He may be coming under fire now from some GOPers because they feel he’s a flawed candidate, but presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney is like a rodeo rider on the meanest horse: he’s getting big bucks. In fact, he’s set a record for a GOPer in raking in the dough:
The Romney campaign, along with its Romney Victory fund, raised more than $100 million in June, obliterating the campaign’s goal and setting the one-month record for any Republican campaign, according to a GOP official.
Now-President Barack Obama raised $150 million as he was surging in September 2008, the record month for any campaign.
The Romney campaign outraised Obama in May — taking in $77 million, compared with $60 million for the Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
The Romney campaign says much of the June haul came from new donors, with states from coast to coast out-performing their targets.
New York was a gold mine for Romney, and Colorado, Michigan, New Jersey and Ohio all dramatically exceeded expectations.
Ben LaBolt, Obama campaign national press secretary, issued this statement after POLITICO reported the $100-million month: “Mitt Romney is trying to distract from a week when he took contradictory positions on the freeloader penalty in the Affordable Care Act and we learned more about his offshored finances in Switzerland, Bermuda, and the Cayman Islands….”
There’s more of the Obama camp’s spin on this — which is as tedious and tiresome as the typical spin the Romney camp makes on Obama stories to try and downplay stories that don’t make Romney look good.
But this is the fact: the Democrats have reason to be concerned because as of now there are no signs that Democrats are willing or perhaps able t match the huge amounts of money that are now and will be flowing to Romney. Then if Romney wins and the Supreme Court goes definitively to the right Democrats will talk about how the deck was stacked against them.
Actually, the deck might not be stacked if they stacked some cash. Which they are not doing yet to match the Republicans.
Joe Gandelman is a former fulltime journalist who freelanced in India, Spain, Bangladesh and Cypress writing for publications such as the Christian Science Monitor and Newsweek. He also did radio reports from Madrid for NPR’s All Things Considered. He has worked on two U.S. newspapers and quit the news biz in 1990 to go into entertainment. He also has written for The Week and several online publications, did a column for Cagle Cartoons Syndicate and has appeared on CNN.