Romney lands second $100 million month
August 6th, 2012
05:50 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney lands second $100 million month

(CNN) – The fundraising effort of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney brought in more than $100 million for the second month in a row, his campaign said Monday morning.

The $101.3 million haul is just shy of the campaign’s June fundraising, which reached $106.1 million.

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Romney's effort ended July with $185.9 million cash on hand, up from the $160 million in the campaign war chest at the end of June.

Both numbers include money raised by Romney's campaign, the Republican National Committee, and several state parties in a joint committee known as Romney Victory.

President Barack Obama and the Democratic National Committee, meanwhile, raised $75 million in July, marking the third consecutive month the president has been outraised by his Republican challenger. Obama's similar alliance of committees raised $71 million in June.

Romney's campaign said nearly 95% of donations - some 600,627 - received in July were for $250 or less.

In July, Romney's fundraisers included one held in Jerusalem and attended by major GOP donor Sheldon Adelson.

In announcing the numbers, Romney Victory National Finance Chairman Spencer Zwick said, "We are honored to have the support of a broad spectrum of donors—independents, Democrats and Republicans—whose support of Governor Romney shows that he has the needed plan to jumpstart our economy and get the country on the right track again.

"We are well on track to raise the money to be successful in November," he continued.

Zwick and a couple members of his finance team joined Romney on the road last week, attending closed finance events in Reno, Nevada, as well as one in Sun Valley, Idaho where Romney picked up Clint Eastwood's endorsement. The fundraisers, having occurred in the first week of August, did not factor into July's numbers.

In Sun Valley, Romney's young finance chair spoke briefly about how the campaign has outraised the competition and has more cash on hand than the Obama team.

"I want you to know we're using this money very wisely," Zwick said before urging donors to help them "turn this campaign into a cause" by reaching out to their friends and colleagues across the country.

– CNN's Gregory Wallace and Shawna Shepherd contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Fundraising • Mitt Romney
soundoff (310 Responses)
  1. Indy

    And every donor expects a tax break from Mitts,otherwise there is no reason to give to the Romney Fund. Amazing that people would send money to someone who hides his tax returns and his only policy is to lower taxes for the rich and relive the Bush years

    August 6, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  2. mrrational

    The GOP claims the rich need more tax breaks so they have more money to create jobs. So why are the rich giving away 100 million dollars a month to Mitt Romney's political campaign. It's clear to me that they can certainly afford a fair tax rate if they can collectively throw away 100 million dollars away each month.

    August 6, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  3. mrrational

    @DJ. When you look at the number of donors and the amount they donated the number of donors is larger and the amounts are much smaller for Obama. Big difference, especially when the GOP is claiming they can't afford a fair tax rate.

    August 6, 2012 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  4. David

    I hope for our nation's sake Romney wins. We can not afford another 4 years of Obama.

    August 6, 2012 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  5. Governor 47th In Job Creation (Excluding Off-shored to China and India)

    Waste of money; he's not going to win.
    Release those taxes Willard, the issue is not going away!

    August 6, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  6. Name

    He's still gonna lose

    August 6, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  7. Britannia

    What if ........ everything donated to all candidates, all those hundreds and hundreds of millions, what if it were all donated to help the homeless, jobless, hungry, sick, injured, states, federal government etc. etc.? Wouldn't that be a tremendous thing to happen? Oh, forgot, this is the real world. The world where nobody cares about anything but grabbing all the money and power they can, getting way ahead of the pack and the devil take the hindmost!

    August 6, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  8. dave

    Bush nearly wrecked the country, why do you what to repeat that with Romney

    August 6, 2012 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  9. SCOTO

    Wonder how long the American people will tolerate this hijacking of their democracy by money

    August 6, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  10. Khaleeshi

    I hope for the nation and working class that President Obama wins – we can't afford more tax breaks for the millionaires and billionaires on the backs of the middle class and poor. This nation does not need Adelson and the billionaire boys club's puppet for president. Willard is as slippery as a greased pig – wearing lipstick.

