Romney raises $11.5 million in February
March 7th, 2012
12:02 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney raises $11.5 million in February

Boston, Massachusetts (CNN) – Mitt Romney's campaign raised $11.5 million in February -the second-best month of fundraising to date – spokeswoman Andrea Saul said Wednesday.

Meanwhile Rick Santorum raised roughly $9 million in the same month, his campaign has announced.

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Romney's campaign embarked on a spending spree in January, burning through $18.7 million – three times the amount of money they raised that month.

His campaign vastly outspent Santorum with a barrage of television advertisements in Michigan's hard-fought primary battle.

When asked by reporters Tuesday whether the campaign was seeing the kind of small, individual donations that have fueled his rival's campaigns, Romney said his campaign was on track to mount a general election fight.

"This was not a last-minute effort on our party, as you know," he said. "We've worked very hard to organize a full campaign, including fundraising capacity throughout the country."

Romney has urged supporters to contribute to him campaign during his last two primary night speeches.

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  1. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    I doubt Romney wll have ANY problem raising the money he needs to take on Obama. Once he wins the nomination, a FLOOD of money will come in. The billion dollar Obama smear machine must be dealt with and Romney is the guy to do it.

    March 7, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. David in FL

    Agree with Truth.

    March 7, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  3. B

    He could raise 100 Trillion from his 1% buddies and he will not Buy America and we can all bet 10K on that!

    March 7, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  4. NVa Native

    Ah the insincerity of Romoney is dwarfed by the arrogance and ignorance of mr truthy.

    March 7, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. Fair is Fair

    More and more noteworthy Republicans and conservatives are endorsing Romney... these numbers are going to increase exponentially. He's going to need it to combat the slimy billion-dollar Obama lie machine.

    March 7, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. LBAM

    RMoney thinks that he can buy whatever he wants when he wants. Surely he want to bu the presidency, yet he is lot liked. TRUTH, THE reflibicans are the one who invented smears in a campain. They know how to do that well.. The previous eligetimate occupier of the White House used the smear machine rather well.

    March 7, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. Malory Archer

    Appalacians won't vote for mittens. They didn't vote for President Obama in 2008 and have no intention of voting for him in 2012 either, so if mittens is the chosen gobp candidate, a large swath of America will stay home on election night.

    March 7, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  8. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    If Mitt Romney father was born in Mexico he will be the first Mexican/Republican to fun for president. If is funny how people talk about President Obama Race when was running for president but nothing is said about Mitt romney is the first Mexican to run for President

    March 7, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  9. vic , nashville ,tn

    Mitt Romney doesn’t have money problem every one agree if he win the nomination his campaign and his SUPER PAC able to spend billions of dollars
    Problems is Romney care he don’t want to denounce his own care but he condemn Obama care BOTH ARE SAME

    March 7, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  10. cali girl

    Only 11.5 Mill? Slippiing there a bit Robmey

    March 7, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  11. diridi

    No one in the right mind will vote for this guy. lot of reasons for us not to vote for this Rich job shipper to China. Flip-Flop-Flip...then Flip-Flop, Flip, again Flop, then Flip-Flop-Flip, and Flip-Flop.

    March 7, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  12. Data Driven

    Notice Romney didn't directly answer the question about small donors. That's because he isn't getting very many.

    March 7, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  13. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Malory Archer - Appalacians won't vote for mittens. They didn't vote for President Obama in 2008 and have no intention of voting for him in 2012 either, so if mittens is the chosen gobp candidate, a large swath of America will stay home on election night.
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    Why? Just because he happens to have been successful in life? I doubt this group is as shallow as you think they are. I'm sure the people in coal country will come out in DROVES to vote for him instead of fossil fuel hating Obama.

    March 7, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    If Mitt Romney wins the Republican nomination, he will not be able to attack health care reform as many conservatives expect him to do. He has some skeletons in his closet, which will undermine any attack on health care. In fact, Romney would rather talk about something else. Just watch and see.

    I keep telling all of you that Mitt Romney is first and foremost a salesman. He has spent the last several years carefully manufacturing a record and image for himself so that he can run for POTUS. Now conservatives are buying into it. Man, oh man. Conservatives are going to terribly upset if these "unelectable" facts do not come to light in time. Actually, they have already come to light. But, for some reason beyond common sense, the Republican establishment is pretending the facts do not exist.

