(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)
Hmmmm – more than Sarah? Surprise surprise. Thought they were tied for the top job.
Romney has a way better chance of winning the republican nomination than Palin ever will. Although I want Palin to get it. That's a sure victory in 2012 for the President.
CNN, don't you mean EX-Gov. Palin? After all, she did quit
$1.6 million? Meh. That's barely enough for Romney to keep up the incredible maintenance on his hair: cut, coif, product, and hair plugs.
I am still amazed at huge crowds Palin can draw as well as the large number of donors. Palin hasn't even started active fundraising yet. Although she will always be underestimated by the elite, there is no doubt that Palin is not only an attractive candidate who aroused the interest of an adoring public in 2008, but that she is the undisputed frontrunner for 2010. She knows how to relate to the common working person.
I just can't get on board with Romney. He's said too many things that make me think he's all about power and party rather than trying to do good for the country.
Palin's pulled in $200,000 since quitting the job people elected her to do? Huh. I wouldn't give a dime to someone who did that.
I think the combination of Romney for President and Palin for VP would be a good one. Both have common sense. That's something that is lacking in most politicians these days.
Our government is working for everyone but the people; they are in election mode 100% of the time, accepting money, gifts and favors from the lobbyists, Wall Street, banks, global Corporations, PACs, auto industry and unions. The last thing on their mind is “We the People”.
Please all you GOPers, wing-nuts, ditto-heads and Bible thumpers, donate to Palin's PAC. Romney may actually have an outside shot, which is why we need to encourage much more Palin support.
Good keep raising that money. Anything is better than the Campaigner & Chief we have now – classic CNN. Truer words were never spoken.
All the money in the world wont save them.If your idea's are not near the center ,the people will not elect you.Minorities and independents are the largest groups.
I have a distinct feeling Mitt is the primary donor to his PAC but good job on him for sharing his haul. I gave quiet a share to Sarah's PAC and Defense Fund myself.
Ole chiselhead is my hero.I just love the magic bvds with the strings.
this is the best the Republicans have? Obama will get reelected no problem.
Palin has more of a white trash following. so i imagine she would have more donors sending in their wooden nickels or 10$ donation.
Romney only needs the money doesn't matter how many people donate.
Rush Palin 2012
Palin in ANY political capacity - Prez or VP - would sink the election hands down. What a horrible idea? John Edwards would have a better chance running!!
I like them both. Keep the money coming.
Now that new jobless claims have hit a 6-month low, will Rushpublicans continue to claim that the stimulus is not working at all? I know they're programmed to believe that the moment a plan is put into action, its effects are supposed to be complete, but...is it possible that some of them will start paying attention to Earth-reality?
That being said, I believe Romney is the only viable contender the Republicans have brought out so far. Sarah Palin is a joke, and would only be voted for by the fringe, anti-Constitution nutcases. Huckabee seems like a nice guy, but he's a little too extremist for most Americans (and all Catholics, of which our nation has a large population). Mitt Romney may have his Mormon faith working against him, however, he doesn't try to push his beliefs on others the way some Southern Neocons do, so I think that effect is diminishing. He's also considered to have strong economic policy.
To be honest, I want to see 2 terms for Barack Obama, then see Mitt Romney as the next president. We will need a smooth hand with the economy for some time to fix what was broken. First the stimulus and recovery, then the reworking and rebuilding of the coffers. To that second part, I feel Romney is the right guy for the job.
1.6 million, now the MESSIAH will be over to take your money and give it to the leaches in society.
Anyone who thinks Palin has a chance is just plain dumb like her. Talk about American values – I never knew quitting was one of them.
My 12 year old daughter came home from soccer practice claiming she is quitting. I tried to tell her to stay with it – know what she claimed if the governor of Alaska can do it why can I.
Why do you dumb people reward Palin for anti-american views and values, see what she is teaching our kids? God knows she did a crap job raising her own.
Yes, nothing says a politician is a crook like having their own PAC. Sure beats having to follow election laws.
NEVER vote for a politician raising money this way!!!
Go Sarah! You don't need to know how to read or speak to be a US Leader!
Come on you Republicans, give to Sarah! Keep her in there! I can't wait for the first Republican debate! Mittens will make moose stew of her! If she gets the nomination the debate between President Obama and Sarah will be like a skit off of comedy central!
lynn in NM July 16th, 2009 11:50 am ET
I think the combination of Romney for President and Palin for VP would be a good one.
Like where you're going there, but for different reasons. Palin for VP just to bring in votes, and Romney for President because, like I've pushed for since 2007, he actually knows a thing or two about economics. The only reason he didn't get the nomination was because of Huckabee, who I hope stays out of it the next go around.
IF things continue the way they're going and the government forsees the U.S. going the next few years, not voting for Romney would show just how clueless some voters truely are.