    August 6, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  11. ST

    It doesn't matter how much mega dollars are received now, it won't make any difference. A lot of people have already made their mind and will not be swayed by any fireworks of ads. We have to give credit to the Obama campaign. Through experience , they know exactly how to conduct the campaign and when, what, how to do it.

    August 6, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  12. Fair is Fair

    "Romney don't need any donations....Let him use the illegal money he has in his overeas accounts i'm hearing its millions!"
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    If you're "hearing" it... CITE YOUR SOURCES. And while you're at it, tell the senate majority leader to do the same.

    August 6, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  13. sayer

    ...government of the rich, by the rich, and for the rich shall not perish...

    August 6, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  14. JD

    For those jumping on DJ, 600,000 *$250=$150,000,000. Where did the othe $600,000,000 come from in '08?

    August 6, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  15. Malory Archer

    DJ

    Interesting how some complained about the amount of donations to the campaign Obama raised in 2008. And yet in 2012 it's mittens with the large amounts and that's ok?? Double standards taking place, I guess!!

    August 6, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  16. gep1955

    At least Romney is collecting donations in a more conventional manner than Obama. Telling people to forgo gifts to weddings and instead send them to the DNC and setting up lotteries to win a dinner with the president. He's not leader of the free world, he's a game show host. He has no sense of dignity for the office he holds. Chicago politics has come to Washington. Citizens of Illinois, you have my sympathies.

    August 6, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  17. Malory Archer

    Not A Socialist

    "95% of donations – some 600,627 – received in July were for $250 or less. "

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

    The mittens campaign lies about everything else – why should we believe them about this?

    August 6, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  18. Reggie19

    Democrats as usual making excuses for Romney being ahead of Obama in fundraising. Its about time that Obama concentrate on his job as president and forget the fundraising. He will be voted out in November anyway so he should at least try to do some of the work which he is being paid to do.

    August 6, 2012 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  19. Brooke

    For those are for Romney, give me one reason why if you are poor and the middle class ? Maybe Romney has one thing going for him is his skin color and that is not a reason. Romney will destroy this country in more ways than one. He is not ready for Prime Time, he is a CEO not a President. He always want more than what he needs, and that my friend is the reason why no taxs reveal. Romney is not for the middle class, he can not even relate to the middle class. He is a rich cat that wants to become President, just because his father failed at the task. His desires will destroy us and you better believe that. So if you can ask your self why Romney and does he have your best interest in place than you know. He is not for the People......Romney is for self. Good guy but not fit to be President......

    August 6, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  20. DJ

    @David you better hope this President is re-elected because why you want to vote for Mitt who wants to take the country back to Policies that don't work I don't know?

    August 6, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  21. Tree

    gep1955

    At least Romney is collecting donations in a more conventional manner than Obama. Telling people to forgo gifts to weddings and instead send them to the DNC and setting up lotteries to win a dinner with the president. He's not leader of the free world, he's a game show host. He has no sense of dignity for the office he holds. Chicago politics has come to Washington. Citizens of Illinois, you have my sympathies.

    August 6, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
    Silly you Romney did the same thing....now your facts before you start the lies........

    August 6, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  22. Reggie from LA

    He's gonna need every cent to buy some ads that will counter the truth out there on him. I didn't say he's lying and disingenuous. His past and his actions do, but vote for him anyway. You're probably brainwashed enough or really so loyal to the GOP/TP party line that you can't think straight.

    August 6, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  23. Cedar Rapids

    Funny but when Obama was talking about how much his campaign was bringing in those on the right were claiming he was trying to 'buy the election', now that Romeny is supposedly bringing in more there is only crickets from the right.

    August 6, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  24. Clarke

    The money that is used to buy favors, Iam talking about all politicians, no matter the party. I feel they should all have the same amount of money and we could see how they handle the budget.

    August 6, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  25. kurtinco

    Well that's all there is now. We might as well not even have an election since it is clear that the amount of money one raises is the only remaining criteria of note.

    August 6, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
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