Romney raised $100 million in June. Will that quiet conservative critics? (+video)
Mitt Romney's haul in June was a monthly record for a GOP candidate. He'll need that money in the Battle of the Ads, which will only escalate. But conservative critics are clamoring for more from their party's standard-bearer.
Peter Grier is The Christian Science Monitor's Washington editor. In this capacity, he helps direct coverage for the paper on most news events in the nation's capital.
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The presumptive GOP nominee’s haul for his campaign and associated Republican committees was “north of $100 million,” tweeted RNC political director Rick Wiley on Wednesday. Mr. Wiley directed his comment at President Obama’s campaign manager, Jim Messina, saying he assumed the total would drive Mr. Messina and friends to adult beverages to drown their sorrows.
Will it? Perhaps. One hundred million Washingtons is a lot of money for a presidential campaign to accumulate in four weeks’ time. If true (it hasn’t yet been confirmed officially by the Romney campaign), that total would represent a record for Republican fundraising.
Mr. Obama beat that last time around – he raised $150 million in September 2008. But Obama’s money-race totals trailed Mr. Romney’s in May. Now the incumbent risks falling behind his challenger in this important metric for two months in a row.
“We’re already giving Team Obama’s formidable fundraising capabilities a run for their money – and it feels so good. Bazinga!” wrote contributor Erika Johnsen on the conservative Hot Air website on Thursday.
Romney worked hard to raise this money. Remember that $50,000-per-person dinner with Donald Trump in Utah? Overall, the former Massachusetts governor has held at least one fundraiser on 18 of June’s 30 days, according to a report in Slate.
Will the fundraising total at least give pause to Romney’s conservative critics? That’s a crucial question, given that he’s been hammered in recent days by News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch, former GE CEO Jack Welch, The Wall Street Journal editorial board, and even the conservative news magazine, The Weekly Standard.