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Romney and RNC collect $106 million in June

Mitt Romney pulled in a blockbuster fundraising haul in June, collecting $106.1 million for his campaign and the Republican Party, his campaign announced today.

The total marks Romney’s best fundraising month yet, as the former Massachusetts governor continues to capitalize on the large donations he can now collect through joint fundraising with the Republican National Committee and other affiliated groups.

The June haul was also boosted by the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Obama’s healthcare law; officials claimed $4.6 million -- mostly in small donations -- came into the joint fundraising effort in the 24 hours following the decision.

“This month’s fundraising is a statement from voters that they want a change of direction in Washington. Voters of all stripes -- Republicans, Independents, and Democrats -- have made it clear that President Obama has not lived up to the promises of his last campaign,” Romney finance chairman Spencer Zwick said in a statement. “Mitt Romney’s message of restoring economic security and rebuilding our middle class is clearly resonating across the country. In the months to come, these resources will be crucial to highlighting the difference between President Obama’s broken promises and Mitt Romney’s plan to get America on the right track again.”

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The campaign says it, along with the RNC, has approximately $160 million in the bank. Of the $106 million collected last month, $22.3 million was raised in increments of less than $250, it said.

The Obama campaign has not yet released its June fundraising figures, but for weeks, its officials have been publicly speculating that the Romney campaign may beat them in the money race for a second consecutive month.

In an email to supporters last month, with the subject line “I will be outspent,” the Obama campaign sought to use Romney’s fundraising prowess as a rallying point for Democrats.

“I will be the first president in modern history to be outspent in his reelection campaign, if things continue as they have so far,” said the email signed by the president.

Pointing to Romney’s success with large-dollar givers -- and the number of outside groups advocating on Romney’s behalf -- Obama urged donors to give to his campaign.

“We can be outspent and still win -- but we can’t be outspent 10 to 1 and still win,” the email said.

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