Romney raises $2.5M off court ruling

Mitt Romney's campaign has raised $2.5 million off of Thursday's Supreme Court ruling on the healthcare law, an official said.

Romney's staff began the fundraising drive in reaction to the Supreme Court's decision to uphold President Obama's healthcare reform law, telling supporters in an email "the stakes couldn't be higher" in November.

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"Today, the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare. But regardless of what the Court said about the constitutionality of the law, Obamacare is bad medicine, it is bad policy, and when I'm President, the bad news of Obamacare will be over," Romney wrote in the email.

According to campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul, the campaign has raised $2.5 million since the announcement was made at 10 a.m. Thursday morning. Saturday is the deadline for second-quarter fundraising.

In his email, Romney echoed the pledge he made in his statement responding to the ruling to work to overthrow the law if elected president.

"On Day One, I will work to repeal Obamacare to stop the government's takeover of our health care and intrusion in our lives. I will push for real reform to our health care system that focuses on helping patients and protecting taxpayers," Romney said.

The email then urges supporters to "donate $10 or more to put a stop to the policies of Barack Obama and the liberal Democrats."

The court's ruling upheld the substantive portions of the president's reform effort, reclassifying the controversial individual mandate as a tax. Obama heralded the decision as “a victory for people all over this country" at a White House press conference Thursday.

"I know the debate over this law has been divisive," Obama said. "It should be pretty clear that I didn't do this because it was good politics. I did it because I believe it is good for the country."

— This story was last updated at 6:33 p.m.