Repealer-Romney: $4.3 M, Counting

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Mitt Romney after remarks on the Supreme Court ruling of the Obama health care plan on June 28, 2012.

Updated at 11:10 am EDT

Republican Mitt Romney’s campaign is reporting a gold rush.

Since the Supreme Court ruled nearly 24 hours ago to uphold President Barack Obama’s signature health-care law, the Romney campaign says, supporters have contributed $4.,3 million to the campaign online.

The Obama campaign says it’s done even better than that.

None of this will be independently verifiable until the monthly reports are filed with the Federal Election Commission.
However, Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul says they have recorded 43,000 donations since the ruling.

The Romney campaign normally clocks about $140,000 a day in online donations, Saul told us this morning. Their biggest online haul, before the health-care ruling, she adds, was one $400,000 day.

The reported online bonanza also coincides with the Romney campaign’s raffle of $3 tickets for a chance to take a ride on the Romney campaign bus. Last night, a campaign e-mail went out in Romney’s name noting the midnight dateline and saying:   “The response to this contest has been so great, there is talk of offering another seat on the bus to a third winner to be selected next week. I’ll be sure to let you know.”

Still, the campaign was making a pointed health-care appeal in its fundraising, with an e-mail to supporters detailing complaints about the president’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:

–“Obamacare contains the largest tax increase in nearly two decades.

—  Obamacare will raise taxes by hundreds of billions of dollars over its first 10 years.

— Nearly 3/4 of small business owners blame Obamacare for impeding job creation.”

“Mitt Romney will do on his first day in office what the Supreme Court didn’t do on the last day of its session,” that e-mail promised. “But first, it’s up to you to repeal Obamacare by replacing Obama.”

It asked for $10 or more to make Obama “a one-term president.”

Saul’s report of $4.3 million at this hour, from 43,000 donors, breaks down to an average of $100 apiece.

That doesn’t sound like bus tickets.

For his part, Obama campaign press secretary Ben LaBolt had this to say about the absence of an alternative on health care from the Romney campaign:

“It’s perverse that Mitt Romney wont share details about what he’d do for the millions he’d leave uninsured or at the whims of insurance companies when he ‘kills Obamacare dead,’ but he’ll share the hourly details of his fundraising after the Supreme Court ruling,” LaBolt said  in an e-mail today. “We’ve out-raised the Romney campaign in that time period but that’s not the point –  our supporters are more committed than ever to ensuring that insurance companies can’t drop coverage for people who get sick or discriminate against people with preexisting conditions by reelecting the president.”

Julianna Goldman contributed to this report.



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