Romney's April Fundraising Haul Nearly Matches Obama's

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Mitt Romney's around-the-clock fundraising schedule seems to be paying off, literally.

Romney, with the help of the Republican National Committee, raised $40.1 million in April, nearly matching the $43 million raised by President Obama's campaign and the Democratic National Committee in the same month, proving the strength of his fundraising campaign since essentially clinching the nomination.

The fundraising numbers were first reported by the New York Times.

The April haul far exceeds the money the presumptive GOP nominee raised in March - $12.6 million - and clearly shows the boost the campaign got from joining forces with the RNC to develop a Victory Fund, which allows donors who have already maxed out to Romney to then give more money, and in larger amounts.

Romney, a multi-millionaire, has yet to give any of his personal fortune to his campaign. The campaign will report later this morning that it has $61.4 million in cash on hand.

Romney's fundraising schedule has undoubtedly ramped up since joining forced with the RNC in early April, but the candidate spent only the later half fundraising with the Victory Fund, the first two fundraisers officially organized by the committee not occurring until April 15 in Florida. Since then, Romney has maintained an aggressive fundraising schedule.

Romney is said to have raised more than $4.3 million at two fundraisers Wednesday alone in South Florida. The candidate has two more fundraisers in the Sunshine State today, and held several earlier in the week.

"We are pleased with the strong support we have received from Americans across the country who are looking for new leadership in the White House," Romney national finance chairman Spencer Zwick said in a statement.  "Along with the hard work of the Republican National Committee, we will continue to raise the funds necessary to defeat President Obama in November."