Romney, Republican National Committee Raise $100 Million

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and allied party committees raised more than $100 million in June, Republican National Committee political director Rick Wiley said yesterday on Twitter.

Romney, like President Barack Obama, is raising money jointly with national and state party committees. This allows donors to contribute more than the $2,500 each for the primary and general election campaigns that is the maximum they can give directly to a candidate’s campaign.

Obama and Romney are shunning federal funds for their general election campaigns, making 2012 the first entirely privately funded presidential race since the Watergate scandal created a public finance system for White House beginning in the 1976 election.

Wiley’s announcement didn’t break down how much money went directly into Romney’s campaign coffers and how much was earmarked for the national and state political parties. A Romney campaign spokeswoman, Andrea Saul, didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Obama raised more than twice as much as Romney for his campaign committee, $261.4 million to $123.6 million, through May 31. In addition, through that date the Democratic National Committee took in $189.2 million to $169.4 million for its Republican counterpart.

The campaigns and the parties are scheduled to report their June totals to the Federal Election Commission by July 20.

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