The Romney campaign and Republican campaign committees raised $76.8 million in May, the campaign announced on Thursday. The haul far surpasses the $60 million that the Obama campaign and Democratic committees brought in during the same month.
The Romney campaign said that 93 percent of all donations were $250 or less, from 297,442 people. The campaign and the Republican National Committee now have $107 million cash on hand.
“Our strong fundraising is a sign that Americans are tired of President Obama’s broken promises and want a change of direction in the White House,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in the release. “We will continue the hard work of raising the resources to defeat President Obama so that we can elect Mitt Romney and Republicans up and down the ballot to get our country on the right track again."
This is the first month in which the two candidates have been compared in general-election fundraising. Candidates generally get a bump in fundraising after they clinch their party's nomination.
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said on Thursday that she was not worried about being outraised this month, maintaining they will have the resources to "run what will be the most significant grassroots presidential campaign in history."
"The Romney campaign and RNC just formed their joint fundraising committee," she said on MSNBC. "They have a lot of low-hanging fruit they were able to pull down this month. We've had our joint fundraising committee for the past year. That came in this month."
Obama campaign Press Secretary Ben LaBolt echoed Wasserman Schultz, saying on Thursday the campaign anticipated that Romney would beat them in May fundraising.
"Certainly there will be a lot of special-interest spending against the president this fall,” LaBolt said in a conference call with reporters. “That should serve as a clarion call to our supporters and our donors to give now and give again."
By day's end, the Obama campaign was trying to raise money off its losing month with an email from campaign manager Jim Messina headlined "We got beat." Messina told supporters that "We knew this moment would come when Romney secured the nomination" and added: "What happens next is up to you."
Sophie Quinton contributed