WASHINGTON -- The long-term political consequences of last month's Supreme Court ruling on the healthcare law remain unclear. But early indications show that as a fundraising tool, the 5-4 decision is a boon for both parties.
Within hours of the decision being announced, Mitt Romney's campaign was tweeting hour-by-hour updates on how much a grassroots fundraising drive was netting the campaign. After 24 hours, more than 47,000 donors had contributed a total of $4.6 million.
The Obama campaign, which also hit up supporters for post-decision donations, declined to say how much it raised, though a spokesman said it was more than what the Romney campaign said it drew.
Other Democratic campaign committees have touted an unprecedented cash infusion after the ruling.
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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said that June 30, the Saturday after the ruling, was the "single biggest grass-roots' fundraising day" in its history. In total, $2.3 million was raised from 65,000 donors after the ruling.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee said it raised $2.5 million in the 48 hours after the decision, and shattered its one-day record for the number of online contributions it received.
"There should be no misunderstanding. The decision by a conservative Supreme Court to uphold the president's healthcare law generated tremendous enthusiasm and financial support for our committee and our candidates," committee Executive Director Guy Cecil said.
Spokesmen for the respective Republican congressional committees declined to specify their hauls. A fuller picture will come when detailed fundraising reports are due this month.
It's worth noting that the decision came at the close of campaigns' second-quarter filing period, a time of intense fundraising, making it difficult to discern how much giving was driven by the ruling.
The Romney campaign reportedly took in a combined $100 million for the entire month of June for itself and allied fundraising accounts with the Republican National Committee.
That sum, which Democratic aides had predicted, was quickly turned into a new solicitation for the president's campaign.