Romney camp, RNC announce $101.3M July fundraising total

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign announced Monday that it had raised $101.3 million in July.

The fundraising haul, from joint efforts between Team Romney and the Republican National Committee (RNC), marks the second straight month that they have passed the $100 million mark, and is likely to intensify concerns among President Obama’s reelection team that it will be outpaced by the GOP’s fundraising push.

The July efforts leave the Romney campaign in strong shape, with three months left until Election Day. The campaign, RNC and state party groups have $185.9 million cash on hand, said a statement touting the war chest. 

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Romney Victory National Finance Chairman Spencer Zwick and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said the fundraising gains were a sign Romney's economic message was resonating with voters and highlighted the number of smaller donations they received.

The campaign said that more than 94 percent of all donations received last month were for $250 or less. Those 600,627 contributions totaled $25.7 million of the haul.

Zwick said the totals showed that “Once again we see that for many people, this is more than a campaign, it is a cause.” 

He added that the campaign was “well on track to raise the money to be successful in November.”

Priebus said the strong figures were a sign of broad dissatisfaction with the Obama administration’s economic policies.

“Americans are clearly looking for a change in the White House,” he said. “Mitt Romney has a plan that will create jobs, grow the economy, and build a stronger middle class — that is why he is seeing such strong support.”

The strong July totals come after Romney and the RNC topped Obama and Democratic National Committee fundraising efforts in May and June. In June, Romney outraised Obama by $35 million, which led the president’s team to acknowledge to supporters that they “got beat.”

The Obama campaign has pressed donors to rally, warning repeatedly that they could be outgunned before November, especially among outside groups backing Romney.

Obama is scheduled to host a series of high-dollar events in the coming weeks, and has added additional fundraising events to his schedule. 

Last week Obama attended a fundraising dinner in New York City with 60 donors who contributed $40,000 each. Obama has also held many high-profile events on the West Coast, where the campaign hopes supporters in the entertainment industry and Silicon Valley will help close the fundraising gap.

Romney’s July totals were likely boosted by a series of high-dollar events the GOP candidate held in the Hamptons and during his recent three-country overseas trip. 

The billionaire Koch brothers, who have contributed to many conservative causes and are key backers of the Tea Party-movement, hosted an event for Romney in Long Island, with reports estimating the campaign raised more than $3 million.

Romney also held fundraisers in Britain and Israel, including a private breakfast with donors in Jerusalem, where he netted more than $1 million, and a London event that raised $2 million. 

The Jerusalem breakfast was attended by casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who has donated at least $10 million to the pro-Romney super-PAC Restore Our Future.