(CNN) - GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney pulled in $14.16 million in the third quarter, his campaign reported Friday.
The July through September haul brings to more than $32 million the amount of campaign cash raised by the former Massachusetts governor, who's making his second bid for the White House.
The campaign also reports that it has just over $14 million cash on hand, and that nearly 56,000 contributors donated in the third quarter.
"We are proud of the $32 million we have raised for the campaign so far. This is just the start of the effort to help fuel Mitt Romney's message that will defeat President Obama next November," said Romney for President National Finance Chairman Spencer Zwick, in a statement.
Earlier this month a source close to the Romney campaign indicated the former Massachusetts governor would raise between $11 to $13 million in the third quarter. Romney is currently the front-runner in the national polls and many state surveys in the battle for the GOP nomination.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry brought in $17 million in the last seven weeks of the third quarter, after he jumped into the race on August 13. Perry's campaign reported having around $15 million in the bank. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who's making his third run for the presidency, brought in around $8 million in the third quarter.
Herman Cain said Thursday in an interview with CNN's Erin Burnett that his campaign has hundreds of thousands of dollars cash on hand, and that "for the quarter, we will report, first of all, no debt."
The businessman, former Godfather's Pizza CEO and radio talk show host has been surging in national and state polling the past two weeks.
President Barack Obama's re-election campaign Thursday reported raising $42.8 million in the period running from July through the end of September. Overall, the campaign announced it and the Democratic National Committee brought in more than $70 million in the third quarter of fundraising. The Obama campaign and the DNC raised a record breaking $86 million in the last fundraising quarter that ended in June.
Candidates have until the end of Saturday to file their third quarter figures with the Federal Election Commission.
Donating to himself, again?
Mittsy says he is proud of the money he raised. I am sure the money is also appreciative of Mittsy. Money and corporations are people.
Ooooooh, a whole 3rd or what Obama managed. Fancy.
Romney has had nothing else to do for the last five years so he should be the top Republican fundraiser and he equates people to corporations so with all of the tax gifts Republicans give corporations at the tax payers expense, he should have raised over 100 million by now.
These numbers are meaningless as long as you can have PACs with anonymous donors who can make unlimited donations.
Romney , five sons , ten year war , no military service !
Class warfare !
The "swift boat" boys will start sending their money to Romney once they're certain he's the choice. The right-wing dominated Supreme Court's gift to the GOP will come into play here, where unlimited funds can be used by lobbyists to buy their candidates. I laugh when I hear conservatives talk about the "liberal courts".
all that Romney's big cash raising proves is that Mormons have a lot of money and take care of their own. This is, by the way, an official Mormon church policy that is propogated to all Mormons as part of their religion and theology: to give your money and your business only to other Mormons. I know because my brother converted to Mormonism specifically so that he could grow his business and he did, getting all the Mormons in his church to become his clients. It goes with their theology and organizational goal to achieve "dominion" financially, economically and socially over all non-Mormons. Check it out for yourself. This is what Romney will strive for if elected.
I think I may have figured out why Romney can't get any traction. He doesn't seem real. He does ok with debates, when he's dealing with his peers (of sorts), but when he's out on the campaign trail speaking with regular folks, he comes off as uncomfortable in his own skin. It's off-putting. He also gives the impression he thinks he's deserving of the Presidency, as though it is owed to him, which is also off-putting. Now I'm completely disregarding religion here, because I do, but that could be a factor too. With sects of poligamists sprinkled throughout this country, and the negative impact they make when the light shines on them, I guess that could be a factor, too. Though I'm not including it in my own personal analysis.