July 16th, 2009
01:52 PM ET
11 years ago

Romney PAC raises $1.6M in six months

Mitt Romney's Free and Strong America PAC announced Thursday that it has raised $1.6 million during the first six months of this year.

Mitt Romney's Free and Strong America PAC announced Thursday that it has raised $1.6 million during the first six months of this year.

(CNN) – Former Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has bested fellow Republican Gov. Sarah Palin in the fundraising race in the first half of the year, a very early indicator of potential strength in the 2012 GOP presidential race.

Romney's Free and Strong America PAC raised $1.6 million in the first six months of this year, according to a statement released by the political action committee Thursday. (updated Thursday: a Romney aide has provided CNN with a total number of donors, both itemized and unitemized, for the first half of the year.)

Romney's take is more than twice the roughly $730,000 raised in the same period by Palin's SarahPAC - but the Alaska governor's political action committee has pulled in an additional $200,000 since she announced July 3 that she would be leaving office by the end of the month. Romney and Palin each received funds from more than 11,000 contributors.

Romney's PAC had roughly $841,000 in cash on hand as of June 30. It said Thursday it had contributed about $36,000 to federal candidates and political action committees and nearly another $27,000 to state candidates.

Romney's PAC contributed $5000 each to South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor, Missouri Rep. Roy Blunt, and to Jim Tedisco, who mounted an unsuccessful bid in New York's 20th Congressional District during a special election earlier this year. The PAC also contributed $1000 each to a group of Republicans who were targeted in a Democratic ad campaign because of their opposition to the $787 stimulus bill passed soon after President Obama took office.

Romney's PAC contributed to four Republicans in Virginia running for state offices, as well as to Chris Christie who is running against New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine in 2010.

The New Hampshire affiliate of Romney's federal PAC also contributed $10,000 to the New Hampshire Republican Party, according to Thursday's statement.

(updated to reflect additional information from the Romney team)

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  1. bglg2005

    Dan July 16th, 2009 12:36 pm ET

    Suzi, help me understand your point. Yes, per the Tax Foundation, the top 1% make 22% of the adjusted gross income, but they pay 40% of the total federal income taxes. Also, the top 25% make 68% of the income and pay 86% of the taxes and the top 50% of taxpayers pay 97% of the taxes. So, the more "rich" people make, the more the government gets. Yes, we should all work together and the government should help where appropriate, but the government can only provide help with money we give them except when they borrow from the future. Any way, we all need to do our best and not make it sound like all Republicans are hard-hearted devils and all Democrats are loving saints. I think we are both get up each day and try to make a living.
    an unbiased post that was well stated, I guess there is a first time for everthing

    July 16, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. SlowGun

    @mnjack July 16th, 2009 12:36 pm ET

    People just will not listen to the reason for Palin stepping down from
    All they will say is Palin is a quitter, quitter, quitter, quitter, quitter,
    like a broken record and a f-king two year old.

    Alaska is paying millions of dollars on stupid ethic issues
    constantly being brought against Palin. She is also spending more
    of her money and time having to defend the issues because there
    is NO choice. That prevents here from doing her job to the full extent.

    It does make sense for her to step aside and these baseless ethic complaints need to be halted somehow legally so lawmakers can
    do there job.


    mnjack, you are right...however, you don't know what these "baseless" ethic complaints are. Alaska laws does not allow them to be public. So because of the way she operates / governs...she quit because she has become a liability to the people of Alaska.

    July 16, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  3. Megan

    These are the people the Republican party is standing behind at this point???? Two religious nut jobs???? What a joke! These two could NEVER have universal appeal, nor would they appeal to independents.

    July 16, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  4. Rumsfeld

    Palin and Romney, your time is not now. I sincerely hope that Romney crushes Palin....just to erase her from the public eye.

    July 16, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  5. You lose all credibility when you say Palin is smart

    @Dave, the truth teller,

    So you hate when "libs" call Repubs names but then you go ahead and do it yourself?

    And you wonder why we call you uneducated. It's because if you hate when someone does something you don't turn around and do it too. Then you are no better than the libs.

