Romney holds final fund-raiser of 2012 campaign, aide says
October 20th, 2012
11:11 PM ET
6 years ago

Romney holds final fund-raiser of 2012 campaign, aide says

(CNN) - Put down that checkbook: Mitt Romney's formal fund-raiser season is over.

Just over two weeks out from Election Day, the Republican presidential candidate held on Saturday night his final formal fund-raising event, spokesman Rick Gorka said.

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Romney has attended fund-raisers from coast to coast - and even overseas in London and Israel - on his quest to win the White House. In total, he has raised more than $361.3 million this cycle, Federal Election Commission records through the end of September show.

From these events came a number of headlines, such as the candidate's 47% remarks and the detailed suggestion of several government departments he might scale back or close.

Between fund-raising events in August, the candidate told reporters he would rather be on the campaign trail, but fund-raising would be essential to remain competitive with President Barack Obama. Through the end of September, Obama raised more than $567.4 million, according to FEC records.

"That's a challenge with a president who blew through the federal spending limits," Romney said. "It means that campaigns now have to spend a disproportionate amount of time fund-raising. You appreciate all the help you get, but you wish you could spend more time on the campaign trail."

Saturday's final fund-raisers - which included events at two separate locations for donors of different levels - were held at private homes and reporters were not allowed to attend.

The first half was held at the home of Dwight Schar, who is part owner of the Washington Redskins. The second half was at the home of billionaire investor Wilbur Ross.

Although he will no longer attend formal fund-raising events, the GOP candidate will continue to accept donations through his website, by mail and via text message.

His running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, will hold fund-raising events this week.

- CNN's Gregory Wallace and Rachel Streitfeld contributed to this report

Filed under: 2012 • Fundraising • Mitt Romney
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. JG-Texas

    Not open to the press huh? Wonder why..

    October 20, 2012 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  2. bueno

    This guy wants to lie his way to the presidency.

    October 20, 2012 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  3. 2020

    Romney will build a fortress around fund raising event now, but, nothing to guard his own mouth.

    From 47% bashing he will go right up to 99%. Those baster burnt my dream job. When I get into WH, I will issue executive order to arrest them all so we, 1% can this country to ourselves.

    October 20, 2012 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  4. Brian

    Funny that Romney makes this announcement while the same day Ryan announces he is going on a fund raising stump.

    October 21, 2012 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  5. John

    I'm still writing a check for the Republican Party. Obama has failed BIG TIME.

    October 21, 2012 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  6. Thomas

    He sure has aged ,
    it's hard to believe Mitt's been running for President for the last seven years .

    He never talked about the economy and jobs back in 2007 , that was before the economy tanked , so much for his expertice and insight !

    October 21, 2012 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  7. eciam

    A Tax Dodger For President, How Sad!
    We all Know Why Rich Americans Put There Money In Off Shore Bank Accounts.
    Mitt Has An Off Shore "Business" a Shell Company, That Does One Thing And One Thing Only, And That's To Hide His True Taxable Income! And America Is Ok With This. Had This Been Obama, OH MY GOD!
    Cayman Is. Accts, Swiss Bank Accts, Shell Company, Afraid To show more than twos of Tax returns.
    "47%ER" For Obama/Biden

    October 21, 2012 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  8. Thomas

    China tariffs on US steel: WTO rejects Beijing's appeal
    "Today we are again plainly stating that we will continue to take every step necessary to ensure that China plays by the rules and does not unfairly restrict exports of US products," US trade representative Ron Kirk said.

    But despite these actions, Mr Romney has accused Mr Obama of being too soft on China.

    Analysts said the latest decision by the WTO was likely to provide a boost to Mr Obama's campaign.

    "[It's] a small benefit for the Obama campaign because it can advertise 'beating China' in Ohio," said Derek Scissors, a research fellow at the Heritage Foundation.

    October 21, 2012 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  9. eciam

    He warned that Obama will "keep his war on coal going. Over a hundred coal plants are scheduled to close costing us thousands of jobs. Just a month ago we lost "1200 coal jobs" in states like Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Virginia."

    Obama Saved "Millions of Jobs" with the Auto Bail-Out!

    October 21, 2012 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  10. enuff

    Pulling his campaign out of states early...choosing not to fundraise anymore... doesn't sound like he is fighting too hard to the bitter end.

    October 21, 2012 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  11. donna

    A final fundraiser? I envision something like this:

    "Hi, this is McRomley. We're having a great American smokeout, at 10,000 a bowl. Whaddya say?"

    October 21, 2012 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  12. Larry in Houston

    361.3 mill – vs. 567.4 – makes you wonder if all that money was spent for trying to get those 23 mill working – pitiful I tell ya, Just pitiful. Neither one truly deserves to be in the white house.

    May the Best Man Win – 2012
    Hillary – 2016 ( with a "surplus" in – 2018 )

    October 21, 2012 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  13. the GOP is full of RETARDS

    With Mitt's ship sinking, this is probably the first step towards the GOP's death.

    October 21, 2012 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  14. Squigman

    Wouldn't give this clown 2 cents.

    October 21, 2012 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  15. Morning1Su,

    All those millions down the toilet. Mitt Romney could have donated all that money to charity instead of throwing all away on negative ads. What goes around comes around. Mitt Romney has flip flopped and lied and put the American people through hell. Can't wait for Nov. 6. We can go back to peace and calm and regular programming.

    October 21, 2012 03:09 am at 3:09 am |
  16. Micha

    Romney doesn't have to worry about losing now. His family bough the company that made the voting machines and the company that tallies the voting machines. Something is very fishy here. If he can't win legally, he will buy the election.

    October 21, 2012 03:13 am at 3:13 am |
  17. anonoymous

    I guess it's too close to the election for Romney to have an honest talk with his rich buddies to chance another open mouth insert foot moment.

    October 21, 2012 04:09 am at 4:09 am |

    Gov Mitt Romney will eventually win the election. This is because he is doing well.

    October 21, 2012 05:30 am at 5:30 am |
  19. Iamnotfooled

    President Obama has millions behind him from regular people. 17 billionaires are trying to buy America with Romney.

    October 21, 2012 05:36 am at 5:36 am |
  20. Senses

    And some just lie their way through and etch – sketch the whole thing over.. Romney you are a phoney !

    October 21, 2012 06:12 am at 6:12 am |
  21. Namejkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    Sure loser in three weeks mit ,were you lieing to your stupid donors with your 47%comment ,or are you lieing to 100% of the American people with your
    New position of I care for 100% of the American people . Would you trust this lieing gop bafoon , gop train wreck on Nov6!!!!

    October 21, 2012 08:42 am at 8:42 am |