(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)
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…
Independent!!! Did you read what you wrote? Classic spin move. Jobless claims have ALWAYS used the calculation of people that applied for unemployment. Yes we have never allowed people to reapply and get count again. So you want to change the way the indicator is collected to hopefully fuel what you THINK might help your argument!! SPIN MOVE.... Just saying.....
I believe there are 11,000 nincompoops out there that would give Palin money. I'm afraid that number will be much higher.
A fool and his money is soon parted.
@donttreadonme July 16th, 2009 12:15 pm ET
Anyone but Obama at this point. I knew he would come into office and strip our military and National defenses.
donttreadonme, please provide some examples to back up your statement. So far, Obama has listen to, and provide the Pentagon with every thing Gates has asked for.
Back up your statement with some facts please.
I would fully support a run from Mitt for best car salesman of the century....sorry if I've offended any car sales men.
Anyone that can make both Karl Rove and the smug Left crap their pants, is A-O-Kay in my book.
Palin will be just the ticket to break the strong hold of our media controlled electoral process, made very easy on their part, by the petty divisions in our two party system.
Issues are hardly ever considered anymore, party affiliation alone, is enough for 90% of the Americans.
That is how we end up with Bush, and Obama as presidents.
How worse will or could Palin be than Obama.
Obama talks like he knows what hes doing while he does nothing.
Palin talks like she doesn't know anything, and will probably accomplish nothing.
One thing for sure though, she wont have CNN touting every intention she utters as "An Accomplishment".
who cares whats appropriate for SARAH PALIN? shes not royalty! what is wrong with you people. you would definetely be on BRITAINS side during the revolution telling liberals to RESPECT THE CROWN. im not calling her governer or former governor im calling her a JOKE!
donttreadonme July 16th, 2009 12:15 pm ET
Anyone but Obama at this point. I knew he would come into office and strip our military and National defenses
how has he done this, by closing gitmo? you believe anything faux news or rush tells you don't you
Dave the truth "seller" calling libs, monkeys. This kind of racist remark is why you hillbillies didn't win the election.
Please don't stop. Lol...
Obviously American "democracy" is for sale.
Obama can't lead either hes from the corrupt state of Illinois and did nothing about it to clean it up
Kay Bailey Hutchison raised 6.7 million in 6 months. Given that fact I would say that Mitts 1.6 isn't even worth reporting never-mind the small amount that Palin raised not even 3/4 of a million.
Dave, the truth teller – we had rather be called Lib monkeys as you so ignorantly call us than lush limpaugh zombies which is exactly what you sound like. Face it, NO ONE, not even the clueless pathological liar could do worse and wreck our country more than bush and cheyney did these last 8 years. And why all the bitter name calling? All you hateful conservs can do is insult and hate, how sad. SIgned a Proud Liberal Democrat.
Soccer Mom from N.C;
"According to Palin's income tax returns, the house was assessed at more than half a million dollars — $552,000 to be exact. "
I dunno how many average people have a $550K house. I'd guess the 550K is about 350K over what any median home price would be. Add to that the average floor workers house would be $150K or less.
Right now, Republicans do not have anybody who can match Obama's intellect, charm, and oratory skills. Bobby Jindal was supposed to be that person but he melted away. Any Republican, however good he or she is, has to break away from religious right wing of the party to be able to appeal to the independant voters. We do not see that happening and therefore it does not matter who they put up in 2012, Obama will beat them all.
Gee, Romney can put his finger in the air to see which way the political winds/funds blow (again). Flip-flop pending...
These PAC organizations on either side have become another corrupt way to funnel money to buy interests in politics. The practice should be outlawed.
Gov. Palin raises over 700,000 stuck up in Alaska. She didn't even campaign or do any fund raisers across the lower 48.
It will be interesting to see what Gov. Palin has in store for the lower 48.
I don't think she plans on running for POTUS.
I see her more going after Obama and his plans to turn our great country into a nanny state.
Dave, the truth teller July 16th, 2009 12:40 pm ET
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.
I'm a liberal who defends this country for a living, a liberal who sacrifices his life, time with his family yo defend your freedom to call peolpe monkeys, your comment makes me sickand only shows how much of a hypocrite you are, complaining about bashing peole when all you're doing is bashing liberals.
Well, you people know who runs the country. It's the people who give to the politicans. Don't you understand that? Money talks and it speaks loud and clear.
If only we could create the alternate universe where the GOP got its way, perhaps the party members could see what a folly their philosophy is... oh yeah... we did that for 6 of the 8 Bush years.
I guess learning is out of the question then.
"Alaska is paying millions of dollars on stupid ethic issues
constantly being brought against Palin."
Reporters have done the research and discovered that the total is actually more in the low $100,000s. And in fact, one of those stupid ethics complaints was actually brought by Palin herself to the tune of $118,000. Palin throws around facts and figures that are often shown to be incorrect. This is yet another of those times.
Maybe instead of letting someone who has NEVER run a company before running this country we allow someone who has tremendous experience in reviving failing businesses... I trust Romney when it comes to taxes and spending and not a community organizer who is in WAY over his head with TRILLIONS of dollars of debt accumulating. Government this and government that will never be the answer to our problems! Being a twenty something I'm slowly realizing I'll never see my social security contributions but now I fear what my money will be worth in a few years once inflation rears its ugly head. GO OBAMA!
He will never be President.
Jim @ July 16th, 2009 12:04 pm ET
LOL, that's pretty funny! Now go and get spoon fed by your bias media and do as the master says. You're a good follower.
Amazing that the Party of NO continues to offer the same ole thing-
I'll vote for Romney in 2012. I'll vote in the Republican primary. Anything to keep Palin from becoming the Republican nominee.