Romney's campaign announces $77 million raised in May
June 7th, 2012
11:02 AM ET
3 years ago

Romney's campaign announces $77 million raised in May

(CNN) – Mitt Romney's team announced Thursday it raised $77 million last month, surpassing the total announced earlier in the day by President Barack Obama's re-election effort and marking the first month the Republican effort out-raised the Democrats.

Romney's campaign cash, which includes money taken in by Romney for President, Romney Victory, and the Republican National Committee, included money raised in all 50 states and in Washington, DC, the campaign said.

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Earlier Thursday, Obama's team announced on Twitter they had raised more than $60 million in May. The money is divided between the re-election campaign, the Democratic National Committee and affiliated Democratic state parties.

The Obama team also indicated that nearly all of their donations in May - 98% - were less than $250, and the average contribution totaled $54.94.

Romney's campaign said 93% of their May contributions were less than $250, and amounted to $12 million of their total haul.

The Republican effort said they ended May with $107 million in the bank. Obama's campaign did not disclose their cash on hand for May, though they ended April with $115 million.

Romney's May fund-raising figures are a big jump from his April haul, when his campaign reported raising $40.1 million. Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, two of Romney's rivals for the GOP nomination, both announced they were dropping their bids for president in April, meaning May was the first month Romney was running unopposed for the GOP nomination.

The former Massachusetts governor and two-time presidential candidate clinched his party's nomination at the end of May, when he secured enough delegates to become the GOP nominee at the Republican convention in August.

Responding to the Romney fund-raising announcement, Obama campaign press secretary Ben LaBolt tweeted: "Reminder on RNC/Romney camp fundraising: 1st month joint committee was in existence, so all their primary donors wrote their maxout checks."

Romney and the RNC joined fund-raising forces beginning May 8.


Filed under: 2012 • Fundraising • Mitt Romney
soundoff (133 Responses)
  1. Bruce

    If the media could not make money off the campaign would it still last two years?

    June 7, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  2. MaryM

    It is going to take Billions to run for President this General Election.

    Way to go supreme court. You really messed up on that ruling.

    June 7, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  3. Etch-a-Sketch Mitt Romney taking USA backward with "A Better Amercia"

    Etch-a-Sketch Mitt Romney's campaign said 93% of their May contributions were less than $250, and amounted to $12 million of their total haul.

    That means the other 7% contributed/inevster $65 millions dollars to BUY OFF TRILLIONS of TAX CUTS when Mitt comes to town!

    The list of the top 7% Mitt donors includes – CORPORATE GOONS, KOCH BROTHERS, SPECIAL INTEREST LOBBYIST, WALL ST FAT CATS, FOREIGN DONORS, RICH "JOB CREATORS" FOLKS, BIG OIL, AND FOREIGN ACCOUNT HOLDERS IN SWISS BANK ACCOUNTS AND THE CAYMEN ISLAND!!!!

    AMERICA is for SALE in the next garage sale near YOU!!!!..."corporations are people too, my friend" – mitt romney! hehehe

    June 7, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  4. macrasta

    wow... Koch, Rove an Adeleman wants President Obama out real bad.....ummm?

    June 7, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  5. Woman In California

    All the money in the world won't make you likeable, intelligent or worthy to sit in the Oval Office. You are and will always be a liar, a cheat and a draft dodger – so take your millions and go back to being "unemployed" or whatever it is you do and let the adults continue to make things better.

    Obama 2012

    June 7, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  6. Pete

    They're raising monies because of corporate greed,power,not from voters as said publicly,that's garbage.Republican Romneys super pacs are trying to buy this presidency,much like Bush and daddy did in their elections with SWIFT BOATS T.BOONE PICKENS and others throwing lies like monies,not caring ,they're so rich who cares who they effect as long as their dog in the race wins,that's all...They'll settle up after the dust settles down,figuring how to collectively destroy the lives of unions workers and public sector jobs nationwide,not also caring,they can't see the destruction from their lofty positions on top of their mountain retreats.People better wake up,the corporations aren't people like us,never have ,never will,they want us at their advantage ,no matter what it costs.If they have it their way it'll be a two tier class system,much like ancient Europe, with us as serfs and corporations and their minions as being leaders to their middle class slaves....It'll come to that if we let them do it,be American and say no to corporate power and let us repeal the SCOTUS rulings on Citizens United super pacs,it has to be done if we're going to survive as a country,that's a patriotic fact,not welcomed by republicans...

    June 7, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Contribute to a Military Family whose sons and daughters are protecting us and not to Romney and his five(5) sons who serve themselves. There is not one generation of Romneys who have served this country, but there are many generations of Romneys who enjoy the birth of a child while our military men and women don't.

    June 7, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Stop rewarding these Romneys, they've made no sacrifices for this country, the only sacrifices they have ever made is to their church and it protected them from military service.

