Romney finance report shows cash crunch before convention

Mitt Romney's finance filing for August shows evidence of a campaign struggling to keep pace with President Obama's as the result of a quirk in election law.

Romney raised $66.6 million and spent $66.4 million last month, according to federal election records.

But the campaign also borrowed $20 million, a loan necessitated by election rules that did not allow Romney to access his bountiful general election fund until officially accepting the Republican nomination.

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The Romney campaign said earlier this week that it had borrowed the money against money they already had in the bank for the general election — a practice allowed under federal election law. The campaign said they had already paid back a chunk of the loan, and should easily be able to repay the remainder now that they have access to their full fundraising haul.

According to the reports, Team Romney spent $13.7 million on television advertising and an additional $3 million in online advertising throughout the month. The campaign also spent nearly $12 million on direct mail targeting swing-state voters, and another $3 million on telemarketing.

Paid strategy and communications consultants cost the Republican nominee $3.25 million, nearly identical to the amount spent on campaign staff. The campaign also spent more than $4 million on travel expenses.

Further evidence that the Romney campaign was under strain because of the restrictions on pre-convention spending was evident in the filings of the leading pro-Romney super-PAC, Restore Our Future, which spent a staggering $21.2 million in August to help Romney keep pace with Obama's reelection ad spending.

That's more than three times the $7 million it raised in August — itself a considerable step back from a record $20.7 million raised in July. Restore our Future ended the month with just $6.3 million cash on hand.

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