Fund-raising frenzy for Obama and Romney
June 12th, 2012
09:35 AM ET
2 years ago

Fund-raising frenzy for Obama and Romney

(CNN) - The battle for big bucks kicks into high gear Tuesday as campaigning takes a backseat to fund-raising for President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

The president could raise at least $3.6 million at six fundraisers he's attending in Maryland and Pennsylvania. According to a campaign official, Obama is the main attraction at an event in Owings Mills, Maryland, followed by two more in Baltimore. The president then makes the very short hop from Baltimore to Philadelphia, where he's the center of attention at three fundraisers at the Franklin Institute.

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All proceeds from the event to go the Obama Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee of the Obama re-election campaign, the Democratic National Committee and several state Democratic parties.

After holding a campaign event in Orlando, Florida, Romney will be the main attraction at a couple of fund-raisers. According to a campaign official, 150 tickets have been sold for a photo reception, general reception and a private luncheon, with ticket prices ranging from $2,500 to $50,000. The presumptive Republican nominee then heads to Franklin, Tennessee for another fundraiser.

Romney raised around $3 million at a couple of high dollar events Monday evening in Atlanta.

While Obama held the early edge in the race for campaign cash, Romney outraised the president last month. The Romney campaign reports it and the Republican National Committee raised a combined $76.8 million in May, compared to the more than $60 million the Obama campaign says it and the Democratic National Committee brought in last month.

Then-Sen. Obama broke all records in raising around $750 million in the 2008 cycle, more than tripling the money brought in by Sen. John McCain, the GOP presidential nominee. But it should be a much more even money race this time around, especially when you factor in the independent super PACs (Republican groups are out-raising their Democratic counterparts), which didn't exist four years ago.


Filed under: 2012 • Fundraising • Mitt Romney • President Obama
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  1. louis perez

    Of course the Republicans have more money, it's called dirty money, keep in mind it's the money that was taken from the American people so it's not called given it's called dirty money.

    June 12, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  2. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    The American people want to put the Obama nightmare behind them and will pay whatever it costs to do it.

    June 12, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  3. obama victim

    didn't I hear something about "hope and change"?? just another slimey politician

    June 12, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  4. Thomas

    @Common Sense
    Why would anybody let a non citizen vote? Why? Why?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Are we stupid? C'mon people it is the law that only US Citizens only can vote. Great for Scott.

    It'a already illegalfor non citizens to vote !

    Use you Common sense .
    Rick Scott is just politicly evading more sirius issues with his diversion on voter registration.
    Florida politics make Chicago look fair and honest !

    Romney / Scott

    Bring back unaffordable health care 2012 .

    June 12, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  5. The REAL Truth...

    The American people need to realize that you can't fix the shambles the Grand Obstructionist Party and Dubya left the country in, in four years. It takes times for things to correct themselves. Ask yourself if the foreign $$ being funneled into the Super PAC's (thanks to the right leaning SCOTUS) is for the good of the country. Check the FACTS and ask question why would we want to hands the reins BACK to the Party that got us into this mess.... the GOBP Party of "NO!". No scruples, no candidate, no morals, no concern about the country, no compromise and no chance in Nov.

    June 12, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  6. Standford

    Almost 100 “possible” illegal’s out of 5 million voters in FL and all Democrats too! WOW – I’m impressed; Governor Scott didn’t waste millions of dollars for nothing. The magnitude of this scandal must mean widespread election corruption for at least the last 10 years in FL! Jeb Bush and Katherine Harris will probably be arrested and prosecuted for their part in allowing this magnitude of Voter Fraud.

    June 12, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  7. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    The REAL Truth... - Ask yourself if the foreign $$ being funneled into the Super PAC's (thanks to the right leaning SCOTUS) is for the good of the country.
    =============================================================================================
    Do you mean the millions and billions that socialist George Soros has spent over the years on leftist causes in the USA? Oh yeah, that doesn't count because it supports your political agenda. The USSC "leveled the playing field" but the leftists don't like it when everybody is free and can pay to say what's on their mind. It means their ideas have to compete with others and they always lose that battle because their ideas are proven failures.

    Please stop whining....

    June 12, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  8. J.J

    Raising millions for a job that pays how much? Maybe if they'd work for the people and not the almighty dollar, we'd be in better shape.

    June 12, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  9. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans who are funding Romney will get all their money back if he wins, WHY, because Romney will use Paul Ryan's Budget Plan which will sell Americans like cattle on Wall Street.

    June 12, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  10. Matt

    Obama 2012 – BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    The American people want to put the Obama nightmare behind them and will pay whatever it costs to do it.
    ***************************************************************************************
    Got that right!

    June 12, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. The REAL Truth...

    @BEND – Do you mean the millions and billions that socialist George Soros has spent over the years on leftist causes in the USA?
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    I did not, but feel free to include them in your trolling. Besides, last time I checked Mr. Soros was an American citizen, which makes his contributions as legal as those supporting the right wingnut agendas. My questions still stands tho' – "why would we want to hands the reins BACK to the Party that got us into this mess" in the first place. Defies logic and intelligent thought process... something MANY Americans who vote GOP are lacking.

    June 12, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. steve

    this is gonna be hard to do
    they all look alike!

    June 12, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  13. Jerry

    I am not a Republican, but it is obvious that the only liars on most of the political ads and other statements (leaks?) are the Democrats, and of course, the clueless/divisive man at the head of the ticket. It never ceases to amaze me how the so-called Mr. Obama election team, under HIS tutelage (direction), continues to lie and lie to the American populace. As if all American are stupid and uneducated. I for one believe they are in for a rude awakening (surprise?).

