Romney's campaign announces $77 million raised in May
June 7th, 2012
11:02 AM ET
2 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. ThinkAgain

    The money probably came from just a couple billionaires and a few multinational corporations from India or China thrown in ... you know, regular folks who care about the future of average Americans – NOT!

    June 7, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    Disclose the names of your donors, Mitt: I DARE YOU!

    June 7, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  3. ejktexas

    All that money being raised to fling mudd at each other and not talk about solutions. If you get a third candidate in the debates, all candidates will have to differentiate themselves and the debates won't just be 2 guys spewing venom. Get Gary Johnson in the debates!

    June 7, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. Donkey Party

    LockNesTom – It's ill-informed, knee-jerk reactionary voters like you that are one of the reasons why the country can't move forward. It's obvious you didn't vote for President Obama in 2008 as well, so spare us your lies. All your comment does, is highlight your ignorance, and how gullible you are to believe Willard Romney would be anything other than a complete disaster for our country.

    June 7, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  5. Donkey Party

    Big George – Corporations don't need to hold your hand in the voting booth, they already own you, you brainwashed simpleton.

    June 7, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain

    Hey, CNN, where's the story about Mittens' lying about his Viet Nam experience? First he protested in favor of the war, then he got four draft deferments (3 for college and one for his Mormon mission in France, which was extended to 31 months, 7 months longer than the usual religious deferment), then he got two more college deferments.

    Then in 1994 while debating Ted Kennedy during the Senate race, he said that he did not "take any actions to remove myself from the pool of young men who were eligible for the draft."

    Then in 2007 during his first presidential run, Mittens said, "I was supportive of my country,” Romney said. “I longed in many respects to actually be in Vietnam and be representing our country there, and in some ways it was frustrating not to feel like I was there as part of the troops that were fighting in Vietnam.”

    Long story short: $77 million dollars was just given to the campaign of a chicken hawk and a liar.

    June 7, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

    Correction: "then he got four draft deferments (3 for college and one for his Mormon mission in France, which was extended to 31 months, 7 months longer than the usual religious deferment), then he got two more college deferments."

    Should read: "then he got four draft deferments (3 for college and one for his Mormon mission in France, which was extended to 31 months, 7 months longer than the usual religious deferment)."

    June 7, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  8. Donkey Party

    Nuihc – no, that's what the truth looks and sounds like, but you brainwashed right-wing sub-humans are too ignorant and illiterate to understand.

    June 7, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  9. ditdahdit

    He's Adelsons boy now.

    June 7, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  10. Dr.Cole

    actually, anyone that donates $250 or more is listed by the Feds. I've given $50 so far to Romney and will continue to give, I'm also just a normal average Joe who owned a business that was forced to close it's doors thanks to the slow economy. Now I am just a physician who teaches high school. I still have $150K in student loans to pay off, so I am far from rich...I have a corporation....OH, NO! DID I JUST SAY THAT C WORD??? THEY ARE NASTY DIRTY THINGS, AND THEY ARE NEVER OWNED BY PEOPLE, ONLY BIGOTS AND RICH PEOPLE!!! oops, yes...I do have a corporation that is paying off all of my business debt instead of filing for bankruptcy and I absolutely will not vote for Obama. He had me cheering for him last election, but I'm done being snowed by the Democrats. They have done nothing but sell me down the river. Romney has the business knowledge and experience in business, government and international dealings. He also has the networking to find an outstanding team that will not be lead by professors. His team will have lived with the good and bad decisions that they made.

    June 7, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  11. GOP puts "chri$t" in "chri$tian" since 60% of the GOP believes they should not care for those less fortunate!

    Again, this election purchase has been approved by the SCOTUS!

    June 7, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  12. GOP = Greed Over People

    Ah, once again, the GOP supplicants worship at the alter of their "true" God, the Almighty Dollar!

    June 7, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  13. carlos

    let us reject this cultist bishop just like the French did.

    June 7, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  14. sayer

    That's what happens when you want to keep welfare for oil companies and get rid of government funding for women's health services.

    June 7, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  15. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    The 2012 election is basically about two guys competing for the same job. Strikes me that Mitt Romney may end up getting the job not because he's the best candidate but because he bought himself the job. Frankly, I don't know that I'd feel proud of myself in that kind of scenario.

    June 7, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  16. alice

    guess his mormon buddies stepped up.... elections are not about one dollar one vote,

    June 7, 2012 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  17. Marie MD

    BTW Kolob bishop. When the President has a fundraiser and brings in a lot of money let's not throw stones, okay?
    Not that you have any but you know what I mean!

    June 7, 2012 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  18. Joseph B

    So of Romney's haul, $65million was from people who gave over $250 or approximately 85% of his fundraising comes from only 7% of his donors. That is a lot of money from a small source...

    June 7, 2012 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  19. a donaldson

    Anyone That Votes For Romney And Creates The Possibility Of This Puppet Being President I Would Like To Welcome You All To The Third World.

    June 7, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  20. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Since the GOP got caught stealing the election in 2000, they had to find a new plan to manipulate American elections. This is why they got their republican dominated supreme court to allow unlimited, anonymous donations to super PACs. This way they can infuse money from donors who normally wouldn't dare let it be known they were influencing our elections. Of the largest is the Saudi royal family, of which Osama Bin Laden was a member.

    June 7, 2012 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  21. Suzanne

    No one should be surprised – when The Supreme Court opened the flood gates – this was bound to happen. There are 2 Americas. And the divide is getting bigger. States need to pass their own laws to limit the cost of these campaigns because the Court will never protect the American Public as it stands now. If all these PACs want to get rid of their moeny – maybe they could buy down the National Debt.

    June 7, 2012 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  22. Me IN HOUSTON

    $77 Million
    10 people
    But Wisconsin has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that our elections are for sale!

    June 7, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  23. Joseph B

    Dr. Cole – your story is a lie... You are a physician? And you cannot find a medical career anywhere? And instead of pursuing a medical career in the first place, you started your own business which failed? And you ended up teaching high school? And yet you spout Romney campaign rhetoric? You know Romney is also anti-education and has suggested getting rid of the department of education and cutting spending on education? So you will have no job if Romney wins...

    June 7, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  24. bbrooker88

    This is the best news the Obama campaign could get! The assumption by democrats that Obama will easily win in November is the #1 biggest hurdle to his re-election. This bit of news will help re-energize his base and fight even harder.

    June 7, 2012 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  25. AverageJoe

    Read the article, people! 93% of Romney's donations were from small donors. Stop claiming the entire bundle was all from large corporations- that claim is just not accurate. Obama has accepted huge amount of money from labor unions, which I would argue are even more partisan and politically motivated than big business.

    June 7, 2012 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
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