Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney raised $4.6 million in the 24 hours after the Supreme Court handed down their ruling on the healthcare reform law, the campaign revealed Friday.
"In 24 hrs @MittRomney raised $4.6 million w/ 47k+ donations online. Thanks for everyone's support for #FullRepeal!" Romney campaign spokesperson Andrea Saul tweeted.
The campaign continued hourly donation updates after the Supreme Court ruled the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate provision was constitutional at around 10 a.m. Thursday morning, stating the former Massachusetts governor had already raised $100,000 just minutes after the decision was handed down.
Although President Barack Obama's campaign did not release specific numbers, they claimed the number raised was higher than Romney's, adding his hourly updates were unnecessary and showed bad sportsmanship.
"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 in a statement.
He added, "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 changed their donation page on the official website after the ACA ruling, showing a picture of their candidate and a tagline reading, "Obamacare Upheld: Elections have consequences. DONATE."
Obama for America also jumped to action, sending out emails soliciting donations from supporters and warning of Romney's intention to overturn the very law just deemed constitutional by the highest court in the land.
"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. Step three? Win the damn election," Obama for American Campaign Manager Jim Messina wrote in an email Thursday.
"Mitt Romney has been clear he'd repeal Obamacare on Day One. Just another reminder of how much is at stake in November," he added.
Other prominent Democrats also urged supporters to make donations before the end of the month so they can be counted toward the president's June fundraising numbers. Last month, Romney surpassed Obama in fundraising for the first time, raising $78 million to Obama's $60 million.
"If you care about defending health care, re-electing President Obama and keeping the Senate in Democratic hands, you have 36 hours to give before the most critical [end of quarter] deadline yet," Senator John Kerry, D-Mass., wrote in an email Friday afternoon.
"Give your $5 before midnight tomorrow and the Democratic senators will triple match your gift. Health care reform hangs in the balance," he added. "Republicans will spend endlessly to defeat the President, topple the Democratic Senate, and repeal everything we've just achieved."
The Supreme Court ruling was a clear victory for the president, who counts the law as his first term's landmark achievement. Both Democrats and Republicans will use the ruling - and their candidate's differing views on health care - as the November elections draw ever closer.
by RTT Staff Writer
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