Mitt Romney today showed that he is closing the Democratic fund-raising gap, taking in $40.1 million in conjunction with the Republican National Committee and a new Romney “Victory” committee established as he emerged as the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.
The total is just shy of the $43.6 million President Obama and the Democratic National Committee said they raised last month, and reveals a party increasingly coalescing around Romney after a lengthy, divided nomination fight.
Romney and the Republican National Committee now have $61.4 million cash on hand, Romney’s campaign said in a statement. The Obama campaign did not divulge its cash-on-hand figure in its statement Wednesday.
The campaigns have until midnight Sunday to file reports with the Federal Election Committee.
The Romney statement did not break down how much had been raised by each entity. Individuals can only give $5,000 to a candidate, but they can give up to $38,500 to joint fund-raising victory committees.
Romney and the RNC did not team up until April 4, and they did not hold their first joint event until April 14. That was nearly halfway through the month—limiting their opportunity to take advantage of the enhanced fund-raising vehicle.
“We are pleased with the strong support we have received from Americans across the country who are looking for new leadership in the White House,” said Romney Victory National Finance Chairman Spencer Zwick. “Along with the hard work of the Republican National Committee, we will continue to raise the funds necessary to defeat President Obama in November.”
According to the campaign’s statement, 95 percent of all donations received last month were $250 or less. The contributions came from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.Glen Johnson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @globeglen.