(CNN) - GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain told a crowd in Tennessee Friday night his campaign brought in $2.8 million between July and September, his campaign confirmed to CNN.
Cain also said the campaign has $1 million of cash on hand for the third fund-raising quarter.
"You see I run this very tight, like a start-up business because that's my nature as a businessman," Cain told CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront" on Thursday. Cain said there would be no debt reported for the period.
In a release, Cain's finance chief heralded the numbers.
“We have had a very successful quarter," Mark Block, COO for Friends of Herman Cain, Inc., said. "Mr. Cain’s message is spreading and attracting supporters all across the country."
The campaign numbers for Cain, who has risen in the polls in the last few weeks, are being closely watched as a gauge of whether the upstart candidate can sustain his recent momentum and mount a serious fight for the nomination.
While Cain’s spokesman, J.D. Gordon, Friday night told CNN Cain had not loaned his campaign any of his own money, that was not correct. The filing with the Federal Election Commission showed the candidate had given a loan of $175,000 to the campaign. On Sunday Gordon told CNN said it was “a misunderstanding.”
In the second quarter, from April through June, Cain raised about $2 million from donors and separately loaned his campaign $500,000.
Cain’s campaign also said it has raised $2 million this month due to his rise in popularity.
Cain says a lot of things – most of what he says is totally disjointed from reality.
Cain & Palin 2012 ! Lets take our country back !!!!!
For the first time ever I will be donating money to a political campaign. Mr. Cain is a self made man, he is the very essence of the American dream.
Unlike Obama who has always been a public sector tecker, Cain has done it for real.
Herman Cain is just a distraction in this race and has no chance of becoming the GOP nominee for Preisdent of the U.S. His plan of 9-9-9 sounds simple and it is. What are the real details of this plan. The attacks have just begun.