Washington (CNN) – The major super PAC backing Mitt Romney saw its largest monthly haul in June – thanks in large part to one generous Nevada couple.
Restore Our Future brought in $20.7 million in last month, giving the group a major cash advantage in its efforts to boost the presumptive Republican nominee, whose campaign continued to be the target of a multi-million barrage of negative ads from President Barack Obama's re-election team.
CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for July 20, 2012 | 5 p.m.
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BREAKING: GUNS USED IN COLORADO SHOOTING ALL PURCHASED LEGALLY: A law enforcement source working the investigation tells CNN’s Ed Lavandera:
2 guns were purchased at Bass Pro Shop in Denver
1 gun was purchased at Gander Mountain Guns in Aurora
1 gun was purchased in Gander Mountain Guns in Thorton
Investigators also found a drum magazine, capable of carrying 100 rounds. This was used in the AR-15 assault rifle.
All the weapons, the source said, were purchased legally in the last six months.
Washington (CNN) - Former President George W. Bush has decided he is not going to next month's Republican Convention.
"President Bush was grateful for the invitation to the Republican National Convention. He supports Governor Romney and wants him to succeed. President Bush is confident that Mitt Romney will be a great President. But he's still enjoying his time off the political stage and respectfully declined the invitation to go to Tampa," his spokesman Freddy Ford told CNN after inquiries about his plans.
(CNN) – Documents filed with the Federal Election Commission Friday show President Barack Obama's presidential campaign raised $46 million in June and spent $58 million.
Meanwhile, his Republican challenger Mitt Romney brought in $33 million through his campaign, and spent $27.5 million. The Republican candidate's spending last month was nearly doubled from in May, when his campaign spent just over $15 million.
New York (CNNMoney) - One of President Obama's most prominent Wall Street backers is leaving banking giant UBS to start his own advisory firm.
The departure of Robert Wolf, who most recently held the post of chairman for UBS Americas, was announced by the bank's management in an internal memo.
Bow, New Hampshire (CNN) – A campaign rally for Mitt Romney was devoid of politics following a deadly shooting in Colorado Friday.
"I stand before you today not as a man running for office, but as a father and a grandfather, a husband and an American," Romney said in New Hampshire. "This is a time for each of us to look into our hearts and remember how much we love one another."
(CNN) – President Barack Obama, speaking Friday at a modified campaign event in Florida, urged a crowd of supporters to set aside politics on a day when the nation's attention was focused on a deadly shooting at a movie theater in Colorado.
"Even as we learn how this happened and who's responsible, we may never understand what leads anybody to terrorize their fellow human beings like this," Obama said. "Such violence, such evil is senseless. It's beyond reason. But while we will never know fully what causes somebody to take the life of another, we do know what makes life worth living."
(CNN) – The campaigns for the two presidential candidates said Friday they were asking television stations to discontinue airing some political advertisements following a deadly shooting in Colorado.
Presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney's campaign will pull all television ads in Colorado, the candidate's spokeswoman Andrea Saul said.
(CNN) – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an outspoken advocate of stricter gun-control laws, said in a radio interview Friday the two candidates for president needed to take a firmer line in addressing gun violence.
Bloomberg's comments came as police and the FBI were investigating a deadly shooting in Colorado that left at least 12 people dead.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama's campaign said Friday it was canceling the second of two campaign events following a deadly shooting at a movie theater in Colorado. He will address the shooting at a first event at 11:20 a.m. ET in Fort Myers and then return to the White House.
Vice President Joe Biden and first lady Michelle Obama also both cancelled scheduled campaign events Friday. The campaign of presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney said it would continue with a planned political event.