- - Tuesday, July 5, 2011

CAMPAIGN FINANCE

Pro-Romney fundraising group raises $12 million

An independent fundraising group supporting former Republican Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s presidential bid has raised $12 million so far this year.

Restore Our Future announced its latest fundraising figures Tuesday. The group, founded by several strategists who worked for Mr. Romney during his 2008 campaign, is expected to be one of many groups helping Republicans try to defeat President Obama next year.


In a statement, treasurer Charles Spies said the group’s fundraising success was evidence that voters think Mr. Romney can boost the sagging economy.

Mr. Romney’s campaign fundraising is expected to outpace others in the GOP field. Advisers say the campaign raised between $15 million and $20 million in the quarter that ended June 30.

WHITE HOUSE

‘Commy’ message makes way onto Obama 2012 website

A message inviting supporters of President Obama to nonexistent events hosted by “Commy Obama” made its way onto the president’s campaign website, but was removed Tuesday, the campaign said.

The material was posted on a section of the site where users can generate their own content, and made its way past monitors.

“The site was not hacked. These are user-generated sites for supporters - we monitor them for inappropriate content, but aren’t able to catch everything right away,” said Ben LaBolt, spokesman for Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.

The fake material invited users to events scheduled for noon in Washington, the Washington Examiner reported. It said the 430-word message listed “Rules of Politics,” including “Politicians and other public servants lie.”

The report came a day after hackers took control of a FoxNews.com Twitter account Monday and sent six false tweets saying Mr. Obama had been fatally shot, prompting an investigation by the Secret Service.

WISCONSIN

Democrat Baldwin says run for U.S. Senate ‘likely’

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