A look at Mitt Romney's $10 million day
July 18th, 2011
07:52 PM ET
3 years ago

A look at Mitt Romney's $10 million day

(CNN)–While Mitt Romney was still in the exploratory phase of his presidential campaign, he held a daylong fund-raiser in Las Vegas on May 16 with 800 participants dialing for dollars. When it was over, his presidential exploratory committee touted the strength of the effort, saying it had "raised $10.25 million in connection with today's call day fund-raiser."

But did he really?

A campaign aide now confirms that $2 million of the amount was actually put into the campaign coffers that day. The exploratory committee received pledges during the event totaling more than $10 million.

Some of the 800 participants who were calling donors that day "continued chasing commitments afterwards," the aide said, adding that in the end all the pledges made at the event were paid. That would mean that the $10.25 million accounts for two-thirds of the $18.4 million his presidential campaign brought in between April and June.

A Republican consultant not affiliated with the campaign told CNN he had been told the campaign had been having some difficulty collecting on some of the pledges.

Donations made by credit cards during the event would have been processed immediately, but if a person mailed a check later to fulfill a pledge, it would have been processed only after it was received.

How much did it cost to put on the mega event at the Las Vegas Convention Center? The finance report the campaign filed with the Federal Election Commission last week shows more than $390,000 was spent by the committee in Las Vegas in May for room rental, equipment rental, technology and audiovisual equipment, although it is not known if all those expenses were directly related to the call-a-thon. That total does not include lodging expenses in the town incurred around the time of the event.

CNN's Robert Yoon contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Fundraising • Mitt Romney
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Voice of Reason

    What a haul! Wow! That'll almost pay for his spine-transplant!

    July 18, 2011 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  2. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    Romney is maxing out on donations from the wealthy, many of whom have reached the legal limit and will have to divert further funds to Rove, Armey and the Koch brothers to fund him through alternative channels. Obama, in the meantime, is back to collecting lots of small donations. More proof that Romney is a corporate owned political prostitute beholden to the corrupt corporatist cult of deregulation, tax cuts for corporations and the filthy rich, and refusing to ask those who own the most wealth in America to make any sacrifices.

    July 18, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  3. Jake

    but he's not a CHRISTIAN!!!!!!

    July 18, 2011 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  4. edog

    Wow! Another GOP with fuzzy numbers. Why the smoke and mirrors. I did a lot of calling for charities in the past and on average, they only collect 70% of the pledges. I just don't trust this guy... he flip flops all the time, and now the real truth comes out about his one day 10 million $ fund raising event.

    Can't trust him!

    July 18, 2011 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I wonder how many of those pledges would be fulfilled or not paid? It would certainly put a damper on the campaign if he couldn't count on that money. Bachmann would be able to come close.

    July 18, 2011 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  6. Romney is a fraud !

    Mitten's is Flip Flopping again ! Why does this not surprise anyone ? The man is a walking and talking contradiction ! He is the only candidate that can debate himself on every issue !

    July 18, 2011 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  7. Ron

    LOL. The flip/flopper is also a fraud!! He got people to send him money by lying about his fund raising. You know, making himself look like the front runner. LOL! Suckers!! If you don't run that bum out of town now, you deserve what you get. LOL. too funny.

    July 18, 2011 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  8. NYC REPUB

    Obama 2012!!!

    July 18, 2011 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  9. dan

    Scrutinize the sitting president too!!

    July 18, 2011 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    a republican that deceives? GASP !!

    July 18, 2011 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  11. poyman

    Wow.... You Lib Journalists really got him this time....

    Unbelievable.... y'all need to get a life.

    July 18, 2011 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  12. Clwyd

    It doesn't matter if he makes 100 times that amount of money. No Americans are going to vote for a man for president who belongs to a religious cult!

    July 18, 2011 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  13. Rand from VA

    I guess Ron Paul still has the record for most amount of money collected in one day among Republicans.

    July 18, 2011 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  14. Mike

    So what's your point, Kevin? Are you saying the Romney campaign lied about raising $10.25 million or do you just not understand the difference between a pledge and a collection?

    July 19, 2011 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  15. DAW

    All this from a man who claims to be able to handle our countries budget better than anyone? whats the difference between 2-3 million and over 10 million. I gues the numbers are so small to him nothing.

    July 19, 2011 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  16. FM

    What can we call this?? It is totally cheating. If you once cheat, you will always cheat forever. Shame on him and his entire campaign. They are good for nothing!

    July 19, 2011 08:36 am at 8:36 am |