RNC raises $11.3 million in February
March 9th, 2012
09:29 AM ET
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RNC raises $11.3 million in February

(CNN) - The Republican National Committee reported raising $11.3 million in February, a number they said would help them beat President Barack Obama in the upcoming general election fight.

The RNC noted they had $26.5 million cash on hand, and had taken in $5.8 million in donations from major benefactors since the beginning of 2012.

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February fundraising numbers from the Democratic National Committee have not yet been released.

On Thursday, the campaign of GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney announced it raised $11.5 million in February, bringing its total fundraising for the 2012 election cycle to $75 million.

Romney's campaign said they had $7.3 million cash on hand, a reflection of the bitter and expensive fight Romney has waged against his GOP rivals.

In January, the RNC reported raising $27 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, which was higher than its Democratic counterpart. The DNC said it raised $24 million in the final three months of 2011.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Dave

    I'm glad the GOP is raising money. However, the choice between the GOP and President Obama is an easy one. Obama is the president of debt, deficits and unemployment!

    March 9, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  2. thomas

    Why are the Republicans raising gas prices ?

    That is the only way to beat Obama.

    March 9, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  3. enuff

    All the money that is going into these political coffers is disgusting. I would rather see the money go towards good causes like: feeding the hungry, helping set up training for the unemployed so they can reinvent themselves, helping the uninsured sick... help pay down the deficit voluntarily. Not padding the pockets of fat politicians who sell out to the highest bidder.

    March 9, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  4. Four and The Door

    thomas
    Why are the Republicans raising gas prices ?
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    What does Obama have against the domestic oil and natural gas industry that employs 9.2 million Americans? Killing the Keystone pipeline project at the same time gas prices are rising and unemployment stays high is much better than the $27 million the Republican National Committee raised in the 4th Quarter. It's priceless. Romney 2012!

    March 9, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  5. The Greedy Old Pigs declared class war on US!

    "The Greedy Old Pigs are the party of debt, deficits and unemployment!"

    There, FIFY.

    March 9, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  6. Four and The Door

    The Greedy Old Pigs declared class war on US!
    "The Greedy Old Pigs are the party of debt, deficits and unemployment!"
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    Yeah, but the Republicans are the party of LOWERING the debt, deficits and unemployment.

    March 9, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  7. Ozzie

    Hey, GOP. Your money better beat the President. You have no candidates who can. They all seem to try to outdo one another in highlighting people whom they hate. Nice family values, GOP.

    March 9, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  8. NickAnast

    Here we go again with the LIE that President Obama has something against domestic oil production. The FACT is that US oil production has increased by 8% since Obama became president. Combine that with a decrease in demand, and the US is becoming less dependent on foreign oil.

    March 9, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  9. Frihoffa

    One thing to consider. All the spending by the RNC and right leaning groups (advertising, conferences, etc) is actually good for the economy and ultimately good for Obama's re-election. When I see the money raised by the RNC, I think it's actually great. Please spend the $11.3 million as quickly as possible. This money is helping to support local economies and support local jobs, while increasing consumer spending. I say, continue with the republican campaign and continue spending your money!!

    March 9, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  10. The Greedy Old PIgs have declared class war on US!

    "Yeah, but the Republicans are the party of LOWERING the debt, deficits and unemployment."

    Only on your fairytale planet is that true. The economy is consistently better under a Dem President. And, more to the point, your phony pony Rmoney has a tax plan that will increase the debt, where President Obama's plan will reduce it. As for reducing unemployment, please specify which of your GOBP deathcult's "jobs" plans actually involved creating jobs? Good luck with that!

    And please don't waste time with Keystone and its less than 5000 temporary jobs in the US. It also RAISES gas prices in the short term, at least in the Midwest, and would literally only affect prices by a penny or two if everything went to plan. The fact that some partners are already suing to get out the deal tells us things aren't going to plan.

    March 9, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  11. Holla

    That's what the party of no does most, raise too much money to unchange the reality. The party will agree next to nothing.

    March 9, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Four wrote:

    What does Obama have against the domestic oil and natural gas industry that employs 9.2 million Americans? Killing the Keystone pipeline project at the same time gas prices are rising and unemployment stays high.....
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    First of all, the pipeline project is not killed. The project does not benefit the entire industry, rather it primarialy benefits just one company. Speaking of benefits, that company projects that job creation from construction would only be under 5000. Once completed, the pipeline might create a few hundred jobs, most of which would be a either end of the pipeline.

    But, let's go with the conservative talking points, that the project would create tens of thousands of jobs. We need hundreds of thousands of jobs each month. What else you got? Tax cuts for the job creators? Been there already. As a matter of fact, we're still there.

    March 9, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  13. diridi

    Folks, tell you the truth, vote Direct Democratic ticket this time. Obama2012. Nation is on right track.

    March 9, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |