By joining forces with the Republican National Committee and four of its state-level affiliates, Romney is able to raise $75,800 from one person or more than $150,000 from a couple. That puts him on an even playing field withÂ President Obama, who has been doing the same on the Democratic side since last year.
In April, Romneyâ€™s campaign raised $11.5 million and the RNC raised $11.2 million, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission on Sunday night. TheRomney Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee, took in an additional $17.4 million, according to the campaign.
The fund includes state parties in Oklahoma, Massachusetts, Idaho and Vermont. Once they receive the Victory money, theyâ€™ll transfer it to battleground states for get-out-the-vote efforts, a Romney aide said.
Overall, the $40.1 million raised by Romney and the RNC puts themÂ nearly evenÂ with the Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee, which brought in a combined $43.6 million in April. Obama has also been fundraising aggressively in May, hosting an event at actorÂ George Clooneyâ€™s houseÂ that reportedly raised about $15 million.
Romney has relied heavily on the finance industry to fill his coffers. Records show that his campaign has taken in $3Â million from Fairfield County in Connecticut, as much as heâ€™s raised from Los Angeles County and topped only by the $5.4 million from Manhattan, according to a Washington Post analysis of federal filings. Fairfield has one of the nationâ€™s largest concentrations of hedge funds and other financial firms.
Romney was in Connecticut collecting checks on Sunday. He went on Monday to Manhattan, where the campaign held a breakfast for 70 people near Wall Street co-hosted by Gerald Hassell, president of the Bank of New York Mellon. Later, Romney spoke to at least 240 people at a fundraising lunch in the Starlight Room at the Waldorf Astoria in Midtown.