.

NickDeringer on July 9, 2012 at 9:28 AM

And if you can manage to say it with a straight face, you are ready for a career in politics…

JohnGalt23 on July 9, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Rush is saying that Romney or the Superpacs need to go scorched earth NOW He just said that Romney weds to go hard against Obama just like Romney went against Newt and Santorum in the primaries. Rush just said this is not going to be a traditional type of election and Romney needs to recognize it and change tactics NOW!!!

karenhasfreedom on July 9, 2012 at 12:58 PM

The ads are having an affect, and that’s bad. Real bad. He has to come out swinging and right the ship. If he doesn’t, and he’s defined by Obama as a Wall St shark who doesn’t care about the middle class, he cannot win the election. Period.

Fish on July 9, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Keep spouting those talking points, Dunderfin! The polls are what people think the pollsters want to hear, but in no way reflect what’s actually happening among the no longer Silent Majority.

If you think people were mad as h*ll in 2010, just wait until election day 2012! People are beyond mad now, especially in light of the recent gross betrayal of his oath of office to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America by Chief Justice Roberts.

People are angrier now than I’ve ever seen them during a Presidential Election year in my six plus decades’ experience, and regardless of Bill Kristol’s Inside-the-Beltway self-deluded opining, the angry voters of all political affiliations are going to turn out in record busting numbers to throw that grifter Obama and his sweetie Moochelle off the gravy train to which they are so addicted now.

KendraWilder on July 9, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Fish on July 9, 2012 at 11:39 AM

I agree. Romney is allowing Obama to define him. Romney doesn’t have to spend a gazillion dollars to respond forcefully, but he does have to do something.

Obama is running negative ads in downstate Illinois. He won’t get the conservative votes here, but barring a miracle, he will win Illinois (Chicago) anyway. So, I can’t figure out why he’s spending the money.

Lightswitch on July 9, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Keep spouting those talking points, Dunderfin! The polls are what people think the pollsters want to hear, but in no way reflect what’s actually happening among the no longer Silent Majority.

If you think people were mad as h*ll in 2010, just wait until election day 2012! People are beyond mad now, especially in light of the recent gross betrayal of his oath of office to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America by Chief Justice Roberts.

People are angrier now than I’ve ever seen them during a Presidential Election year in my six plus decades’ experience, and regardless of Bill Kristol’s Inside-the-Beltway self-deluded opining, the angry voters of all political affiliations are going to turn out in record busting numbers to throw that grifter Obama and his sweetie Moochelle off the gravy train to which they are so addicted now.

KendraWilder on July 9, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Talking points? They’re facts. Completely unlike your polls comment.

45% of the American public have no idea that the SC made their decision and how it affects them. That’s a fact. So you can live in a fantasy land about how mad “people” are and think Romney can just waltz in and beat Obama, but the only people that are truly mad right now are mostly those who were going to vote against Obama anyway. We have voter enthusiasm and he has willing accomplices in the press and a dangerously high number of apathetic voters who will gladly vote for him if they think Romney is as Obama would have them.

If Obama can successfully paint Romney as a Wall St tycoon who outsources jobs, Romney cannot win. Don’t let your passion cloud your intelligence. This is pretty simple stuff.

Fish on July 9, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Obama is running negative ads in downstate Illinois. He won’t get the conservative votes here, but barring a miracle, he will win Illinois (Chicago) anyway. So, I can’t figure out why he’s spending the money.

Lightswitch on July 9, 2012 at 1:07 PM

That is odd.

Fish on July 9, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Yeah, it is. If anyone out there knows more about this sort of thing, I’d like to hear the what for.

Lightswitch on July 9, 2012 at 4:05 PM