Romney raises $5 million in N.Y. and N.J.
August 9th, 2012
11:57 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney raises $5 million in N.Y. and N.J.

New York (CNN) – Mitt Romney will raise a whopping $5 million after a two-day fundraising swing in New York and New Jersey, according to his finance chairman, Spencer Zwick.

Despite the impressive haul, the host of the Thursday morning reception and owner of the New York Jets, Woody Johnson, warned donors that Republicans still have more work to do.

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"We're about half-way through our fundraising, and so if you feel tired now, you gotta go take a couple vitamins because we're gonna really have a strong push to the finish line. It's a little bit like chopping wood. You look over at your pile and you can actually see how it looks," Johnson said.

Romney's presidential campaign and the Republican National Committee collectively out-raised their Democratic counterparts three months in a row. They brought in more than $100 million in June and July, and team Romney announced it had $185.9 million cash on hand at the end of last month.

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.

According to a campaign aide, two New Jersey fundraisers in Lakewood and Rumson Wednesday evening brought in $1.5 million.

Zwick said they raised $1.5 million alone at the morning event held at 583 Park Avenue on the tony Upper East Side. More than 600 donors dished out $2,500 to attend the breakfast and some paid $10,000 for a photograph with the White House hopeful.

Zwick said, "We're not going to use the money on things that don't matter, we're going to use the money to win."

And Romney is expected to bring in another $2 million from two more events - in Manhattan and Short Hills, New Jersey - Thursday afternoon making for the $5 million total.

CNN's Gregory Wallace contributed to this report.

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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    More good news... Looks like the country is really pitching in to get Romney in the Whitehouse. They know 4 more years of Obama will spell the end of the country.

    August 9, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  2. cali girl

    Oh yeah, hangin' with his NFL TEAM owners friends......typical 1%er.

    August 9, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  3. B.

    It will become a simple choice people, vote for someone; Romney, who’s goals are Money and Power first at any cost, or someone; Obama, who’s goals are People and this Country!

    August 9, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  4. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    cali girl - Oh yeah, hangin' with his NFL TEAM owners friends......typical 1%er.
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    As opposed to Obama's Hollywood 1%ers.... Or was Obama down at the OWS demonstrations accepting pennies and nickels?! We know he is getting DESPERATE for money.

    August 9, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  5. IF YOU SIGNED GROVER'S PLEDGE, YOU ARE A TRAITOR TO THE U.S.

    How many Wall St. bankers attended? I bet Mitt promised them the repeal of Dodd-Frank and more tax breaks. This greed is going to be the destruction of the middle class.

    August 9, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  6. Anthony

    All the money in the world will not help Romney get a plan that he can sell to the American people. Hiding his real economic plan (tax cuts for rich people like him) and his tax returns will not get Romney into the White House.

    August 9, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  7. Canuck

    @Obama 2012 – BEND Forward America etc
    "More good news... Looks like the country is really pitching in to get Romney in the Whitehouse"

    I absolutely understand the frustration with Obama, he has not delivered on much that he promised, but how can you imagine that a Republican in the White House will magically fix things? Look at their record!!! You're dreaming in colour!!!

    August 9, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  8. Mikey

    @Bend – "Looks like the country is really pitching in to get Romney in the Whitehouse. They know 4 more years of Obama will spell the end of the country."
    **********************************************************************
    LOL. If "the country" is a bunch of very wealthy individuals who have been promised a huge deficit ballooning tax break if they vote for Romney. Good for them – bad for the country. I always love the conspiracy theories and apocalyptical predictions that arise from the warped minds on the right. Sure, reelecting the President will end life on earth as we know it. I don't think many voters will be influence by the ravings of people who have such a tenuous grip on reality.

    August 9, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  9. Wake up people

    All these distractions and still no taxes. Can you imagine the outrage had this been President Obama that refused to do the one thing all other candidates did?? He would have never even been nominated. The hypocrisy of the GOP/baggers is absolutely astounding.

    OBAMA 2012!

    August 9, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    somebody wrote:

    As opposed to Obama's Hollywood 1%ers.... Or was Obama down at the OWS demonstrations accepting pennies and nickels?! We know he is getting DESPERATE for money.
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    Mitt Romney has his fair share of Hollywood 1%'ers. Ted Nugent, Clint Eastwood, that porn star, they're all for Mitt.

    August 9, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. Arch

    Money well spent to get rid of no hope and a change for the worse.

    August 9, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  12. edog

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

    More good news... Looks like the country is really pitching in to get Romney in the Whitehouse. They know 4 more years of Obama will spell the end of the country.
    --------------------------–

    If you consider a handful of billionaires and a house full of millionaires as "the country is really pitching in" then you are right.

    August 9, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "Or was Obama down at the OWS demonstrations accepting pennies and nickels?! We know he is getting DESPERATE for money."

    How so? Polls show him ahead and show Mittens' favorability plummeting. You think $70M+ in a month is somehow not going to be enough? Ridiculous. It'll get the job more than done.

    At least he and the Dems aren't out there enacting legislation specifically designed to suppress millions of votes. Who's desperate?

    August 9, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  14. cali girl

    Bend, Adkleson alone is up to 20 million and counting. Rove and Koch Bros have millions stashed away for their Super Pacs. Hollywood 1%ers did not even give that much all together.

    August 9, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  15. Keith A. Sillsbury

    5 Million... trump must have givin him that and he thinks he'll collect on that investment later. Not a chance rich boy. your gettin nowheres near the white house. Obama has proven to work methods dispite you and your parties efforts to stop this country from succeeding.

    August 9, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  16. indie52

    A hand full of wealthy donors will not win an election, as Meg Whitman. Although the GOP has obstructed Obama from trying to turn around the devastation caused by the Bush/GOP polices, Obama his still prevailing.

    August 9, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  17. Tony

    Bend over,
    It is hard for Obama to be desperate when he leads Romney in almost all of the battleground states. Do you know that Karl Rove's Electoral College map predicts an Obama's victory?

    August 9, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  18. george of the jungle

    He can raise all the money he wants people still don't like the slimey liar. Forward 2012 show us the tax returns

    August 9, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  19. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Zwick said, "We're not going to use the money on things that don't matter, we're going to use the money to win."

    Another well thought out comment coming from the "I'm Unemployed Too" branch of TeamRomney double-talk. I suspect there is a whole lot of things that don't matter where Mitt Romney comes from - including we the little people.

    August 9, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  20. Four and The Door

    Canuck
    I absolutely understand the frustration with Obama, he has not delivered on much that he promised, but how can you imagine that a Republican in the White House will magically fix things? Look at their record!!! You're dreaming in colour!!!
    __________________________________________________________________________________________
    It's not magic. In fact it is not that difficult to see what is not working. The US federal government spends way too much money. How much? About $1 trillion a year too much. So right now we are $16 trillion in the hole and paying interest on every penny of that. We will not be able to tax our way back as Obama/ Biden 2012 would expect you to believe. Our only option is to grow the economy in the private sector. Obama says this sector is fine but that's just not true. The problem is having someone at the top who understands how to get the private sector in growth mode. Mitt Romney is exactly that guy. Fortunate for us he also has significant success in the public sector as well. The answer is more logic than magic. It's not difficult. Romney 2012.

    August 9, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  21. Woman In California

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

    More good news... Looks like the country is really pitching in to get Romney in the Whitehouse. They know 4 more years of Obama will spell the end of the country.

    I dare you to post this in November.

    August 9, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  22. lies from the right but mostly hate

    People of the united states over corporate welfare for mitt robmeys election

    August 9, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |