(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)
All this is just a distraction from the disaster we have in our economy now. We can't take much more of Obama's horrendous policies – unemployment and the debt are skyrocketing. He said the stimulus would create 4 million jobs and there are now 2.6 million fewer Americans working since he took office. We got change that is for sure but not anything I voted for.
Romney is more qualified than Palin obviously but he's just another George Bush. Furthermore, he was at one time one of these hot shot wall street bankers who helped put us into this disasterous economic situation.
How about a Palin/Joe-the-plumber ticket? Idiocy combined with blind, intentional ignorance may be a winning combo for the GOP. Have you ever see the movie 'Idiocracy'? A Palin presidency starts to make that movie seem like reality.
If Hussein keeps it up he'll be out in four. I can only hope so at this point. I'm still amazed at how he got elected. Absolutely no experience, and it's showing.
I love the way the Iranians thumb their noses at him. And, of course, there's Russia laughing at him behind his back after the cold shoulder. The old boy keeps going out there hat in hand begging to be liked and losing every attempt. Don't you just love to see the leader of the free world begging for friends. He's like the high school kid nobody liked.
Either of these two is capable of beating BO if the guy keeps behaving like a dictator.
"Seeennnd me your money..." – SST Get your high U.S. government office right here...step right up...it'll only cost you...$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
What a banana republic we have become.
They can raise billions if they want to. Unless they change their rhetoric and their divisiveness, hate and racism, it will mean absolutely nothing. Except that alot of individuals have made them very rich. How sad.
Perhaps Romney can run as Sarah's VP........
Romney is such an awe inspiring campaigner I am shaking in my boots. Wasn't he the one who said his kid's weren't obligated to serve in Iraq, a war he supported down the line, because they were serving their country by serving in his campaign? What a piece of work.
Wow, the suspense to find out who Obama will wallop in 2012 is killing me! It's a tight race for second place! Who will grab the GOP's nomination: the dog-torturing goof, or the flat-earther babblehead? It's narcissist vs. narcissist in a fight to see who loses to Obama!
Suzi, help me understand your point. Yes, per the Tax Foundation, the top 1% make 22% of the adjusted gross income, but they pay 40% of the total federal income taxes. Also, the top 25% make 68% of the income and pay 86% of the taxes and the top 50% of taxpayers pay 97% of the taxes. So, the more "rich" people make, the more the government gets. Yes, we should all work together and the government should help where appropriate, but the government can only provide help with money we give them except when they borrow from the future. Any way, we all need to do our best and not make it sound like all Republicans are hard-hearted devils and all Democrats are loving saints. I think we are both get up each day and try to make a living.
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.
Well said, Annie in Atlanta. I certainly don't want a "regular" guy or gal in the white house; that job is reserved for extraordinary individuals! So anyone that likes Sarah Palinb because she is "just like ordinary people", you need to re-think waht you are saying, could a regular person deal with being President? Quitter Palin can't even complete one term as Governor, no way is she cut out in any way, shape or form to ever be President! What a total joke she is to even think of trying for the highest job in the land! It is laughable! Where is SNL?
@Middleof theRoad..."She WILL self-destruct"....You mean she hasn't already? Only the true nut jobs still cling to her as an example of a good Republican. I for one hope she stays in and gets the nomination just so I can see her crash and burn in the election...if she doesn't quit before Election day
Dear: "Educate yourselves before you open your mouth and just let the words fall out",
No, he meant people like you who don't think for yourselves.
The end result of all of the contributions to either Romney's PAC or Palin's PAC will be the combined dollars when the Republican ticket is comprised of Romney for President and Palin as the Vice President. The RNC will never let these two battle each other for the nomination as that will split their party. The "base" supporting Palin against the evil "elite" and the slightly higher brow mainstream GOP supporting Romney. The Romney camp will see that it will be necessary to include Palin on the ticket as her popularity (her naive approach to national politics non-withstanding) will not decrease. At least not until she slips up and is caught on a live mic somewhere admitting that she has nothing but disdain for her supporters. She looks at them like a car salesman looks at car buyers. Tell them what they need / want to hear and smile all the way to the bank.
Romney can never win because the Evangelicals simply hate Mormons. Sarah can never win because she only has support from a very narrow base of nitwits. I wonder who the dark horse savior of the Republican party will be?
I laugh at the Lib monkeys calling anybody who does not worship Obama, or the other Dem stooges, names such as "white trash", "haters", "undereducated", etc. Lib monkeys like to think of themselves as elite, educated, monkeys. The problem is that once they leave mommy and daddy's cage or their own government-funded cage, they are lost little monkeys. That's why they need government to hold their little monkey hands at the expense of those who work hard for their money. Lib monkeys are soooo predictable.
All these dems complaining about Mitt. Wait till obama hires a cheese czar to control the distribution of your goverment cheese. People are so blind wait till that 10 percent lands on your lap.
...Great, this is all I need, to read a story about two LOSERS!!!
Politics are cyclical. People can spout off that the GOP is going away and no one is going to vote for them. it will not work out that way. Those in power always make missteps and the other party comes back in. And it all depends who, Kissinger, Murdoch, Soros, Rockefeller, etc wants in.
As we witnessed in 2008 .......The person who spends the most money wins the nomination.........Oh wait, that didn't happen for Mitt Romney In addition to whatever he raises, I hope he wastes another $45 million of his own fortune in another losing bid....
Any Republican Scientologists ready to run???
And when will we hear about his affair?? I'm from MI and he's not at all like his father. I don't care what kind of money he raises or any other Rethug for that matter...they will all fall short for the next 30 years.. I want to go to my grave knowing the Dems kicked their butts big time!!
Romney or Palin? Its the same thing: pretty face and empty suit. Not and idea (or a clue) between them
Have you seen what mormons believe? Makes Sarah look like a moderate; even with the voodoo guy and all.
These two clowns together couldn't pull 40 % in ageneral election
GOP is circling the drain
Independent in Virginia July 16th, 2009 12:09 pm ET
Jefe July 16th, 2009 12:03 pm ET
Now that new jobless claims have hit a 6-month low, will Rushpublicans continue to claim that the stimulus is not working at all?
Keep drinking the Kool-Aid that's being served Jefe. May jobless claims are down because after 6 months, you can't collect unemployment anymore? If you could reapply, that number would be thru the roof. Just saying…
actually people can collect unemplyment for up to 12 months, get your facts right, nice try though