July 15th, 2010
09:42 AM ET
4 years ago

Romney outraises potential 2012 rivals

 All told, Romney has collected $3.4 million since the beginning of the year.
All told, Romney has collected $3.4 million since the beginning of the year.

Washington (CNN) - Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney raised $1.8 million during the second fundraising quarter of this year, far outpacing the other Republicans he may face in the next presidential race.

Romney has also devoted considerable money to building an extensive national political network, doling out more than $400,000 since January to various 2010 candidates through his Free and Strong America political action committee and its state-level affiliates.

All told, Romney has collected $3.4 million since the beginning of the year - more than double the roughly $1.3 million that each of his next closest rivals in the money chase, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, raised during the same period.

With less than four months until the midterm elections, Romney has nearly $2.2 million left in the bank, giving him the financial muscle necessary to be a power player in Republican politics as November nears.

In the second quarter, Palin raised $865,000, according to a report filed with the Federal Election Commission. She spent $87,500 contributing to Republican candidates and has roughly $1 million on hand.

Pawlenty is not far behind: An aide to the Minnesota governor told CNN that the Minnesota governor took in $724,000 in the second quarter and has almost $940,000 in the bank. He contributed $84,000 to GOP candidates since April.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee maintained a steady if underwhelming fundraising pace, taking in about $258,000 between April and June.

Huckabee has raised just $531,000 since January but has been generous with his funds, handing out nearly $92,000 to midterm candidates – with a focus on Republicans in the key primary states of Iowa and South Carolina.

Quarterly financial reports were not yet available for the PACs of Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, Indiana Rep. Mike Pence and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, three other Republicans mulling a possible White House bid.


Filed under: 2012 • Mike Huckabee • Mitt Romney • Sarah Palin • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Hugo

    This is too rich, let's replace a Moron with a Mormon! Just kidding, I don't really think Barry is a moron... Just a misguided Progressive liberal, it is an emotional disorder that must be overcome with a huge dose of reality easily obtained down here at the unemployed street level. The only race card left to play now, is the one for the race to the polls in November to clean house!

    July 15, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    So.......does this media coverage of how much money a candidate or political party raises.......indicate to the citizens, the truth........that politicians cannot get elected unless they buy the election........either with money for favors, or money for advertising????????

    Says a lot about how valid our so-called democracy, really is.......now doesn't it?

    July 15, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  3. Dave Harris

    Romney is a relic of an era, say two years ago, when Republicans could be reasonable without being shouted down by their followers. He was the architect of Massachusetts' government health care system, without being called a 'socialist' at the time. What chance does he have now? Maybe he could claim to be a 'birther'.

    July 15, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  4. Dont forget to thank a Globalist if you dont have a job.

    Deep pockets and a pretty face doesnt mean he can even come close to winning.hahaha

    July 15, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  5. American Patriot - a "real" tea partier

    Romney again? Doesn't he know how to take a hint?

    July 15, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  6. Bertina

    CNN again only allowing certain things to be commented on. Anything to do with Palin or CNN's purse strings held by the Tea party.

    July 15, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  7. Terry - Indiana

    Sorry, this is not first choice for POTUS.

    July 15, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  8. Mesa Mick

    PT Barnum once said there’s a sucker born every minute –
    But what he was keeping a secret was you can find most all of them in a church somewhere.

    And leave it to the rethugliCANT political grifters to fleece money out of the "I'll believe anything" religious folks. The GOP has been doin' it for years and those politically active religious chumps keep givin' money and never get anything to show for it. Well, maybe they get a breakfast prayer meeting at the WH and a lot of lip service but that's about it.

    After all, it's easy to get money from these morally superior, self-rightous types when you promise to enforce their narrow-minded ideas on "family values", no gay marriage, tax cuts for the rich and that you're gonna replace the Constitution with their version of the bible...

    July 15, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  9. Four and The Door

    Mitt Romney has something more important than the money and that is his capability as one of very few people able to run this country regardless of what situation is handed to him. He is brilliant with economics, foreign policy and public management. We are fortunate he is also very popular and interested in taking on this difficult job.

    July 15, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  10. jules sand-perkins

    Good for Romney!
    He may turn out to be the one for 2012.

    July 15, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  11. which dog has the most fleas

    outpacing the other Republicans?

    his next closest rivals in the money chase, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin

    Lord help us... this is what the other party has to offer

    please dems do not mess this up... the alternative is unthinkable

    July 15, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  12. proud dem in nc

    Romney, Palin, Pawlenty Gingrich!! If this group of zeros is all the GOP can muster up for a run at the nomination Obama is a shoe in. Obama 2012

    July 15, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  13. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Sorry, folks. Mitt Romney has all the sincerity of a Norfolk, VA used-car salesman on Navy Payday! He presents a nice slick package that changes his message depending on who he is talking to (kind of like Ed Muskie back in '72). While I do not agree with his politics, I feel Mike Huckabee presents a more sincere, legitimate candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination.

    July 15, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  14. Ben in Texas

    I had thought there would never be a black president in my lifetime, and I was wrong about that. But I'm even more doubtful that there will be a Mormon president, ever.

    The only appeal Romney has is to the right wing, and many of them would never vote for a person whose religion they see as pagan. I grew up surrounded by Southern Baptists, so I know a little about this subject. I don't care how much money he raises, until he gets "born again", his national political aspirations are whimsical.

    July 15, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  15. Go Romney!!!

    Awesome.

    Romney would have been the perfect fit to fix the economy in 2008. Hopefully, Obama won't perminently screw things up before we can vote in someone with real experience... that doesn't put his personal agenda ahead of the countries welfare.

    Romney in 2012!!!

    July 15, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  16. chuck T

    Palin is the choice, give it up Ramney.

    July 15, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  17. Adalbert

    Romney is just we need. He really understands what the needs of the working class are. After all, he is a rich guy living high on hug.

    July 15, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  18. Debbie

    Romney can raise all the money he wants but I can never vote for him as he is a Mormon. It is an organized religion that decieves. They claim they are Christians but in fact they have violated Christs word. You can say you are a Christian or a Christian religion but that does not mean it is true. It is not that I would only vote for a Christian but I don't vote for liers or decievers. That's people and religions they have committed to. Romney is a deciever.

    July 15, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  19. MONUMENTAL TRUTH!

    No matter what he raises he can not beat Palin. She will be President in 2012.

    July 15, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  20. Cody

    Not a chance Mitt, unless you can use that money to buy a heart.

    July 15, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  21. Tom, Vermilion, Ohio

    I can't see any of the above mentioned being a better President than President Obama. All too conservative. Too right-wing nutty. Too many skeletons in closets. These folks are all too deep in the pockets of big-business and special interests.

    July 15, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  22. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    Sorry Mitt but if you run for president you will not get my vote. I want my freedom back, I want my taxes lowered. We have had it with this neo conservative policies. We know what these policies did during the Bush years.You want big government just as bad as the liberal democrats we have now.

    July 15, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  23. carlos

    God forbid this other idiot become anything close to being a trash collector......sick repugnants

    July 15, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  24. Chipster

    What horrible choices these are! Tim (kick 'em out of the ER) Pawlenty, Sarah the Quitter who doesn't know what the Bush doctrine is, and Mitt Romney who doesn't support his own healthcare plan. God help us! Are these really the best the GOP has to offer?

    July 15, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  25. Wil in the VA.

    A fool and his money are soon parted

    July 15, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
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