Romney campaign reports massive fund-raising haul
October 25th, 2012
10:06 AM ET
1 year ago

Romney campaign reports massive fund-raising haul

(CNN) – Mitt Romney's team raised nearly $112 million in the first half of October, his spokeswoman Andrea Saul posted Thursday on Twitter.

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Romney's monthly cash hauls come from his campaign, the Republican National Committee and fund-raising efforts by state and local parties.

In a separate release, the campaign said nearly 92% of donations received between October 1 and October 17 were $250 or less. And with less than two weeks before Election Day, Romney's team reports having $169 million cash on hand.

The GOP nominee saw a boost in poll numbers this month after a series of strong debate performances. Following the first presidential debate on October 3, his campaign announced they raised $12 million in 48 hours.

The latest numbers do not include fund-raising that occurred around the final presidential debate, which took place Monday, October 22.

A major super PAC supporting Romney's candidacy had a strong night, too, the group's founder said the day after the debate.

"I think that today will probably be the best fund-raising day we've had, if not one of the top two fund-raising days we've ever had," Charlie Spies of Restore our Future said on CNN's Erin Burnett "OutFront."

In September, the Romney effort raised $170 million, while President Barack Obama's team raised $181 million last month.

Romney's campaign announced they held their final fund-raiser for the cycle on Saturday, shifting focus to public rallies in the final two weeks of the race.

Through the end of September, Romney had raised more than $361.3 million this cycle, Federal Election Commission records show.

His running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, however, continues to attend fund-raisers this week.

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

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soundoff (76 Responses)
  1. Karon

    If what this story is saying is true then around 500 thousand Americans donated 250 dollars each to Romney campaign in the 1st part of October. I don't believe that is true. I do not believe that happen but its not unusual for Romney to skew numbers. We are all use to him doing it.

    October 25, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  2. B.

    Republicans historic effort to BUY the election, it won’t work as Biden said "Don’t bet against the American people".

    October 25, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  3. boyamidumb

    Yes, America is truly a land of equal opportunity where every child can grow up with the potential of being president.

    And then the Easter Bunny said to Santa Claus................

    October 25, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  4. kelvin

    obama has outspent romney

    October 25, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  5. josh

    No money can beat the 'silent majority' of the people.

    Haven't we been robbed already?

    Romney got Richer than Richard by robbing a good manufacturing jobs all over the country, that is not enough for him now he wants to do it in a big scale – wow!!

    Time for the majority to make a statement – There are things money can`t buy, one of them is the WH!!!

    October 25, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. Told ya

    At least he's not going to run a budget shortfall, much like the dems have been doing this campaign season. Kind of puts everything in perspective....ya think?

    October 25, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  7. M.S.

    The Federal Trade Commission had Obama listed as raising $755 million as of September and Romney at $710 million. Whoever says republicans are buying the election are either naive or behind the bell curve on IQ.

    October 25, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  8. cnnmembuh

    Karon – why so incredulous? Your math is a bit off...92% of $112,000,000 is $103,040,000, divided by 250 = 412,160. That would amount to approximately .0013% of the population of the U.S., a pretty believable statistic.

    October 25, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  9. RR

    All the money in China will not help......

    October 25, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. Joe

    awww poor liberals all sad because their profit is a dud.

    October 25, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  11. gladiatorgrl

    the 1% seem to be nervous

    October 25, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  12. Max

    It's all over for Obama! With Benghazigate now PROVING that Obama lied to us constantly and let our Ambassador die, his support will drop dramatically. People also know if he's re-elected he would be impeached and noone wants to go through that again. Bye Bye Obama!

    October 25, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  13. Four and The Door

    Louis in Wisc.
    All the $ in the world won't buy this CULT leader the election..
    _____________________________________________________________________________________
    But his ideas, plans and ability to make them look better than what Obama has been delivering will.
    That's why the debates have been such a boost.

    October 25, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  14. danita

    Hope Jay -Z Obama's drug lord and the rest who gave money to Obama was just a waste. Romney 2012... Oh maybe obama will have some money left over and be forced to repay tax money he stole from Medicare to give to Medicad for the victoms of people who want work and will not work... Medicad is for lazy people and extremly low income for the most part. Not for anyone who is paying federal taxes...

    October 25, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. BOB

    Good, use it all to unseat one of the worst presidents ever!

    October 25, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  16. Republican supporter of President Obama

    The economy is doing really bad if there is so much money availble to donate to a campaign (note the sarcasm).

    The GOP is wrapping up a busted package they damaged and reselling it as brand spanking new.

    To all the rich people donating – why are you willing to donate but not willing to pay your fair share of taxes?

    October 25, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  17. unknown11

    Didn't I see some numbers that Obama has outraised and outspent Romney like 2 or 3 to one? How does this fit in with the narrative that CNN is trying to sell here?

    October 25, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  18. Frank in Pensacola

    Hardly surprising Mittens RMoney raised a lot of cash. Even if only 1% of the donations were NOT in the $250 or less range, some of that 1% could have been from his billionaire buddies who OF COURSE don't expect any favors, kickbacks, or ambassadorships in return. Also, didn't ANYONE see the FOX channel fundraising ads on Tuesday? Call now – Mitt needs your help? They had a 10 minute timer ticking down and were telling people to CALL NOW and donate so they could raise $10 millioni in 10 minutes. There was a somewhat sad and pathetic picture of Mittens standing at a podium... It was like a lame cross between a Public Television fundraiser and the Home Shopping Network (real simulated cubic zirconia – Buy For Now!!!).

    October 25, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  19. J

    Nice how CNN doesn't mention how the Obama campaign has raked in MORE money and is spending even more to BUY his re-election and shove through more of his failed policies and broken promises.

    October 25, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  20. Dan Clayton

    It is quite funny to me to hear how much the Republicans are going to buy the Election, when Obama has spent nearly double what Romney has spent to date... Do your fact checking people, it is available right here on CNN. I donated to Romney less than 250, and know many of my fellow conservatives who did as well. Its my endorsemtn of the vision he stated and my concern that Obama doesn't have an economic vision

    October 25, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  21. Mark

    This is noted out of the Boston Globe this morning. """"Governor Deval Patrick said today that voters in the presidential race should take note of polls showing Republican nominee Mitt Romney trailing far behind President Obama in Massachusetts, the state where he both lives and once served as governor, because it should tell them something."" """and he is trailing 20 to 25 points."""

    October 25, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  22. Frank in Pensacola

    Ironic, really, since Mittens RMoney has already said he'll cut funding for public TV. Of course, that could be just hot air. He's been changing positions so much you swear he's channelling Obama in hopes of confusing voters come election day.

    Hmmm...maybe he WASN'T channelling Obama. Maybe RMoney was just lying, again. Seems to be a theme w/him and Ryan.

    October 25, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

    Oops. Looks as if Mitt Romney is still running on the delusional ticket. Sad to see CNN "buy" into the hype.

    October 25, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  24. iceload9

    This probably isn't as destructive at the national level as one sides money cancels out the other and the press print anything that happens. I imagine there are states being bought out as there is no national attention and the side with the money owns the state.

    October 25, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  25. Donald "ORANGE JULIUS" Trump

    If I was a billionaire and a wanted poor people to fight my wars, protect my wealth, shine my shoes and clean my pools, I'd pump a few million into Mr. Romney as well.

    Lower my income taxes. Eliminate my inheritance taxes. And while you're at it, eliminate my capital gains taxes.

    October 25, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
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