(CNN) - Former Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has bested fellow Republican Gov. Sarah Palin in the fundraising race in the first half of the year, a very early indicator of potential strength in the 2012 GOP presidential race.
Romney's Free and Strong America PAC raised $1.6 million in the first six months of this year, according to a statement released by the political action committee Thursday. (updated Thursday: a Romney aide has provided CNN with a total number of donors, both itemized and unitemized, for the first half of the year.)
Romney's take is more than twice the roughly $730,000 raised in the same period by Palin's SarahPAC - but the Alaska governor's political action committee has pulled in an additional $200,000 since she announced July 3 that she would be leaving office by the end of the month. Romney and Palin each received funds from more than 11,000 contributors.
Romney's PAC had roughly $841,000 in cash on hand as of June 30. It said Thursday it had contributed about $36,000 to federal candidates and political action committees and nearly another $27,000 to state candidates.
Romney's PAC contributed $5000 each to South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor, Missouri Rep. Roy Blunt, and to Jim Tedisco, who mounted an unsuccessful bid in New York's 20th Congressional District during a special election earlier this year. The PAC also contributed $1000 each to a group of Republicans who were targeted in a Democratic ad campaign because of their opposition to the $787 stimulus bill passed soon after President Obama took office.
Romney's PAC contributed to four Republicans in Virginia running for state offices, as well as to Chris Christie who is running against New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine in 2010.
The New Hampshire affiliate of Romney's federal PAC also contributed $10,000 to the New Hampshire Republican Party, according to Thursday's statement.
(updated to reflect additional information from the Romney team)
I hate Mitt Romney. I would never consider voting for him.
He put most of his money in the pot.......He's not fooling me......Anyone who is giving in to him is as foolhardy as he.......
All the people that love to strap their dogs on the roofs of their cars will vote for "Mittens"
Yes, the poll are right,because America people can't stand for Obama slogan"change we can believe in )any more,so they are looking for the real leader that will come to save America.even now they can't wait until 2012,is too long, they can't patient for hungry 31/2 more years,Obama never know how America people are starve,and America people never know about Obama"change "because he doesn't want America people to know his goal,thay are wake up now and they need change too,so America begin see their real leader now,that man is Mitt,he will come to save America in 2012 as the poll say it. hope still ahead, but we have to wait America,your dream will come true in 2013,good luck Mitt.
I want Palin! Please let it be Palin! I will vote for her in a Repug primary to ensure an Obama victory! Obama 2012!
What did 65m do for him last election. It was personal money that he burnt...Go away Mit!
phoenix86: sitting here and making fun of the other bloggers does not give you any credubility.....it makes you sound pretty base.
At least we agtree that Romney is better than Palin.......too bad 'Barry' as you say will win by a landslide in 2012 also and you will be here in four years complaining just like now.
he needs to change his name. we just can't have a president mitt. what if newt is the vp? we'd have a mitt and a newt on the same ticket. we'd be the laughing stock of the world.
I wanna know.... who actually thinks Palin is a good candidate for Prez? Who are these people????????????
phoenix86 July 16th, 2009 12:36 pm ET
"We are going to need Romney to fix the Obama trainwreck. 57% income tax rate now going through the congress.
Barry…four and the door."
I notice you always blame it all on Obama. You remember Bush-Cheney don't you? Think hard....I know it hurts. You can do it.
Please CNN, do your job and properly vet ALL candidates this next election! Romney is just another elite career politition that has the ability to change his skin to appease his audience. IMHO, he is another Barack Obama. We need someone with grass roots. Someone that knows what it is to struggle, balance a budget, and who has worked a real job! NO MORE LAWYERS EITHER (those that study constitutional law, do so to learn how to bend, and get around them).
LIBERALS.....LEAVE PALIN ALONE!!! Let her run....quietly donate to the SarahPAC...let the Republicans critisize her intelligence....then on November 4, we can celebrate a landslide victory for Obama!!! Sarah Palin...PLEASE RUN FOR PRESIDENT!!
GOP = Party of Tolerance July 16th, 2009 11:49 am ET
" She knows how to relate to the common working person."
Uh-huh.......You betcha.......OK now.
Romney is someone that can fix the economy...I hope it's not to late by the time he can come in and do something.
When the time comes, if Romney lets palin, the lightweight, non-intelligent, uninformed, see alaska from her house, become the nominee over him, he is a complete wuss.
raise another six million dollars for health care fix....it is for good use....
Mitt screwed Massachusetts so it's only fair he gets to stick it to the rest of the Union. We're REAL glad he's left us.
The GOP is finished. They have nothing left to offer other than fear and racism.
To the first comment...most Russians do laugh at Obama...having lived there, having famiy members who are Russian, I can say this with certitude...btw, if you had watched the 60 minute episode on racism in Moscow you would see why...if you have traveled the world you would know that racism (despite what our media tends to portray) is hardly an American trait...many of the few blacks in Russia are leaving...they have been attacked and beated in public places for 'taking jobs'...but if you wish to keep drinking the kool-aid and maintain your ignorance about the world...that is your right!
Unless Ron Paul is running, Obama will get another 4 years.
The real Sarah Palin will emerge again and show America and the world the woman she really is..a leader, problemsolver mending the country that is so broken...$1.6 million Sarah will raise in one week..she has the support of million upon million of Americans ..Dems and Ind....will flok to her side....just wait and see you hateful pundits...!!