The Washington Post:
Mitt Romney and the Republican National Committee have grown a more than $25 million cash advantage over President Obama, according to just-filed Federal Election Commission reports.
Romney; who trailed Obama by $90 million at the end of March, now leads the incumbent president $170 million to $144 million in cash on hand, thanks to a surge in GOP fundraising and heavy spending by the Democrats early in the 2012 campaign.
President Obama’s campaign spent $38 million on ads and $58 million overall in June, while Romney’s campaign spent less than half that and continue to build up its reserves for the fall campaign.
Obama’s campaign raised $46 million in June, including a $17 million transfer from a joint fundraising committee with the Democratic National Committee, but it spent $58 million and saw its cash on hand fall to $97.5 million.
That $97.5 million figure is far more than Romney’s official campaign had at the end of June: $22.5 million. But the Romney effort is stashing huge reserves in its joint fundraising committee — nearly $58 million — and the Republican National Committee has nearly $90 million on hand, meaning that between the three, the Romney effort has about $170 million in cash.
Obama, meanwhile, doesn’t have such large cash reserves in his joint committee or the DNC. His joint committee has just $9 million, and the DNC’s June report showed $37.5 million cash on hand.
Romney outraised Obama $106 million to $71 million in June — the second straight month he has done that.
Around the time Romney became the presumptive GOP nominee in early April, Obama and the Democrats had a $132 million to $42 million edge in cash on hand over Romney and the RNC.
Since then, though, Romney has outraised Obama, and Obama has spent heavily on a TV advertising blitz in key swing states.El problema para Romney es que, hasta que la convención republicana certifique su nominación a finales de agosto, no puede utilizar el dinero recaudado para la elección general por el comité conjunto Romney Victory Fund.
Hasta las convenciones, los candidatos solo pueden utilizar el dinero de las primarias. Obama tenía en el banco al terminar junio, 72 millones en dinero de primarias; Romney, solo 20 millones. Así que antes de Tampa, el candidato republicano tendrá que depender de la ayuda de organizaciones paralelas, Super PACs y RNC.