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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Romney Raises $111.6 Million in August


Mitt Romney and the Republican National Committee raised more than $111.6 million in August, the campaign announced Monday, leaving Mr. Romney and his party with about $168.5 million in cash at the beginning of September.

The total, slightly more than figures that had previously leaked, puts Mr. Romney on track to match or surpass President Obama, the most successful fund-raiser in history, by November. Both campaigns have said they hope to raise more than three-quarters of a billion dollars, amounts that would shatter previous records for presidential spending. Neither campaign is accepting public funds for the general election campaign.

Some of the money is being raised on behalf of state Republican parties loyal to Mr. Romney, allowing him to raise more money from individual donors than they would be able to give to his campaign and to the Republican National Committee. Mr. Obama has a similar arrangement. His campaign has not yet released his fund-raising numbers for August, though it expects to remain competitive with Mr. Romney, if not with the “super PACs” and outside groups that have combined with Mr. Romney to outspend Mr. Obama and the Democrats in recent months.

In a statement, Spencer Zwick, Mr. Romney's finance chairman, and Reince Priebus, the R.N.C. chairman, said: “Americans are not better off than they were four years ago and they are looking for a change of leadership. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are offering bold solutions to our country's problems â€" that is why we are seeing such tremendous support from donors across the country.”

The Republican effort raised about $34.6 million in donations of less than $250, the camp aign said, about a third of the total - a better
showing with small donors than Mr. Romney has had in the past, though not as strong as Mr. Obama typically shows.