Romney’s July Cash Haul Brightens GOP Mood

Erasing all doubts about his fundraising abilities, Mitt Romney on Monday announced that he and his allies raked in $100 million for the second straight month, again topping President Obama and handing the Republican a much-needed public relations boost as he prepares to accept his party’s presidential nomination this month.

As recently as January, when the candidate was in the middle of a bruising primary, Mr. Romney’s fundraising was giving Republicans pause. But since acquiring enough nomination delegates, the former Massachusetts governor has been unstoppable.

In July, the Romney campaign, the Republican National Committee and a related joint fundraising operation raised a combined $101.3 million, besting Mr. Obama and the Democratic National Committee’s $75 million.

The latest fundraising numbers have buried the idea that Mr. Obama, whose 2008 fundraising shattered records, would be able to swamp Republicans the way he did Sen. John McCain in 2008 or President Clinton did to Republican Bob Dole in 1996.

A new Republican Party?

Mr. Romney is scheduled to officially become his party’s nominee at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., this month. On Monday, Republicans unveiled a list of seven speakers that notably included three minority women: former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and South Carolina Gov. Nikki R. Haley, who is of Indian descent.

Other speakers announced were Mr. McCain, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Republican strategist Ford O’Connell said the selection of the three women in particular represents a renewed focus on the future and a departure from the blaming and second-guessing that has defined the presidential campaign.

“The future is now,” he said. “We cannot continue to be the party of old white men and continue to succeed. I expect to see more speakers that are geared toward the future.”

The combined Republican fundraising efforts left the Romney campaign with $186 million on hand.

Read more from David Sherifinski at The Washington Times

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