Romney’s campaign raises $2M after Ryan veep announcement

Mitt Romney’s campaign is reaping a financial boost from the selection of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as running mate.

Spokeswoman Andrea Saul announced on Twitter that the campaign has raised over $2 million since announcing Ryan as the vice presidential candidate early Saturday.

Earlier in the day, Saul had announced a $1.2 million haul on Twitter just four hours after Ryan was named as Romney's running mate.

Romney’s campaign moved quickly to fundraise after the announcement. An email sent shortly after Romney welcomed Ryan at a campaign event in Norfolk, Va., asked supporters to “Donate $15 today to help restore America's greatness and build a stronger middle class.”

But Democrats also are hoping to use the Ryan selection to add to their own war chest.

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President Obama’s campaign sent an email to supporters saying that with his VP decision, “Romney doubled down on his commitment to take our country back to the failed policies of the past.”

“Election Day is closer than you think — make a donation to fund this campaign in the time we have left,” the note said.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) sent an email to supporters describing Ryan as “the architect of the Republican plan to kill Medicare.”

Robby Mook, the DCCC executive director cited polling showing that fewer than half of Americans had an opinion about Ryan and said Democrats had to move quickly to inform voters about his budget plans.

Democrats have made Ryan’s budget, which would cut $5 trillion and make Medicare a subsidized private-insurance program, a centerpiece of their attacks.

“We might not be able to out-spend Romney and the Koch Brothers but we have to reach every last voter we can,” Mook wrote in the email.

The fundraising fight sparked by Ryan’s pick comes after Romney and the Republican National Committee (RNC) out-raised Obama and Democrats for the third straight month, with a $101.2 million July haul, topping the Obama campaign’s $74 million. It was also the second straight month that the presumptive GOP nominee had passed the $100 million mark.

Those figures have raised concern among Obama donors that they may be outspent in the next three months leading to the election, despite efforts by the campaign to downplay fundraising expectations.

The Romney campaign, RNC and state groups have $185.9 million cash on hand.

This story was posted at 1:17 p.m. and has been updated.