Waco, Texas (CNN) - Mitt Romney picked up Texas-sized donations on Tuesday during a fund-raising blitz through the Lone Star state.
The Republican presidential candidate expected to raise $15 million from four campaign fund-raisers Tuesday and Wednesday in Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Houston, a major donor to his campaign told attendees at one event on Tuesday.
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Dallas entrepreneur Ray Washburne divulged the high-dollar figure to nearly 500 people attending the first event held at the historic Belo Mansion in Dallas, which was expected to raise $3.5 million when combined with the haul from another dinner at a private residence Tuesday night. Participants contributed $2,500 to get in the door and paid as much as $10,000 for a photo and $50,000 for dinner.
The checks are split between members of the Romney Victory Fund, an umbrella organization including Romney's campaign, the Republican National Committee, and several state-level groups.
According to a reporter who was permitted to cover the fund-raiser and brief other reporters, Romney stepped to the podium and joked that Washburne had assured him that if the $15 million figure wasn't reached, "he'll write a check for the balance."
The Romney campaign has so far raised more than $5.9 million in Texas, according to the Federal Election Commission reports including donations through the end of April. President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies have raised more than $6.4 million from the Lone Star State in the same time period.
In addition to helping fill his campaign coffers, Texas also helped Romney towards becoming the GOP presidential nominee. Last week he crossed the 1,144-delegate threshold after picking up more than 100 delegates from the Republican primary here, but he won't be crowned the party's official nominee until the Republican National Convention in Tampa this summer.
Romney also scheduled two public campaign events during his two-day visit.
According to the FEC, Texans have raised more than $30 million for Republican and Democratic candidates for various offices combined this year, coming in second behind California, which has brought in more than $43 million in 2012.
In May, Romney hauled in about $15 million from more than eight fund-raisers during a weekend swing through New York and Connecticut.
- CNN Political Producer Rachel Streitfeld contributed to this report
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Yeah those fat cats in my home state are just slathering their jowls that this Mr 1% will really get them Federal laws that will enable them to rake in the bucks. No more suits for crappy home building, nuclear waste dumps all over the place. If ole Aggie Rick was a humdinger, ole Mittens will really bring home the bacon. Money money money $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ kachink.
These are the same people who voted Bush-whack and Rick Perry as governers. SCARY. Maybe Texas should secede.
Seriously if this guy is rich why does he need donors. Donors are giving money to a rich guy I thought conservatives want people to stand on their own two feet.
Who else will donate millions but oil companies who expect something in return, ie. no closing of tax loopholes and no increase in tax at all...we .the people are not dummies...enough of blood suckers
No Texas is simply a bum steer.
It's all about who has the most money !
Romney will win , not because he will be a better President. But because he will go to any lengths to make more money.
Land of the free ?
What do you expect from Texas? They gave us GW Bush and Parry ...
how are they serious? im in las vegas nevada littered with ron paul signs 10-1 to romney signs, my entire family in texas and all of their friends and relatives are for ron paul, everybody i talk to about politics daily at my job can be anywhere from 1-20 people, either havent decided or are paulites, CEO's at my job are for paul, the gun club is for paul.. CNN wtf are you trying to get at NOBODY likes romney except for ten people who comment on these boards about jesus!
Can this guy ever get a good size crowd going? Let's face it, the real christians can't stand him and the reason is his religion. I don't care how many fake liberty universities have him on campus. THEY HATE HIM!!!