    But I come to expect this from Repubs. Perfect examples of not practicing what you preach: Sanford and Ensign.

    You have no voice, your just a blip on the radar when you act like the people you condemn.

    July 16, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. Sheri

    Dave, the truth teller July 16th, 2009 12:40 pm ET -I laugh at the Lib monkeys calling anybody who does not worship Obama, or the other Dem stooges, names such as "white trash", "haters", "undereducated", etc. Lib monkeys like to think of themselves as elite, educated, monkeys. The problem is that once they leave mommy and daddy's cage or their own government-funded cage, they are lost little monkeys. That's why they need government to hold their little monkey hands at the expense of those who work hard for their money. Lib monkeys are soooo predictable.-------- But it's perfectly acceptable for you to call Liberals monkeys? (I'm thinking your attempting a bit of racism there!) To make the comment that all live on welfare? That none of us work hard? Hypocrite! Well, I am a liberal, am VERY educated, and work hard, I own my own business. You? Or is acting like a 3rd grader something you find acceptable?

    July 16, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. Mark

    Romney and Palin would be a dream ticket. President Romney and Vice President Palin have a nice ring...

    July 16, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  8. Butch

    Romney is the only viable/credible candidate of the two.

    Palin can't govern Alaska, let alone the United States. Romney has governed severely more complex institutions and organizations, both public and private. He is extremely intelligent and competent. Palin is a broken record of spoon fed one-liners. Even John McCain, the king of repetetive one-liners, wouldn't let her in public.

    Here is a prediction: Palin will team up with Huckabee in the not far distant future and begin buidling an evangelical/white trash base in an attempt to get rid of the Republican Party's only good candidate. Romney should recruit Gingrich or Jeb Bush to solidify the South and wipe-up the Palin/Huckabee stain for good.

    July 16, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  9. history repeats

    Mike in LR

    wow you really think the US government is like high school. you say russia and iran are laughing at the president behind his back? obama cant get any friends?! its so obvious how much world experience a palin or romney FAN has. they graduate high school and just sit around for years. and all they do is compare whats going on in the real world to what happened in their glory days in high school.....THIS GUY SAID RUSSIA IS LAUGHING AT OBAMA BEHIND HIS BACK lol how would he know??!! what is this gossip girl?

    July 16, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  10. Steve

    Romney has charisma, family values, leadership qualities and a president that we can be proud off in the real world, not just in Africa. Liberal hate mongers of course don't agree, they will want to stay the course. We have too many Democrats in Congress already who are worthless. We need real leaders, Romney and Jeb Bush in 2012. Real people that represent all Americans not just the blacks and latinos.

    July 16, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  11. Joe Publicini

    to Hawaii gal

    Obama puts his pants on the same way we all do. And why would you not want an ordinary person representing you? An ordinary person understands you! An ordianary person can relate to your struggles. Don't sell yourself short.

    July 16, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. johnnie

    Mitt is a loser and a republican (fool of fools) the gop does not like this (guy) No respect to the President , who just got elected and doing a great job of it, to even raising money for 2012, he has no (NEW) ideas...... He is .... A ...... Big....... Joke......

    July 16, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. FORMER republican, NEVER again!

    As a reformed republican who could NEVER vote republican again I would truly welcome a run of mitt/palin or mitt/anybody against the great President whom we have now. By the way, you republicans still don't get it do you? YOur racism, hatred and bigotry are why more and more have turned their backs on the republican party, myself included. You guys keep losing elections and yet you still act like neanderthals. And your too thick to even realize this country wants a change.

    July 16, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  14. Holy Universal Healthcare, Batman!!!!!

    Hey, it doesn't really matter how much money they raise, because nobody is going to beat Obama. The American People rejected Palin when she was only a VP candidate, you mean to tell me they won't reject her when she is vying for the top spot? Romney is the better of the two, and has a better chance, but he still cannot beat Obama. The Republican party mantra and status quo is weakened, and will be for some time. Palin is going to run on the assumption that another far right, evanglically induced, conservatively righteous candidate isn't going to get involved. If Mike Huckabee decides to step in this race, Sarah's goose is cooked. He is far more appealing to moderate republicans than the moose hunter ever will be. And thats not saying Romney couldn't whoop her either. I think Romney will be the Republican Nominee for the Presidency in 2012, but hey you never know whats going to happen. But none of them can beat Obama. You can take that to the bank.

