Romney sets fundraising record for 2012 election

Romney sets fundraising record for 2012 election

Deer Park : WA : USA | Jul 06, 2012 at 4:07 AM PDT
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U.S. Presidential aspirant Mitt Romney raised more than $100 million in June, the Politico reported on Thursday, setting a record for the 2012 presidential campaign and placing fundraising demands evenly on President Obama.

Although the amount raised by the Republican White House contender is less than the $150 million raised by Democrat Barack Obama in Sept. 2008, a record amount pulled in by any U.S. politician in one month, Mitt Romney has demonstrated an astounding pull since he raked in $199 million a complete 5 months out from the presidential vote.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Romney camp outraised President Obama in May — raising $77 million, in comparison with the $60 million raised by the Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee for the same month.

The Obama camp has not yet declared its fundraising amount for June. However, political pundits believe that the month may well be the second in a row in which Mitt Romney collected more funds than the president.

Meanwhile, team Obama has declared that the disclosure of the June fundraising amount was intended at off-putting voters from major crucial and turning points of the presidential campaign that have cropped up in the previous week.

"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 off shored finances in Switzerland, Bermuda, and the Cayman Islands. Americans are less concerned about how much money he raised to get himself elected and more interested in what he would do after repealing health reform, which he has refused to share, and why he won’t disclose the necessary tax returns that prove whether or not he paid any U.S. taxes on his shell corporation in Bermuda,” Ben LaBolt, Obama campaign national press secretary, said in a statement, according to the Politico.

Reports suggest that rich conservatives are funneling huge amounts into external activists that hold up Romney's program. Moreover, New York turned out to be a bullion mine for Mitt Romney. New Jersey, Colorado, Ohio and Michigan all vividly surpassed the fundraising targets.

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