RNC announces $20M raised in first half of month
October 25th, 2012
05:30 PM ET
1 year ago

RNC announces $20M raised in first half of month

(CNN) - The Republican National Committee brought in nearly $20 million in the first half of the October and is buying more ad time in Wisconsin, RNC chairman Reince Priebus said Thursday.

Priebus said a filing with the Federal Election Commission will show the committee raised over $19.8 million between October 1 and 17 and ended the period with $67.6 million cash on hand.

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Earlier in the day, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's campaign said their efforts - which includes joint fund-raising with the RNC - brought in $111.8 million in the first half of the month.

The Romney campaign announcement included monies raised by his campaign, the RNC, and the Romney Victory committee. They ended that time period with $169 million cash on hand.

The first 17 days of October saw two of the three presidential debates - including one on October 3, when two in three debate watchers said in a CNN/ORC International poll that Romney won - as well as the sole vice presidential debate of this campaign.

Thursday is the FEC deadline for campaigns, party committees, and other groups to file pre-general election paperwork.

Priebus said the RNC decided on Wednesday to invest $1.3 million on ads in Wisconsin, one of eight toss up states on the CNN Electoral Map. The Badger state has 10 electoral votes and could aid Romney's road to the White House.

"Our resources have allowed us to go beyond funding the ground game and add additional resources to our broadcast advertising," Priebus said in a statement. "The RNC has now spent in excess of $60 million in advertising in support of the GOP team."

Neither President Barack Obama's campaign nor the Democratic National Committee have filed their pre-general election report as of this writing.

– CNN's Gregory Wallace and Ashley Killough contributed to this report

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. becky

    If I were a member of one of these political parties I would be asking just how much money do we need. The amount of money being spent for this election is outrageous. We are on overkill right now from all of these ads. Does anyone really think all of these ads work? Does anyone recognize the fact that this negative barrage of ads is just turning people away from the polls.

    Take some of that money and do something useful like feeding the hungry, providing affordable housing to relieve the problems of homeless families, and helping people to pay for energy costs.

    October 25, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  2. kayla

    is that from the koch brothers?

    October 25, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  3. Travis

    @ Becky
    My thoughts exactly. I've often wondered what happens to the money that is left over after they no longer need those ads. Surely they don't spend every last dime, do they?

    If either side was interested in getting my vote, using some of that money to do what you suggested would go a long way to show that they really care about people who are really struggling.

    October 25, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  4. NameNC_Right

    Born in ny now live in NC. Already voted. Romney/Ryan 2012

    October 25, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  5. mary_saff

    of course the billionaires and millionaires supporting GOP want to buy the election, but we (people of America and swing states) will exercise our right to vote which would make you GOPErs all take some time off after the election to go to Cayman Island and hopefully remain there for a foreseeable future.

    October 25, 2012 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Michael Steele, the former fired RNC chair person, should now recognize the Republicans weren't ever going to give money to him until he could swing minority votes their way, he didn't, they fired him and used the lack of his ability to bring money in as their reason for firing him. They used Michael Steele and the poor fool still doesn't recognize it.

    October 25, 2012 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  7. lisa s n.j.

    The money being spent on this campaign is obscene.

    October 25, 2012 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  8. Gurgyl

    It is a tax evaded money–a sin money. Let them spend on our shores instead of CHINA, SENSATA factory of Bain capital.

    October 25, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  9. cbr

    Mr. Priebus is like a proud rooster. He is crowing about his accomplishments. However he never mentions just how this money will be spent. Just keep giving is his motto and some people do. AT this point in the campaign we need to realize that we do not need to throw more money at the candidates. The Republicans in particular have PACs providing ads across America. How many more ads do they think we can tolerate?

    October 25, 2012 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  10. jinx88

    Yep just keep giving Mittens the money. People should read the comments on Yahoo by the Repukes that Mittens is over 50%, I didnt have the heart to tell them the its the electoral votes that matter. LMAO.

    October 25, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  11. Thomas

    @becky
    If I were a member of one of these political parties I would be asking just how much money do we need. The amount of money being spent for this election is outrageous. We are on overkill right now from all of these ads. Does anyone really think all of these ads work? Does anyone recognize the fact that this negative barrage of ads is just turning people away from the polls.

    Take some of that money and do something useful like feeding the hungry, providing affordable housing to relieve the problems of homeless families, and helping people to pay for energy costs.

    ====

    What you say is so true , thank you .

    If Government's don't create jobs , then why are corporations spending so much money to control Goverments ?

    I understand that people great jobs , then why are we a Government for the people , by the people . I don't wants to be in a corporation by the corporations , for the people , that

    October 25, 2012 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  12. GI Joe

    Peanut money for Koch, Adelson, or Rove

    October 25, 2012 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  13. NameTomo

    Becky,
    Republicans also think the money spent on the campaigns is ludicrous. They believe that the money spent would be better put to tax cuts!

    October 25, 2012 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |