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Mitt Romney and the Republican National Committee brought in $106.1 million in June, their biggest haul of the election season to date and one that was bolstered in part by conservative anger over the Supreme Court's decision to uphold President Obama's landmark health care reform law.
The June total follows a strong May for Romney, during which he and the RNC raised nearly $77 million and bested Obama's fundraising efforts for the first time. The president's camp has not yet released its June total but would need a marked improvement from May's $60-million haul to prevent losing its second straight monthly fundraising contest. Given the numbers, Team Obama now faces what Politico is calling a "delicate challenge" in deciding when to announce its June total. (See UPDATE below.)
The strong fundraising totals of the past two months reflects, in the words of the New York Times, "the rapid coalescence of the Republican donor establishment" around Romney.
The former governor's camp did not release a breakdown for how much donors gave directly to the presumptive GOP nominee and how much was raised by the RNC, which can accept donations that are substantially larger than those given directly to an individual candidate. Late last month, however, Romney's camp announced that it had brought in $5.5 million within 24 hours of the high court's Obamacare decision, the Hill notes.
UPDATE 10:44 a.m.: Obama's camp is out with its June total: $71 million between the president's team and the DNC. That total is more than $10 million above May's total, but about $35 million short of the Romney-RNC haul for June.