(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 wonder if the people contributing to Palin realize it's to pay her mounting legal fees. Keep on giving it up, folks.
To Soccer mom in NC – Sarah Palin may be just like you and me, but I don't think we want to see either of us running this country. Just saying.
Are you all talking about quitter Palin here? She has quit every job that she had and five colleges to boot. But then these are the same people who voted for loser Bush who ruined every company his father bought him and then he stole the presidency and ran America into the ground. I hope that all working people realize that the republicans are not for them and they lose big time if they vote for them.
Palin with all her down to earth ideas plus the fact that she has managed a state as well as family would be the logical choice for the 2012 presidential elections. With her popularity and grassroots following ,it would be wise for the Repubs to pick her if they want the White house back.
Seems like a complete waste of money to contribute to either one.
GOP = Party of Tolerance July 16th, 2009 11:49 am ET
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.
Thank's for the laugh of the day, your post was truly comical.
That is/was easy. He has millions of his own. Plus lots of rich friends.
But Sarah is still the richest by far. When you don't have much money, and you stll have the pull. You must have something special.......
If either of these two come even close to winning office, we are truly in trouble.
Dutch et al; Obama is done, he is a one hit wonder. The economy will have taken the political winds from his sails as Americans realize they have been duped once again by the corruption in DC. America is waking up to the reality of a far left liberal agenda, and guess what? They don't like it! Where is that darn passport anyway?
I truly hope Sarah raises a TON of cash, enough to buy herself onto the ticket as top billing for the 2012 run. I encourage ALL of her supporters to donate until they can't donate anymore. I encourage my fellow democrats to donate to her as well. I encourage my fellow democrats to vote for her in the primaries.
Becacuse with her as the competition, Democrats are guaranteed to win in 2012.
But alas, she'll probably start running, and then just up and quit in May of 2011. Because that's all she is, a quitter.
Does this come from the sale of his ski lodge?
The GOP needs a clear cut, detailed plan on every issue. I think these people are just throwing their money away supporting Romney and Palin neither of whom stand a change against President Obama's mammoth political machine. The GOP has fooled itself into thinking that Obama has "peaked" as far as his support from the American people. However, Obama hasn't turned on his political campaign machine yet. When he does he will blow away the GOP nominee.
To "Jim"....Do you also teach your 12 year old to name call anyone that disagrees with her? That is what you are doing....You're a great parent......While I'm on the subject.....You are your daughter's most influential role model.....NOT Sarah Palin or anybody else for that matter....On a positive note....you are right to try to stop her from quitting the soccer team.....
Palin only stayed in Alaska long enough to fulfill her obligations to her oil buddies. Now she thinks she can do it on a national level. We need to be moving towards green technology. She will NEVER see a vote from me or anybody I know.
Why not Palin for Prez and Romney for VP. Oh yea, the republican party would NEVER support a woman for Prez. Still a bunch of good ole boys.
Palin or Romney for president? What a joke. I seriously question the intelligence of those who support either. Lets see, do we want whackjob #1 or whackjob #2. The first one is a completely unproven quitter with a journalism degree, the second a mormon who thinks we need to go back to the Reagan 80s. Sorry, but McCain is much more of a middle of the road guy, and he lost. If people want a true conservative, why don't they line up with Ron Paul? The guy has principles, an old school conservative that knows what's right for the country. But Republicans want an American Idol candidate that will cater to their cookie cutter material world, so I guess they'll have to wait til 2016 for another shot.
xavier July 16th, 2009 12:19 pm ET
You accuse Obama supporters of drinking the koolaid? Hell , you Palin supporters are sucking on an empty bottle.
Ok, I don't care who you are...but that's just plain funny! (and true)
Soccer Mom from N.C. July 16th, 2009 12:08 pm ET
We need someone who can speak for the common folks! Palin is practical like how I would run my own household.-------–
The unfortunate thing about Palin is that the liberal dems and their media machine were able to type cast here as an extremist and unintelligent person.
It will take alot to reverse thoes sterotypes.
Asher July 16th, 2009 11:54 am ET
Good keep raising that money. Anything is better than the Campaigner & Chief we have now – classic CNN. Truer words were never spoken.
will you still spout the same if and when The obama administration turns this crisis around. Many talk about the Obama admnistrations failed stimulas package,., but what about the stimulas package that goerge bush signed off on for a bunch of crooks. Bailing out wall street? Many of you that pout and spew hate on Obama are inly contributing to the problem as you offer no real solutions to the problems we face. In short Obama isn't the problem or if John McCain had won he wouldn't have been the problem you would be the problem here putting down the president yet you offer no sulutions or policies yourself.
HES A MORMON! do we need to do anymore research to realize the man LACKS common sense?! has anybody read up on how mormonism was created and what these people believe?
Of course. Thats what happens when private rich company's donate to Republicans who will cater to them so they can continue to rob people blind.
Talk about not knowing where they are going or how to get there.
That is all the Obama nuts.
I don't know why she'd even bother to run. Romney is running because he's so self centered he thinks he can buy the election. I don't like him, never have, he's arrogant. He is NOT a leader, he's a very fine example of a rich man who wants to say that he was president. I'll vote for anyone but him. He is recycled trash, we didn't like him last time, we don't like him this time.
How stupid can Palin be, the only reason Huckabee asked her to say the course with the rebulicans is because they want her to run against them in their primary........then they can put her down as the Quitter and unquailified person that she is........they won't do it now because of the heat they will take from Limbaugh but come the primary they will shoot her down like no Liberal Democrat can........remember the primary's how they all run each other down on their policies, their remarks, their actions.......they will have a hay day with Palin........
What the heck is rasing money for? She quit her job as Governor, there is no way she will ever hold anohter public office again, let alone President of the US. After 8 years of W, the country realizes it takes a smart person to be President, not just a figurhead, as we are facing real problems in this country. And Sarah when I say "real" problems, I don't mean problems with the media or ex-son-in-laws-to-be, but real ones like health care, the economy, and two wars, things you simply do not know anything about!
The answer of number of donators lies in ideology. Sarah is part of the John Birch Society and as such can Only aid the society in its fascist objective. This is a society of long standing, since 1958-59.