    However, the real surprise here is that some Americans still continue to gulp the Mr. Obama spiked Kool Aid. It clogs their thinking and prevents them from determining fact from fiction.

    Note to Latinos: Did you know that Univisión and Goya Foods are 100% behind the lies perpetrated by the Mr. Obama campaign?! Irregardless of which party you support, I believe this most important decision should be made by Latinos themselves; NOT by the main anchor at Univisión and/or Goya Foods.

    America and Latinos in particular, don't be intimidated by Mr. Obama's antics and continuous lying. Closely study the REAL issues, and most of all, be unafraid and, in November, vote like if your life and future depended on it!!!

    June 12, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  14. Reggie from LA

    Robme is telling the guy with the red tie that he can do better. He can put more money in the basket than what he did. You can pretty much see him mouthing "You can do better than that. Come on now. I'll get involved with your company and you KNOW what that ultimately means!! Does the name Bain mean anything to you? Now fork it over."

    June 12, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Give me a break! YOU MUST BE A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATE S TO BE ELGIBLE TO VOTE! CASE CLOSED,, you are a citizen if you was born in the U S A or you have become a citizen legally by following the proper paper documents and governed by the Immigration and Nationality Act. Must be 18 , living here lawfully for 5yrs (green card) no arrest and good moral character , learn and understand simple words in English , understand our US CONSTITUTION , swear allegiance to the country you WANT TO LIVE and WOW you are Now a citizen who can register to vote and hopefully one who votes in primaries and general elections the RIGHT WAY! WE ALL (even I ,who was born here and known at my polling place for every election except one primary I missed) should have to show proper I D. Our state has made it easy for all citizens to obtain an ID if they do not drive etc without cost. I want voting to be without scandal , without intimidation to all legal voters , I am amazed by the Justice Dept to challenge Fl for going thru their process of purging their files on illegal voters, isn't this what so many have fought for doing things the right way?

    June 12, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. bob in LA

    When are people going to wake up to the fact that the Republicans just hate Latinos, gays, blacks, poor people, women.

    June 12, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  17. Malory Archer

    Jerry

    I am not a Republican, but......

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Really, Jerry? REALLY???!!! Yeah, nobody's buying what you're selling, Jerry.

    June 12, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  18. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    The REAL Truth... - My questions still stands tho' – "why would we want to hands the reins BACK to the Party that got us into this mess" in the first place. Defies logic and intelligent thought process...
    ==============================================================================================

    Whitehouse Senate House
    2007 Republicans Democrats Democrats
    2008 Republicans Democrats Democrats
    2009 Democrats Democrats Democrats
    2010 Democrats Democrats Democrats
    2011 Democrats Democrats Republicans
    2012 Democrats Democrats Republicans
    D = 4 R=2 D = 6 R = 0 D = 4 R = 2
    D = 14 R = 4

    THIS is who has been running the country for the last SIX YEARS. DEMOCRATS are the ones that have run the country into the ground. You and Obama CONNED the American people in 2008 but will not do it again in 2012.

    June 12, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  19. Malory Archer

    Anonymous

    want voting to be without scandal , without intimidation to all legal voters

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Yet you agreee with disinfranchising 99,900 LEGAL voters in order to prevent 100 illegal (turns out governor skeletor lied about the number) people from voting? You agree with burning the village in order to save the village?

    June 12, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. Marie MD

    Hey bishop, that ugly tshirt your wife wore on some morning program with the big ugly fish in the front cost $1,000? Thanks for reminding us that just because YOU TWO are super rich it doesn't mean you have taste!
    That thing was gawdawful ugly!!!!!

    June 12, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  21. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Malory Archer
    Anonymous
    want voting to be without scandal , without intimidation to all legal voters
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Yet you agreee with disinfranchising 99,900 LEGAL voters in order to prevent 100 illegal (turns out governor skeletor lied about the number) people from voting? You agree with burning the village in order to save the village?
    =============================================================================================

    Of course you have ZERO proof that 99,900 voters will not be allowed to vote. As a matter of fact, people will be able to vote no matter what. If there are any problems, provisional ballots will be cast. This is the perfect solution as illegals will be gone from the voting rolls and provisional ballots will cover any issues.

    Why would the Democrats opposed this very good solution??? Answer: They want illegals voting in this country.

    June 12, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  22. jcl

    Obama... campaigning using Air Force One at a cost to taxpayers of $181,000 per hour

    June 12, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  23. Malory Archer

    Of course you have ZERO proof that 99,900 voters will not be allowed to vote. As a matter of fact, people will be able to vote no matter what. If there are any problems, provisional ballots will be cast

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Provisional ballots aren't counted in Florida, so filling one out is an exercise in futility.

    June 12, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  24. Malory Archer

    jcl

    Obama... campaigning using Air Force One at a cost to taxpayers of $181,000 per hour

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    All Presidents do it, and you only have a problem now? BTW, it's cheaper than having him and his staff & security fly commercial, which if he DID, you and your ilk would be all over the internet whining and crying about how he's inconveniencing travelers.

    June 12, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  25. Wake up people

    What illegal in their right mind would risk deportation just to try to vote??? This reeks of Jim Crow. What's next on their agenda??

    OBAMA 2012!

    June 12, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
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