Bloomberg by the Numbers: $9.4 M

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A Mitt Romney supporter in Salem, Virginia.

That’s how much Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has collected from employees of the investment and securities industry and their family members, according to the latest figures from the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington-based research group that tracks political giving.

Romney, a former private-equity executive, has raised more than $3.5 million from the industry, which isn’t giving President Barack Obama as much support as in 2008 because of Romney’s candidacy and the president’s attacks on Romney’s background and Wall Street’s excesses. Obama raised about $15.8 million from the investment and securities industry for his 2008 campaign.

Romney, though, won’t be getting fundraising help from Robert Diamond, who stepped down today as chief executive of Barclays PLC. Diamond has dropped out as a co-host of a London campaign fundraiser for Romney, Julie Bykowicz reports.

Romney also plans to meet this summer with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whom the former Massachusetts governor has known since the 1970s from their work at a Boston consulting firm. Now-President Obama traveled to Israel at a similar point in his 2008 campaign, John McCormick writes.

One strategy that Obama and Romney are employing to win the votes of political independents is praising a political adversary from time to time, Kate Andersen Brower writes. The idea is to portray the opposing presidential candidate as more politically extreme than other members of his party. An example: Obama has said that his 2008 rival, Arizona Senator John McCain, supported efforts to overhaul campaign finance laws and curb greenhouse gas emissions.

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