» Three months straight: With his July fundraising, Mitt Romney finished an entire quarter with a higher donation total than President Obama. Considering his continued ability to out-raise Obama, is it any wonder that the two remain virtually neck-and-neck in pre-election polling?
There was a unanimous decision in the drafting committee to include it in the platform…everybody was for it.Retiring Rep. Barney Frank • On the inclusion of gay marriage as part of the official Democratic Party platform. The 15-member Democratic Party platform draft committee unanimously approved language supporting marriage equality, and according to Frank, a member of the committee, the vote wasn’t even close. The draft still has to be approved by the full platform committee, which meets in two weeks; then, delegates at the Democratic National Convention will have to vote in favor of it it. Huffington Post, which talked to two sources on the matter, claims that “the deal is more or less final.” Reacting to the news, the president of the National Organization for Marriage said that Democrats “can kiss the presidential election, the House and now the Senate goodbye.” What do you think—will this help or hurt Democrats in November? source (via • follow)
» But at least Romney has Super PAC backing: While Obama more than doubled Romney’s fundraising total in March — $35 million to $12.6 million — Romney’s stayed competitive with the help of the Super PAC supporting him, Restore Our Future. Other Super PACs are helping too — the Karl Rove-backed American Crossroads, which is expected to ratchet up the Obama attack ads, raised $31.2 million in March — and the RNC’s fundraising is back on track after a fairly rough stretch under Michael Steele. One thing Romney hasn’t done this time around is put his own money into the campaign, like he did in 2008 when he threw $40 million in the pot. Think Mitt can prove formidable despite the cash deficit?
» Romney’s heating up the fundraising, too: With the primary campaign largely over, Mitt Romney is now working together with the Republican National Committee on fundraising, and they’re starting to pick up steam — the RNC, which has had some fundraising scandals in recent years, raised $13.7 million in March, while Mitt has $72 million in cash as of the end of February. The Mittster is expected to announce his March totals later this week. As you might’ve heard, Mitt’s a tad bullish towards big-ticket donors these days.
» His opponents: Not even close. While the Obama campaign denies trying to raise a bold-sounding $1 billion for his campaign, he is doing quite well on the fundraising front, especially in comparison to next-best Mitt Romney. Mitt scored $24 million in donations in the same period. But not all that money will go straight into the Obama campaign: Roughly $24 million will go to the Democratic National Campaign’s efforts reelect members of Congress and the Senate.