Top White House adviser David Plouffe responded Tuesday morning to Mitt Romney’s robust June fundraising haul, saying that a small collection of very wealthy donors are lining up “trying to purchase the White House” for the former Massachusetts governor.
“We assumed all along that Governor Romney and the RNC would outraise us,” Mr. Plouffe said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “The real new dynamic in this race is obviously the Super PACs, and we have three or four Republican Super PACs at any given time spending tens of millions of dollars aimed at the president. And so that’s what’s really new in this election cycle. We’re very happy with our fundraising.”
Mr. Romney and the Republican National Committee raised $106 million in June compared to Mr. Obama and the DNC’s $71 million — the second straight month Mr. Obama’s forces were bested by their Republican adversaries.
“Listen, money matters in politics,” Mr. Plouffe said. “We’re running a great campaign, we have millions of volunteers out there registering voters donating $25 or $50, but you have to have enough money to run and win your campaign. Our big concern is these Super PACs … you’ve got a few very wealthy people lining up trying to purchase the White House for Mr. Romney, and we’re going to have to have everyone out there who wants to have the president to continue in a second term to step up here and help the campaign.”