Fund-raising flurry after Supreme Court ruling
June 29th, 2012
08:00 AM ET
10 years ago

Fund-raising flurry after Supreme Court ruling

(CNN) – Both presidential campaigns are citing fund-raising spikes following the Supreme Court's decision upholding President Barack Obama's health care law.

Mitt Romney's organization said Friday morning it had raised $4.6 million online, and Obama's operation, while not revealing specific numbers, said they had surpassed Team Romney's announced total.

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The Romney fund-raising figure included money from more than 47,000 contributions in the first 24 hours, the candidate's spokeswoman Andrea Saul said.

Obama's campaign wouldn't reveal specific fund-raising numbers when asked, saying Friday their opponent's hour-by-hour updates were "perverse." They did assert, however, that their donations surpassed the Romney effort.

"It's perverse that Mitt Romney won't 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," Obama campaign press secretary Ben LaBolt wrote. "We've outraised 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."

The Romney campaign's Friday announcement marked a significant jump from Thursday night, when the campaign reported pulling in $3.2 million from 26,000 contributors.

Both Romney and Obama used Thursday's Supreme Court ruling on health care to solicit funds from donors, each spinning the landmark decision as an appeal for campaign cash.

Romney's campaign changed the homepage of their website to reflect the court's decision, writing "Obamacare Upheld: Elections have consequences" over a photo of the Republican candidate. Underneath the image was a large red "DONATE" button.

The campaign also emailed and sent text messages to supporters asking for campaign contributions. In one, Romney wrote: "Our basic liberties are at stake – and I will fight to restore our freedoms, renew the respect for our Constitution, and halt the government takeover of health care. This November it's all on the line. The stakes couldn't be higher. Donate $10 or more to put a stop to the policies of Barack Obama and the liberal Democrats."

A text message from Romney read: "If we want to get rid of Obamacare, we're going to have to replace President Obama."

The Romney campaign said earlier this month it had raised $76 million in May along with Romney Victory, a joint fund-raising effort with the Republican National Committee. That averages about $2.5 million per day, though the bulk of the organization's May fund-raising came at large donor events, not from small supporters, as happened Thursday.

Donations to the Romney Victory Fund are divided between Romney's campaign, the Republican National Committee and several state Republican parties.

Earlier in the day, Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul noted the uptick in donations, marking on Twitter when the campaign hit the $100,000 mark minutes after the ruling was handed down.

Democrats also jumped in on the fund-raising action Thursday, following up the court's decisions with emails to supporters applauding the ruling.

Rep. Steve Israel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, wrote in his appeal: "Republicans threw everything they had at us, and they lost. With you standing with us, we can carry this momentum into November and win a Democratic majority to keep making progress. Please donate $3 or whatever you can right now."

Obama's campaign manager Jim Messina sent out a fund-raising pitch late Thursday night with the subject line: "Let's win the damn election." In the e-mail, Messina stressed a need to keep Obama in office.

"It's been a good day. But this is a three-step process: 1. Pass historic health care reform. Check. 2. Get affirmation from the highest court in the country. Check," he wrote. "Step three? Win the damn election."

Obama himself sent an e-mail to supporters, though it only asked recipients to add their name to his supporter database rather than solicit funds.

"While the Supreme Court's decision should put to rest the debate over health care, Mitt Romney and the Republicans in Congress just can't take yes for an answer," Obama wrote. "My opponent said a short while ago that the first thing he would try to do as president is repeal the health care law. We can't allow that to happen. So we have to win this election."

CNN's Candy Crowley contributed to this report.

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soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Name JR

    Cool. Now going to the doctor will be like going to the DMV. I always look forward to that.

    June 28, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans response to Obamacare is a "Boogie Man" theory; Bachmann and Rubio and the GOP said to Americans "just wait and see all the bad things that are going to happen to you". That "boogie man" statement says if you get sick and don't have healthcare that's not the worst thing that can happen to you. Come on, are these guys all idiots.

    June 28, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  3. Snow

    Here comes obama tax increase on all Americans and it will be the largest tax increase put upon the American people in the history of this country. The only way obama care could be legal was to make it a tax increase as his lawyers argued it was in the courts and obama asked of the Supreme Court.

    June 28, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  4. Romneycare was a tax?

    Since Romneycare was a tax in Massachusetts, you can't REPEAL Obamacare and REPLACE it with Romneycare.

    June 28, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  5. Upheld...but do the People agree...?

    Upheld....the people will have their say...! Come November 2012...Was Obamacare a botched job...we'll see...!