    July 16, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. landon kelsey

    Rush Palin 2012 we need some laughs!
    Letterman said the GOP will be back about the time Bernies gets out of prison

    July 16, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  16. Ugh

    @ GOP = Party of Tolerance – what is Palin running for senate now? Because the next Presidential election is in 2012, not 2010. If "the elite" as you put it refers to those of us who can add 2008 + 4, I can easily say I'm proud to be a part of it. Meanwhile, it's pretty sad to see so many people throwing their money down the drain on her political future – she may be able to rile up the extremists and members of the conservative base, but she will never get elected in a national, general election. Romney has more bipartisan appeal and I believe he is much more deserving of the public's respect and admiration. Meanwhile, I'd be more likely to put money on Sarah Palin taking over for Jerry Springer than ever being elected President. And that's the truth. Besides Romney, these are the only well known Republicans I have any respect for: Colin Powell, John McCain (even though I didn't vote for him), Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, and Dick Lugar. I can name them on one hand and I still wouldn't vote for any of them for POTUS.

    July 16, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  17. JakeD

    Hawaii gal:

    According to the web site, SarahPAC is "[d]edicated to building America's future, supporting fresh ideas and candidates who share our vision for reform and innovation. " In addition, she has hinted at an Independent Conservative Movement.

    Any other questions?

    July 16, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  18. The Game

    1st Huckabee, then Romney is CNN looking for a GOP favorite for 2012 ?? Keep looking

    July 16, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  19. maddogjl

    At least Romney has a brain. Palin is far and away the dumbest person to ever run for any public office. She's even dumber than dumbya Bush, and that's scary by iteself.

    July 16, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  20. history repeats


    heres a STATISTIC i made $95,000 last year and got taxed almost $30,000. the owner of my company made a few million but because hes self employed and writes everything off he spent about $50,000 in taxes.....thats the system. dont even get me into the offshore accounts!!! w2 employees dont have that luxury to make massive amounts of money and not pay taxes on it!!!

    July 16, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  21. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    Sarah Palin too chicken to do battle in the 2012 GOP primary debates. It will be a laugh riot hearing her go against Ron Paul, Huck, Jindal, Romney. Do you think they are going to be nice to her?

    She will get CREAMED and she knows it.

    So she will either: A. Not run and pretend she has better things to do.

    or B. Go independent and siphon votes from the GOP winner.

    She is so transparant.

    July 16, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  22. Robert

    Hey Stupidmechanic.

    Soccer Mom from N.C;

    "According to Palin's income tax returns, the house was assessed at more than half a million dollars — $552,000 to be exact. "

    I dunno how many average people have a $550K house. I'd guess the 550K is about 350K over what any median home price would be. Add to that the average floor workers house would be $150K or less.

    Have you even looked at any other markets? your average house in Ca. is around 650,000 to 750,000.

    July 16, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  23. sharper

    When BO took office, he inherited about a trillion dollars debt.

    When Romney takes office in 2012, he will inherit more than 10 trillions dollars debt (because BO's spending is 3-4 times bigger than all former presidents combined).

    But I have faith in Romney because is an economic genius, not like BO who is just a community organizer.

    July 16, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  24. JakeD


    There were actually 60 MILLION "nincompoops" (according to your definition) who voted for her last time around.

    July 16, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  25. Repub in VA


    get over your anger for the rich. Do you have you any idea what share of the tax burden the top 1% paid? The rich have rates that are 3-4x as high as average folk. The bottom 40% of income earners dont even have federal tax liability. Let me guess, you agree with Obama that the rich don't pay their "fair share?" Would you like for them to pay 100% of the tax burden so that you and your liberal cronies can get more of a free ride? Get over your sense of self-entitlement.

    July 16, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
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