fMitt Romney and the GOP combined fund raising for June tops $100 million, according to a report from Politico's Mike Allen. President Barack Obama's totals for the month are not yet known.
The Obama campaign responded to the leaked figures by claiming Romney was trying to put off negative reports about his personal finances and the muddle of his campaign's response to last week's Supreme Court ObamaCare ruling.
"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 offshored finances in Switzerland, Bermuda, and the Cayman Islands," Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt said in an emailed statement, as reported by Yahoo News.
The Business Insider interviewed top Ohio fundraiser Bruce Zoldan, who was a strong supporter of Bill Clinton and raised funds for Obama in 2008. Zoldan, the founder and CEO of Phantom Fireworks, has refused to commit this time, citing Obama's class warfare as an irritant to employers.
"'They talk too much about taxing the rich," Zoldan told Business Insider. "Tax is not an issue with me — I pay my taxes and I'm happy to do it. But they are too focused on the idea that it is the rich people who are keeping down the poor. I'm not opposed to Democrats on this issue. What bothers me is to hear that he is making employees — my team members — feel that I am somehow being unfair to them, like I am the bad guy."
The New York Daily news noted a disconnect in the Obama reaction to the fundraising fight, observing that Obama aide David Alexrod told Buzzfeed: “I don’t think that ultimately that this race will be determined on monthly fund raising ."
At the same time that deputy campaign manager Julianna Smoot wrote an email to supporters.
"If we're drastically outspent in this election, there's a very good chance we will lose to Mitt Romney," she wrote. "This is a distinct possibility.”
The fund raising fears even made their way onto Air Force One where Obama.
"I’m asking you to meet or exceed what you did in 2008. Because we’re going to have to deal with these super PACs in a serious way And if we don’t, frankly I think the political [scene] is going to be changed permanently," the president said in a recording obtained by the Daily Beast. "Because the special interests that are financing my opponent’s campaign are just going to consolidate themselves. They’re gonna run Congress and the White House.”
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