    June 28, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. kakaraka

    It's easy to counter this. Use Romney's old support for individual mandate and national health as model for his Massachusette health care against him. Period. This guy is a flip floper in chief. All states have the same health care problems like Massachusetts, so what is good for Massachusett is also good for the citizens, residents of other states. There should not be discrimination on basis of states for health care. What a loser Romney.

    June 28, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  7. Jack

    Bravo for Obama and health care reform. Kudos to Roberts. He's being the good Catholic boy he should be. We who were raised Catholic know we have a duty to help others. It is our mission as Catholics. Our reward may be in the next world but our work is here. We must feed and heal all in need.

    June 28, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  8. American

    Obamacare = Romneycare

    The truth is Romeny called for the exact same kind of law for the nation, including the mandate. It is unbelievable how Romney has dwarfed into a tool of a politician who flip-flops & lies from his record.

    June 28, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The Kochs and Fox foreign owned media just wasted millions of dollars trashing the ACA with their lies.

    June 28, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    "We have a moral responsibility not to spend more than we take in."


    This coming from Repubs whose failed trickle-down economic policies, along with cutting taxes while waging two wars off the books evaporated the Clinton surplus!

    A more accurate saying would be, "Give the rich even more money so we can finish off the American middle class by shipping jobs overseas and investing in foreign countries where we like to hide our money."

    Obama/Biden 2012 = Vote for OUR country

    June 28, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. once upon a horse

    Mitt is correctt elections DO have consequences and I don't think he'll like what they are going to be.

    June 28, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. anthony78

    So Obama DIDNT waste 3 and a half years of his Presidency, right Mitt?

    June 28, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. Dean

    Obama will not be happy with the ruling that will be handed down in November.

    June 28, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  14. Christopher of Oregon

    So it is a TAX INCREASE? Are we not taxed enough? property tax, sales tax, sales tax, federal tax, etc..etc.. SO, THE PRESIDENT LIED OR FOOLED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE? This is my question..

    In 2009, when Pres. Obama was interviewed, he said these -
    STEPHANOPOULOS: That may be, but it's still a tax increase.
    OBAMA: No. That's not true, George. The – for us to say that you've got to take a responsibility to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax increase.

    June 28, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  15. Tim

    Mitt Romney is making it clear in no uncertain terms under his administration, healthcare will once again be UNAFFORDABLE.

    There is only one logical choice: Obama 2012.

    June 28, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  16. RWB1956

    I thought the ACA was sent to the Supreme Court to finally say if the mandate was or was not constitutional? Now that it was upheld, Rand Paul wrote "Just because the Supreme Court says it's constitutional, doesn't make it constitutional". Go figure.

    June 28, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  17. Larry L

    The loudest voices against the healthcare reform law were Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachman. That should tell you something.

    June 28, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  18. Gov 47th in Job Creation

    Ah yes, a truly monumental day for The Heritage Foundation. I see the smiles from here.
    Flip-flopping to pander to the lowest common denominator to get a couple of votes has consequences too. Romneycare = ACA. Thanks for the blueprint.
    Elections do have consequences. 2010 promises? Jobs jobs jobs. Promise broken. Consequences coming up.

    June 28, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  19. Lionel

    Romney's speak was pathetic. Flip-Flop, Flip-Flop, Flip-Flop. Obamacare is based on Romneycare. I hope the dems use this to stick it to Romney. Let the voters know how he stood. We have the clips to prove it.

    3.5 years of presidency was not wasted.

    Obama / Biden 2012

    June 28, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  20. November 6, 2012 -- The Start of the Second American Revolution

    Tim - Mitt Romney is making it clear in no uncertain terms under his administration, healthcare will once again be UNAFFORDABLE.
    What planet do you live on? Because here on earth, healthcare has continued to go up even with Obamacare, which will make it go up even more.

    June 28, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  21. November 6, 2012 -- The Start of the Second American Revolution

    In 2010 the American people put a STOP to Obama and the leftist Democrats runaway freight train of spending and destruction.

    In 2012 the American people will finish the job, throw Obama and the leftist Democrats OUT and start to rebuild and repeal all of the damage they have caused over the last 4 years, INCLUDING the destruction of our freedom.

    It will take decades for the Democrat Party to rgain the trust of the American people after the horrendous lies and treachery of Obamacare.

    June 28, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  22. Carlos

    Republicans are against the mandate because it was an afront to individual liberty. But Citizens United was not????? White man speaks with forked tongue!!!!!

    June 28, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  23. mikle

    Obama lie,lie,lie. He said no tax and now what?

    June 28, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  24. Va native

    Goes to show thats these republicons have no RESPECT FOR OTHERS
    EndOf story.....

    June 28, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  25. California

    I see democrats are happy to increase taxes on the middle class.

    BRAVO libs!!

    June 28, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
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