Romney set for biggest fund-raising day yet
June 20th, 2012
07:09 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney set for biggest fund-raising day yet

Orlando (CNN) - Mitt Romney was expected to raise the largest amount of any single day in his campaign Wednesday with a pair of fund-raisers in his home state of Michigan, Campaign Finance Co-Chair John Rakolta said.

"Tonight, and today, we will exceed every single event that has been held for Gov. Romney from the beginning of the campaign," Rakolta said at the beginning of a fund-raiser in Troy, Michigan. "So we have set a new record tonight in terms of fundraising. Only probably to be beat later this summer, so I'll come back and see you again in the fall."

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The events in Grand Rapids and Troy were expected to raise between $6 and $8 million, Romney Campaign Finance Chairman Spencer Zwick told a pool reporter.

Romney thanked the crowd in Troy, saying the group recognized the importance of the upcoming election.

"It's hard to write a check to a politician, it's harder to get a friend to do it," Romney said. "You guys have done that, thank you. And to each person who is here this evening, you have helped us break records, and that's not just important from the standpoint of breaking records, it's important because we recognize what's at stake. I realize this is not about me. You're not giving a check to me, you're not giving a check to the Republican Party. You're concerned about America. This is about our country."

The most recent campaign finance reports showed Romney had substantially out-raised President Barack Obama's campaign in May. Obama raised $15 million at one star-studded event hosted by George Clooney earlier this cycle.

Romney capped off a five-day, six-state bus tour Tuesday in Michigan, where he reminisced about growing up in the Wolverine state.

"I grew up in Michigan, as you know, born and raised here, and if I'm lucky enough to become president I'll be the first president in American history to be born in Michigan," Romney told supporters in Frankenmuth Tuesday.

At his Wednesday evening fund-raiser, a group of roughly 150 protesters marched and chanted pro-Obama slogans outside his event.

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soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. Rae

    Who cares about who has more fundraising? I know it's important but it's not a deciding factor for me. BIg money means Big Bullies and no one likes the 1%...just saying. I am voting for Obama because he can relate, he doesn't brag about his wife driving two Cadillacs.

    June 21, 2012 04:38 am at 4:38 am |
  2. Massachusetts Resident

    Why would anyone, who is Not a greed-driven millionaire, vote for this guy?????? He was LOUSY for Massachusetts, and he'd be even lousier for America!! Wake up people!

    June 21, 2012 05:14 am at 5:14 am |
  3. Rush

    The 1% will buy this election if they are allowed to.

    June 21, 2012 05:26 am at 5:26 am |
  4. works4me

    Fools and their money are soon parted.

    June 21, 2012 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  5. Triple A

    And the BHO is running his campaign in the red, spending money he doesn't have. Runs his campaing just like he runs this country.

    June 21, 2012 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  6. Marry

    Romneys smile only goes all the way up to his eyes when he talks and thinks about money!

    June 21, 2012 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  7. kanoodle

    Congraulations, the rich man gets richer.

    June 21, 2012 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  8. capitalismiskool

    This wasn't an issue when the liberals were bragging earlier that Obama was going to raise about billion dollars? Now all of sudden?

    June 21, 2012 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  9. Toad

    This doesn't surprise me I thought the article probably had something to do with money! We know Romneys a money man!

    June 21, 2012 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  10. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    So what's the big deal? It just means more pointless attacks against the President and less of Mitt Romney telling the American people what he truly stands for!

    June 21, 2012 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  11. TheTraveler

    "So we have set a new record tonight in terms of fundraising."

    This is the state of American politics. This is what motivates political candidates anymore. It's not about issues, it's not about integrity, it's not about competency. It's about who can raise the most cash and claim bragging rights about it ...

    June 21, 2012 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  12. Gina

    Let us buy the election – Oh! wait – this is not for all the people per the constitution – onl y the rich. The billiionaires who are having a temper tantrum because they are not ripping the middle class off as easily as they did under Bush. Go ahead America – vote Romney in for president and back to the future we go!

    June 21, 2012 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  13. 1zb1

    Romney and the Republicans basic argument: Obama has not done enough to fix the mess we created so we need to do more of the same thing that got us into the mess in the first place.

    June 21, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  14. LiberaLIowan

    Love to see Adelson and the Koch brothers throwing their money down a rat hole!

    June 21, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  15. uhoh

    Scene 1 (GOP back room)
    #1 out of touch GOP leader: Well since we have no good stance on issues, can we buy the White House?
    #2 out of touch GOP leader: I think so! Our canidate has more money than each of the 3 record breaking Mega Millions winners.
    (scene fades out from two overweight white guys smoking big cigars and laughing)

    June 21, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  16. John

    The Billionaire and the Millionaire are just trying to Buy this election for Mitt Romney, That because they know he Is about a bunch of crap. I can't see why any body would vote for this guy. Except maybe the 1%!

    June 21, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  17. LaPlut

    Thanks to the right leaning Supreme Court and their Citizens United vote, we are nearing a plutocracy and will be even more so with this guy if he wins. It's amazing the ignorance in this country and how it's allowed.

    June 21, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
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