Beverly Hills, California (CNN) - The Newt Gingrich campaign said Thursday the candidate's latest trip to California likely helped the team reach a self-imposed fundraising goal.
"Our goal is to raise $2 million out of California since the start of the campaign. I believe we're going to exceed that goal after this trip," said Gingrich's California Finance Chairman Eric Beach, who joined the campaign in December.
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Beach was with Gingrich at La Gondola Restaurant in Beverly Hills where the candidate spoke at a luncheon with about 50 Jewish Republicans Thursday.
The campaign did not reveal how much they raised from this week's California fundraising blitz, but since last May, officials said Golden State residents have donated as much as $2 million to the former House speaker.
Presidential campaigns are not required to report the latest fundraising figures until the first quarter filing deadline on April 15. Until then, reporters must rely on anecdotal information from the campaigns.
According to Federal Election Commission financial reports, the Gingrich campaign raised $660,732 in California last year.
Based on the campaign's FEC report and information provided by Beach, Team Gingrich has received at least $1 million in donations from Californians since January 1.
There have been nine early nominating contests since then, including Gingrich's South Carolina victory on January 21 that resulted in a nationwide fundraising boom for the campaign.
Gingrich's four-day visit to California included a handful of campaign events, but the visit was primed for eight closed press fundraisers in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas, as well as San Diego and the Central Valley.
His state political director Michael Schroeder noted California's fundraising reputation.
"Historically we've been the ATM for the rest of the nation," said Schroeder, who worked for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney when he ran for president in 2008.
If there's a drawn-out nomination fight California's June 5 primary, the state could become a critical win for Republican candidates hoping to capture the 172 delegates, a large majority of which are distributed proportionally.
After speaking at an event geared toward the Asian American community in Los Angeles, Gingrich repeated a metaphor for the state of the race.
"It resembles riding Space Mountain at Disney. I've been the frontrunner twice. I suspect I'll be the frontrunner again in a few weeks," he said.
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After listening to Santorum, I think Newt is the better candidate.
I think Newt can climb back into this thing if he would just hit his opponents a little harder. He needs to find some brutally damaging information on Romney and Santorum, and release it in a way that totally destroys their campaigns.
Maybe Santo and the GOP should rush to repeal the 19th Amendment before November.
I wonder if the campaign would be drawn out that far to go into June. I hope so because that would mean that NJ would have a say in it. It has been a long time since NJ mattered in the presidential nomination process.
►Gingrich's California fundraising push◄
Shouldn't he be exiting and the door hitting his TUSH?
The media has lost interest but yet the Grinch is refusing
To step out of the race – “Dang Newt, you’re no longer amusing!!”
Interesting how Repubs talk about the heart of America and praise the little podunk towns, then turn right around and gather money from elites in big cities.
Guess he needs more money for Callista's "revolving acccount" at Tiffany's.
good people....why dont we run Bernie Madoff for President? why continue the charade that whether Dem or Republican they are looking out for Us? get real! Madoff knows how to Con us and will spend us into stone age before Obama can....at least we know its coming....Bernie is a Beast in Conning people. Obama and the rest are rank Amateurs....MADOFF For President...he'll CHEAT you Right...
Gingrick is so last month... and so not going to wn anything...