    June 7, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  9. obama victim

    Barry is history................sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet

    June 7, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The problem is that there is too much money in politics. If there wasn't this problem, we might have better candidates.

    June 7, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  11. cali girl

    Greed at its best. Coming straight to the guy that needs to build that car elevator.

    June 7, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. vic , nashville ,tn

    We seen in the Wisconsin recall election it will play again in November

    June 7, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  13. g

    the middle class needs to clean-up the- mess corps are people

    June 7, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  14. TomInRochNY

    Obama raised $60M and Romney raised $77M. Too bad Romney needs to out raise Obama at least four to one in order to win.

    June 7, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  15. FedUp

    OOps! Romney raised more than Obama? That is surely an error. They all need to cut the campaigns and put that money towards they deficit that has been created.

    June 7, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  16. Whats Wrong with Us?

    Why are we allowing this to happen? Why do we continue to vote for people who express clearly what their agendas are and those agendas are specifically geared to serving rich, connected interests? It's as if we are a nation of Neros, fiddling away while DC and our democracy burn. I simply do not get it. While Obama is far from perfect, he was dealt a bad hand, but fundamentally he believes in the rights and opportunities for ALL Americans. Mitt Romney is about one thing and one thing only, protecting rich connected interests.
    My fellow Americans, there is one question that I fundamentally believe each one of us must look inward and answer. Are we a democratic society first, or a capitalist society first? I believe how each one of us answers this basic question should offer insight into our political leanings. EVERY American needs to be asked this question, and more importantly, understand what that answer represents.

    June 7, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  17. sure thats what they say

    It thrills my heart to see all that republican money being given to the "ultra liberal" media outlets they hate so much. LOL, MSNBC needs those dollars!

    June 7, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  18. Delusional Democrats Whining Crying Blaming, My Dream Has Come True

    Where was all this leftist Demorcat outrage against Obama in 2008 when he reneged on his promise to use public funding and then proceeded to collect and spend a record amount on his campaign BEFORE Citizens United was decided? Oh yeah, it doesn't count or matter if it is YOUR guy that does this. Nothing but the usual libtard Democrat hypocrisy on full display here today, and EVERY day. Stop whining about everything losers. It really is getting old.

    June 7, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  19. Lorelord

    "CORPORATE GOONS, KOCH BROTHERS, SPECIAL INTEREST LOBBYIST, WALL ST FAT CATS, FOREIGN DONORS, RICH "JOB CREATORS" FOLKS, BIG OIL, AND FOREIGN ACCOUNT HOLDERS IN SWISS BANK ACCOUNTS AND THE CAYMEN ISLAND!!!!"

    Yes, the same peopel that nominated Obama and snet him Millions. They are leaving Obama now because they realize hes gonna break this country. Hell, even the UNIONS (who raised millions for Obama) are leaving him. And oh btw, I would rather corporations that actually stimulate the economy with JOBS give Romney money than the Marxist, Socialist, Welfare State Handouts, Re-distribute wealth (steal other people's money), Food Stamp, Poverty creating, Dependent Population, Utopian, Hollywood, SOLYNDRA supporting idiots that give millions to a President that travels and CAMPAIGNS on TAX PAYER MONEY!

    June 7, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  20. Frank

    "Stop rewarding these Romneys, they've made no sacrifices for this country". OK, so, what "sacrifices" did Obama make for HIS country? THIS I REALLY wanna hear about!! The left got their asses chewed in Wisconsin – maybe the tide has turned. Your pal in the white house has alienated a LOT of people with his policies. Now we get a chance to vote in November! He fooled a lot of people with his "Hope and Change" crap the first time around but I don't think that's going to be the case this time.

    June 7, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  21. JasonP

    Go ahead and waste your money, Republicans. mwwahahaha

    June 7, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  22. b

    judging by the post, our country is full of poor, envious lazy people who would rather live in a country of poor people that wealthy people. America has always been wealthy and we were proud of it. now with all the illegals and minorities sneaing in america is going down the drain. the worst part about it is, once the country falls, the illegals will just sneak back home accros te border and the blacks will go on a rioting rampage.

    June 7, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  23. DEG

    Get ready for President Romney...God help us. You call can breathe a sigh of relief. A white man will be back in te White House. Your long national nightmare will soon be over white people.

    June 7, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  24. Lorelord

    "While Obama is far from perfect, he was dealt a bad hand, but fundamentally he believes in the rights and opportunities for ALL Americans."

    Thats the biggest lie I have ever in my life, ever read. Obama is about Tyranny and dicitorial rule. Democracy?!?!?! Yeah, thats why he had his criminal Attourny General Eric Houlder try to stop Florida from purging its voters registration (as it has done every year since the benginng of time) since they want to win this election by hook or crook. They want dead people and illegals to be able to vote in this election and you say he is about democracy?!?!? BWAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 7, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  25. Ivan

    We have no money for vital programs but there is an never ending money tree for both sides. Both sides have no shame what so ever!

    June 7, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
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