    Google this. " usa today romney 2009 " Mitt Romney cannot mount a credible campaign against the ACA. He can't.

    March 7, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    Who cares! The economy added 215,000 jobs in February. What's Willard's take on that?

    March 7, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  16. Mikey

    All the money in the world won't make up for his flaws. Also, his constant lying will catch up to him. He's barely beating a guy he is outspending 3 or 4 to one – a guy who says our Constitutional separation of church and states makes him want to puke, thinks that encouraging education makes you a 'snob', and opposes the use of contraception.

    What's going to happen when he faces a real candidate – one who is smarter, smoother, and classier that he will ever be, who has better ideas for our future, who cares more about average Americans, and who won't be outspent.

    Wrongney better hope for 9% unemployment!

    March 7, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  17. R

    @ Malory Archer
    "Appalacians won't vote for mittens. They didn't vote for President Obama in 2008 and have no intention of voting for him in 2012 either, so if mittens is the chosen gobp candidate, a large swath of America will stay home on election night."

    Sadly, I believe you are right. I know that voting is something everyone should do, but voting either Democrat or Republican will change nothing at this point; not until there are more people in Washington that can compromise instead of acting like 4 year olds when they don't get their way. As it stands right now – no one has convinced me that they are worth my vote.

    March 7, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Truth wrote:

    Malory Archer – Appalacians won't vote for mittens. They didn't vote for President Obama in 2008 and have no intention of voting for him in 2012 either, so if mittens is the chosen gobp candidate, a large swath of America will stay home on election night.
    ============================================================================================
    Why? Just because he happens to have been successful in life? I doubt this group is as shallow as you think they are. I'm sure the people in coal country will come out in DROVES to vote for him instead of fossil fuel hating Obama.

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    Probably because of Voter Photo ID laws. The new laws do hit those at the lower end of the economic scale the hardest.

    "fossil fuel hating Obama" You should go back and review some of Sarah Palin's stump speeches from 2008. She began with "drill, baby, drill". You remember that one. Got criticized for it by liberals. So, Palin expanded her energy stump speech to include "alternative forms of energy." Palin advocated nuclear, wind, solar, and repeatedly used the phrase "green energy." Remember, a barrel of oil had been going for $147 each at the time. Pres. Obama has advocated identical policies.

    March 7, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  19. Fair is Fair

    "Who cares! The economy added 215,000 jobs in February. What's Willard's take on that?"
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    You're citing a number from ADP, not the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The real number comes out Friday morning. Probably not the only thing you're premature on.

    March 7, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  20. Mikey

    @NVa Native – "Ah the insincerity of Romoney is dwarfed by the arrogance and ignorance of mr truthy."
    **********************************************************
    Well said. Ever notice that truthy is frequently the first one to post. Aparently, truthy just sits at his computer waiting for an article to come up to vent the anger. Perhaps they should be happy that "Obama Care" covers mental health services. Or, then again, they could just get a life.

    March 7, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair

    More and more noteworthy Republicans and conservatives are endorsing Romney... these numbers are going to increase exponentially. He's going to need it to combat the slimy billion-dollar Obama lie machine.
    -------------------
    Lies? Mitt Romney seems to have told some whoppers.
    Google this. " usa today romney 2009 "

    The establishment seems to want to keep this out of the public discourse, and down play it. But, it contradicts Romney's stump speech.

    March 7, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  22. Jake

    $$ doesn't seem to be buying the GOP nomination this season

    March 7, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  23. GonzoinHouston

    Romney's super PAC will probably be able to raise a ton of money when he wins the nomination, simply because that richest 1% is already in his corner. Romney himself will run into that $2300 personal donation limit and that fact that he won't be able to unite the party. The Tea Party and the Evangelicals have demonstrated that they're more than willing to do major damage, such as a default or shutdown, just because they can. They will be just as willing to stay home on election day, even if it means Obama's 2nd term.

    March 7, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  24. Gale

    Grover: How many jobs were lost in February?

    March 7, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  25. Fair is Fair

    "Probably because of Voter Photo ID laws. The new laws do hit those at the lower end of the economic scale the hardest."
    ---------
    Look. Voting is perhaps the most valuable franchise that a country can give to it's citizens. It comes with great responsibility. If you cannot be bothered to safeguard your franchise – and everyone else's for that matter – by obtaining an ID card proving you have the right to exercise this sacred priviledge, then you don't deserve it. Period.

    March 7, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
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