(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)
Romney... the guy is more "socialist" economically than the most leftist of dems. He created the state run mandatory Health Care of Mass (or you pay a penalty), and he payed for the program through higher taxes.
Romney, Jindal, Palin... these three governors/former governors are NOT fiscally conservative, and are not practicers of smaller government. They're quite the opposite. Tax & Spend, Tax & Spend. No friends of the middle class.
@Jack in Florida: " There are many differences between Romney and Palin…..the most important one is that Romney is NOT a quitter"
No, he's just a flipflopper. He created mandatory healthcare in MA but now is against it. And a bunch of other things. I mean, if Kerry is a flipflopper at least hold Romney to the same standard.
Republicans will need to find some far better quality candidates than these two if they want to legitimately compete on a national level in 2012. What a lost party they must be to hang a large portion of their hopes on people like this....
@FactCheck July 16th, 2009 11:53 am ET
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.
Well FactCheck, I'm a Christian, if that is what you mean by "bible thumpers". I control my own finances and really don't need or want your suggestions or advice concerning it. Nice try though! P.S. your liberal name calling is NOT a surprise. Now that is a fact you can check!
The Republicans are biding their time until seeing results of the 2010 elections, Obama has been given the rope and he has now hung himself, politically speaking of course. Our economy is probably three times worse than being reported and the GDP basis of measurement is being falsely manipulated as an indicator that is only comparable to a proformas in a real estate deal or more plainly put well in line with Enron accounting techniques. I would truly be amazed that if in 2010 Republicans do not win back enough seats in House and Senate to derail this spending spree and in 2012, well let's just say Good-bye and Good luck Barry, let the investigations begin.
History repeats sounds like Chamberlin
If Obama is such a great leader how come he couldn't fix the corrupt state of illinois and the deal with Russia they help build Iran nuclear plants they continue to get away with war crimes in Chechnya and are trying to create another conflict with Georgia the United States and Russian will bump heads again in the future
liberal democrats you keep drinking the kool aide and you candy bow in front of the great one who has never had a real job in private sector just like dodd, kennedy, reid thank god reid and dodd are probably going to lose reelection, romney has run corporations and the ollympics and palin has been a mayor and governor and has since resigned you liberal women i cannot understand why so much hate for palin the only thing i can figure is that she is a self made woman and good looking and you are jealous of but hey candy i forgot you have botox nancy
Did you see today who's really runnig the country? Goldman Sachs have their people in every branch of the Obama White House. And you worried about Halliburton–chump change! Do the research.
I'm a Democrat but will vote for ANY Republican for President in 2012. I would vote for straight Republican ticket. I don't care who's the candidate for GOP in 2012 for President, that person will automatically get my vote. If Hillary run for 1012, she wouldn't get my vote, I will campaign against her. Good luck to Romney and Palin, you'll have a Democrat voting for you in 2012. God bless.
I dont care about any other topic besides 9/11. If people would take the time and looks into ALL the details and different perspectives, the mass majority would see the real truth and most of America's current issues wouldn't exist. 9/11 was the event that started this all.... if not the Bush presidency takover.
Why isn't anyone willing to speak about 9/11 and how badly it was handled?!?!? There is NOTHING more important...
Just the facts – 90% of the nations debt is being carried forward from previous administrations, 7% can be attributed to the Obama bailout funds, 3% to health care and energy plans. The people who cannot manage and solve BIG problems have been the so-called "experienced" crew.
CNN and its reporters are nothing but gossip reporters. They report gossip and speculation...then create more stories from the gossip and speculation....then back that up with internet research and call it news.
What happened to the glory days of news when news and professional journalists WERE professional, unbiased, factual and REPORTED current, relevant, and need to know information.
Palin/Romney or Romney/Palin for 2012 general election, sounds good to me. I'll vote for them and all Republican candidates running in my state. I will remain a registered Democrat, but will be voting for GOP.
Are you kidding me? the current president is still trying to clean up the mess that his predecessor ; the president of the same party that they belong too had done to this country. And they had ambitions to hold that office. The corrupt and abusive power and the aftermath of Bush and Chenney legacies are still alive. Plus the fact that Palin just demonstrated what kind of leader she could be. Did the republican came up with a new idea to punked the American people? just asking
This isn't viable, 2012? The nation as we know it won't even exists in 2012. Democrats don't get that Republicans feel to unattached to do anything but wait it and hope. As long as Democrats have their dope, their doctors for diarrhea, and un – unified topics for finger pointing they will say lookie lookie!
At least Romney seems to have some semblance of class. Sarah has none whatsoever. They would be a horrifically mismatched pair.
GOP couldn't come up with better candidates than these two? What a joke!
I don't know if we are better off with Plain the drama queen or Romney the former hedge fund fat cat.
Mark July 16th, 2009 12:55 pm ET
Romney and Palin would be a dream ticket. President Romney and Vice President Palin have a nice ring…
YES! And they'll get my vote. I'll remain a registered Democrat but would be voting straight GOP starting 2010.
Oooo! 11,000 doners! Wow! That equals about a shot glass full of water in the ocean! BIG DEAL!
This is what it looks like, folks.
Religious-oriented people hoping to take over the U.S. government. On a certain level, I'm sure that seems reassuring to some Americans, but this is just how so many Middle-Eastern countries got so screwed up. "In the name of Jesus (or Allah)", Palin and Romney are two kooky Christians, and who knows what kind of behavior they might want to mandate. They are both good representatives of all the reasons why we have, and need, seperation of church and state.
Margaret July 16th, 2009 12:52 pm ET
"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.
So, Margaret..........names of reporters?.........name your source(s) please because I would love to hear or read it for myself. If you're going to throw out this type of information why not tell me and others where you found the information. You accuse Palin of something yet you do the exact same thing.
Give them boxing gloves and let them duke it out for the nomination. I betcha Palin wins, wink wink.
Romney and Palin would be a dream ticket. President Romney and Vice President Palin have a nice ring.
YES! I'll remain a registered Democrat but I'd be voting straight GOP starting 2010. If Hillary runs for 2012, I'd campaign against her.
I believe Sarah Palin was attacked relentlessly by the far left because they feared she could have huge support. They have done an excellent job of brain washing people into thinking she's a stupid and dangerous.
I also think the McCain campaign did a terrible job and tried to handle Pailin's exposure and what she was to say.
After she was out from under the campaign many of us found her quite likable and she has good polices.
I'm not sure how it will effect her that she left the governorship however, that does disappoint me.
I'll have to wait to see what candidate run before I decide who to supprt, it's really to early to even consider to be honest.
What I do know those is that I really dislike Obama's stimulus and carz. One is spending money we do not have and the other is breaking the check's and balances of the government.
I hope the country is not is as rough an economic situation in 2012 then it is right now. But if it is, I think it is about time we get someone with proven private sector economic savvy to get in and fix this mess... I really doubt that Romney's religion would dominate his political agenda- it certainly didn't stop gay marriage being approved while he was Massachussetts Governor