Fund-raising frenzy for Obama and Romney
June 12th, 2012
09:35 AM ET
6 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. Investment Advisor

    "Florida makes Chicago politics look fair and honest". This is the type of mindset that the liberals embrace! No wonder this country is in trouble....but not as bad as Illinois...Yet!

    June 12, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  2. Ken in MD

    Yes, it's all about the money. You can't win a campaign without gobs of money. So much for democracy.

    June 12, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. Larry L

    Thanks to the US Supreme Court the fat-cats will be able to buy the Republican lap-dog of their choice. Romney looked like a good choice until he started talking and flip-flopping on every singel issue. His tendancy to lie rather than tell the truth will cause independent voters to turn away. The man has no actual convictions but simply says whatever he thinks will win votes from each specific crowd. He is apparently unaware of video that records his speeches..

    June 12, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  4. Learn to Fish

    My prediction: If Obama raises more money than Romney it will be proof the people support his efforts and a referendum on the conservative policies. If Romney raises more money it will be proof corporate America is buying the election and stealing it from the American people.

    June 12, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  5. Malory Archer

    Learn to Fish, the bulk of President Obama's campaign cash comes from millions of small contributions from millions of individuals whereas the bulk of romney's campaign cash comes from a small number of billionaires, so your statement is correct.

    June 12, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. Suvali

    Florida is corrupt but nothing justifies their rercent voter purge . They have just slide further down the list of awful places to live and places with corrupt leaders. If Americans really valued their voting irghts, they would be screaming in Florida right now. People are careless because what the Gov has done to minorites and Seniors there could be done to the rest of us tomorrow. Good for the AG for suing.

    June 12, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. Chris

    All senators, congressman, and all government officials who have taken a bribe, planned for sake of greed, took not their brothers account and safety in considerations of their decisions, and any evil thing SHOULD REPENT AND TURN FROM their ways; and the land will be healed and peace will come.

    June 12, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  8. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Malory Archer - Provisional ballots aren't counted in Florida, so filling one out is an exercise in futility.
    What is your proof of this? Sounds like the typical leftist lies.

    June 12, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  9. Jack

    Thank you Supreme Court. You've deftly taken the election out of the hands of the middle-class and given it to the wealthy. That candidate who has the riches superpac and can dominate the media wins.

    June 12, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  10. You Heard it worst on CNN

    At the end of the day its a spending contest. It's disgusting and very sad. Obcene amounts of money will be spent on advertising to ensure America's demise. Either way Obama or Romney have nothing to offer but failure. If this is what our two political parties have to offer and this is the best they can do then we need more options.

    June 12, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Jack - Thank you Supreme Court. You've deftly taken the election out of the hands of the middle-class and given it to the wealthy. That candidate who has the riches superpac and can dominate the media wins.
    But this is EXACTLY what Obama did in 2008. He dclined public financing after sayin ghe would take it so he could raise HUGE sums of money and vastly outspend McCain. But that is somehow different because you support Obama.

    You whining leftists just can't stand being on a "level playing field" which you always claim you want. Welcome to democracy and freedom of speech. And BTW, the rich person gets ONE vote, just like everybody else.

    June 12, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. Matt

    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!
    Guess you've been sleeping when your friends on the left brag that Obama has deported more illegal aliens than Bush did.


    June 12, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  13. Puma Girl

    Mr. President – Where are the JOBS that you promised?
    We WANT private sector jobs that MAKE money and grow the economy.

    Public sector jobs primarily do NOT make money. Big difference. Don't you know...
    When was the last time teachers, police, firefighters, postal workers, park rangers, public services workers etc made
    any real profitable money ????

    June 12, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. MiketheElectrician

    I don't care who you support or who you are against. But all I can think of is how come people can open their pocketbooks so widely and easliy for a political campaign, but not to buy goods and services to help the ailing economy. Just think what a billion or so would do for small businesses.

    June 12, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  15. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    What will Romney be called Bishop President or President Bishop, I'm just asking, because at some point when he takes his seat at the Mormon Church will he be their Bishop and not your President.

    June 12, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  16. Gurgyl

    Bain capital....says all...

    June 12, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  17. 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 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  18. Marie MD

    Look at the picture. NOBODY is looking at the bishop. They all have a look of I really didn't want to be here but if I didn't show up my boss would fire me! He/she and the bishop are friends from bain and they like to fire people.
    A picture IS worth a thousand words.

    June 12, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  19. Marie MD

    @puma girl, sorry sweetie, but your 2010 teapublikkkans ran on jobs and they have absolutely nothing.
    The President, even the village idiot #43, couldn't create jobs!

    June 12, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  20. Larry L


    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.
    Ahhh... another Fox News drone. Have you heard of the "birthers"? How about the "death squads coming for Granny"? Have the men in black Suburbans "come to get your guns" yet? Recall Palin's "pallin' around with terrorists" comment? Remember the "swift boat" lies? How about when they accused the war hero Murtha of not being "patriotic"? Hell, they did the same thing to John McCain in a primary race. Ever hear a Democrat call "91 members of Congress communists"? Remember when the asked Newt Gingrich if "he was calling Mitt Romney a liar'? His response was "absolutely". Let's not forget "Mr. Crappy-pants" Ted Nugent in his rants... Oh yeah... the Republicans are a class act. You're delusional.

    June 12, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  21. Natalie

    From the looks of Romney's face it appears that his magic underwear may be too tight.

    June 12, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  22. Thomas

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

    Where were you when GW Bush was flying around in AF #1 ? GW Bush took more vacation time then any other living president ! Job well done !!

    GOP double standerds !

    Mitt Romney / Dick Cheney.
    Sacrifice and Comitment 2012 ?

    June 12, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  23. Thomas

    @Obama 2012 – BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE
    Malory Archer – Provisional ballots aren't counted in Florida, so filling one out is an exercise in futility.
    What is your proof of this? Sounds like the typical leftist lies.

    Why don't you post your GOP propaganda BS on weekends, maybe you don't get paid on weekends ?
    You guy's post under different names , yet you smell of the same Carl Rove odor .

    June 12, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  24. Wake up people

    @Matt. What? Here I'm talking about illegal aliens attempting to vote and you are talking about them being deported?? What does one thing have to do with another? I am talking about taking away the rights of Americans. What is wrong with baggers/rethugs? Can't you read?? Oh I forgot, stupidity is a republican/bagger requirement.

    Back to the subject....Here in Detroit we have an area known as Southwest. A lot of Hispanics live there. (Heck, I'm over there at least once a week for the food myself. I love Mexican food) Anywho about a year ago ICE agents were sitting outside the schools in Southwest, pulling everyone over, suspecting they were illegals. I remember so many people were so tired of being harassed, they stopped bringing their children to school. Is this what this country founded by immigrants is coming to?

    June 12, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  25. cali girl

    Wake up, nice one.
    How about in Arizona too, you go right back where you came from and they are doing it by racial profiling.By Jan Brewer, the GOP princess. Some of the immigration laws that we currently have are from the Bush policies inacted back then.

    June 12, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
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