Mitt Romney and the RNC raised $76.8 million in May, easily outpacing $60 million from President Obama's campaign and the DNC. With outside conservative groups alone already outspending the Obama campaign in swing states and Democrats begging donors for help, the money race is tilting quickly toward the GOP.
Romney and the RNC now have $107 million cash on hand, with $12 million of their monthly haul coming from donations less than $250.
“We are encouraged by the financial support from a broad range of voters," Romney's National Finance Chairman Spencer Zwick said in a statement. "To them, whether they are Republican, Democrat, Independent, a first time political donor, or a former Obama donor, this is not just a campaign; it's an opportunity for the country. It is clear that people aren't willing to buy into ‘hope & change’ again. Voters are making an investment because they believe that it will benefit the country.”
The Obama camp minmized the gap, with press secretary Ben LaBolt tweeting that it was expected now that Romney has entered the general election and can collect a new round of maximum donations from his top primary backers. As TPM previously reported, this is especially relevant to Romney since his new joint Victory Fund with the RNC can take donations of up to $75,800, far above the primary campaign's $2,500 limits. It's possible Romney's latest haul is a one-time trick that represents these big money backers making their investment in the general election, but combined with Republicans' success luring a handful of billionaires to singlehandedly match Obama's own spending, it looks like trouble for Obama ahead either way.