Mitt Romney's campaign outraised President Obama's by more than $30 million in June, in the latest sign the GOP fundraising machine is starting to rev up going into the summer.
Romney's campaign announced Monday morning that a joint fundraising effort between Romney for President, Romney Victory, and the Republican National Committee raised a whopping $106.1 million in June, eclipsing his total last month and setting a GOP fundraising record.
Romney and the RNC now have $160 million in their coffers.
"This month's fundraising is a statement from voters that they want a change of direction in Washington," Romney Victory National Finance Chairman Spencer Zwick said in announcing the numbers. "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."
"Our June fundraising is a sign that voters are fed up with President Obama's failure to fix our economy and want a change of direction," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus echoed.
Obama and the Democratic National Committee later reported raising $71 million in June. In a message to supporters, campaign Chief Operating Officer Ann Marie Habershaw said it was their best month, "but we still got beat -- and not by a little bit."
According to the Romney campaign, 94 percent of all their contributions were $250 dollars or less, generating $22.3 million of the total number. Donations came from all 50 states as well as Washington DC.
This is the first time a Republican candidate has raised more than $100 million in a single month. Then-Sen. Barack Obama raised $150 million dollars in a single month during his run for president in 2008.
The figure shows Romney's fundraising prowess and the emphasis he has put on raising top dollar. Last month, Romney out-raised Obama, bringing in $76.8 million to the President's $60 million. And he has dedicated a large portion of his recent time to fundraising, often making several day swings through cities, netting millions of dollars.
At the beginning of the month, Romney raised nearly $15 million while on a 3-day swing through Texas. And the campaign announced its biggest single fundraising day, between $6 and $8 million during 2 events in his birth state of Michigan.
He also capitalized on the controversial Supreme Court decision on June 28th that upheld much of the President's health care law, raising $4.7 million from 47,000 donors during a 24-hour period.
The campaign, along with Romney himself, has taken a more hands on approach to fundraising, often cultivating relationships with their top donors, giving them what everyone desires: access to the candidate. During June, the campaign held a retreat for its top earners and bundlers in the exclusive Deer Valley section of Park City, UT, where donors were able to hob-nob with each other, top GOP brass, as well as senior members of the campaign, including Romney.