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Mitt Romney raised record $106 million in June

Presumptive presidential candidate, Republican National Committee have $160M on hand.

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and wife Ann and their family walk in the Wolfeboro Independence Day parade on July 4, 2012, in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. (Kayana Szymczak/AFP/Getty Images)

Mitt Romney and the Republican National Committee combined to raise $106 million in June, a record that gives them $160 million in total, they said in a news release issued today.

The GOP had hinted last week that Romney’s efforts on the fundraising circuit would produce impressive results.

“This month’s fundraising is a statement from voters that they want a change of direction in Washington,” said Spencer Zwick, Romney’s national finance chairman, according to Bloomberg. “In the months to come, these resources will be crucial to highlighting the difference between President Obama’s broken promises and Mitt Romney’s plan to get America on the right track again.”

Also included in the fundraising totals are contributions to the Romney Victory Fund, a Romney-RNC collaboration, ABC News said.

The 65-year-old former Massachusetts governor is really hitting his stride.

In May, the presumptive Republican nominee for president raised almost $77 million, or $17 million more than Obama.

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The Obama campaign announced later in the day that it had raised a combined total of $71 million in June, including the DNC and other state parties, according to Politico.

Chief Operating Officer Ann Marie Habershaw said it was the Obama campaign's best fundraising month yet, but said, "We still got beat." That increases the gap between the Romney and Obama campaigns to $35 million.

The Republicans have been trying to reinforce the idea the Democrats have the deeper pockets.

“Obama had no primary opponent, so could use all the money he raised for the primary against Gov. Romney. By contrast, Gov. Romney had to wage a long and expensive primary campaign using precious primary dollars that could not be replenished after he won,” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul told ABC.

Romney’s donors were almost exclusively small contributions of less than $250, USA Today reported.

According to the GOP news release, 94 percent of all donations received last month were less than $250.

You can expect his totals to continue climbing this month, too. Romney and the RNC charged $75,000 per couple for an event in the Hamptons with billionaire David Koch on the weekend, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Three stops in the Hamptons raised $3 million, the LA Times said.

The Koch event drew Occupy Wall Street protesters carrying signs like, “Your $50,000 ticket equals my child’s education.”

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