July 31st, 2009
12:34 PM ET
12 years ago

Huckabee trails Romney, Palin in cash haul

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/16/art.threeway.gi.jpg caption="Mike Huckabee trails Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney in fundraising through the first half of 2009."](CNN) - Recent polls show he is among the early frontrunners for the 2012 GOP presidential bid, but when it comes to fundraising this year, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee trails well behind his chief rivals.

The former Republican presidential candidate e-mailed supporters Thursday night announcing he has raised a little over $300,000 in the first six months of the year, a cash haul that is only about 20 percent of the $1.6 million former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney took in the same period.

It's also about a third of what former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has raised since January. Her political action committee, SarahPAC, reported raising $730,000 through July 1, but a spokeswoman for Palin said the Alaska Republican took in an additional $200,000 in the early days of July after announcing she was stepping down as governor.

Several recent surveys - including one from CNN/Opinion Research Corp. - show Huckabee is roughly tied with Palin and Romney in an early assessment of where the 2012 Republican presidential race stands.

Filed under: Fundraising • Mike Huckabee • Mitt Romney • Sarah Palin
soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. Derrick

    They are going to need A LOT of money to try and manipulate the American public in the next elections.

    The only problem is that NO ONE agrees with the Republican agenda anymore! It didn't work the last 8 years, and it won't work at any other time either!

    Time for a new agenda GOP!

    July 31, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  2. Big Ed

    You can have all the money in the world, but if your message is not what the American voters are wanting to hear, or if the candidates do not address what is important to the nation, you're done. These three, especially Sarah Palin are so far out of touch I doubt they have any idea what is important to the public. They are too busy pushing their agenda down everyone's throat.

    July 31, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  3. MaryJo Bruce Surprise, Ariz

    Most Liberals did not give Ex Gov Palin a chance. They got on the bandwaggon and were followers. They are actually scared that she will be great as a Pres or Vice Pres for sure. They would not leave her or her family alone after all was over. Just small minded people with small ideas following people with even smaller minds. Give people a change. I dislike Mr Obama Clown but have given him a chance and he is really throwing us under the buss. A one timer we all hope. Go Palin and Romney

    July 31, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    They all are looking better and better every day! But then, I'm biased...I have a small business and actually work for a living and take risks so that I can contribute to the economy, add a few jobs and pay my own way. Our kind isn't getting so much respect here this year!

    July 31, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. janis

    Really? Thought that was a legal defense fund. Now its for presidential candidacy? Dogged by ethics complaints, indeed. Hey! I am starting JanisPAC, use for money to be determined later. Keep checks under $200 but send as many as you like. Janis 2012!

    July 31, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. Scott L

    I would take any one of them over Nancy Pelosi.

    Nancy Pelosi is the real villain here.

    July 31, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  7. Chris - Denver

    The fact that someone would willingly part with their hard-earned money to advance Mrs. Palin's political career is almost enough to shake my faith in the free enterprise system.

    July 31, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. Jason

    This is it? What a mess the Republican party has become.

    July 31, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  9. Polar Bears Against Palin

    A photo of 3 pathetic right-wing losers.

    The economy is on the rebound! How are you do-nothing Republicans gonna spin this one? Ha!

    By the way, Glen Beck is a worthless sack of pus.

    July 31, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. Emma

    It seems like a waste of money for any Republican who wants to be president, considering the insanity, immaturity and complete nonsense touted by way too many Republicans about their greediness for health
    insurance company profits, lobbyist pay-offs and the utter madness about Obama's citizenship. We are really looking like a country of fools, even though we have intelligent, rational and informed people among us in the U.S. Those are the folks we want to hear from, not Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee. We might as well consider the three of them " losers".

    July 31, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  11. jteacher

    Let's get going with the fundraising Huck. He's the only Republican out there not tainted with the grime of playing politics constantly. He's a different kind of Republican and, as an independant completely disenfranchised with the Republican Party, I'm glad to see somebody like Huckabee. I'll be interested to see what he does as 2012 comes closer.

    July 31, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  12. American Expat

    I hope she hangs in there and raises a bundle of money! She is the Democrats trump card to win in 2012!

    July 31, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  13. Hugo

    My hope is that Mitt will replace this Nit Wit
    Setting America back on the road to recovery.
    In just over 100, Obama has blundered by destroying our Nation little by little each day.
    It's hard to believe or even conceive our economy in such a state of confusion.
    But Dem's save the day, oh and the tax you will pay for their Chinese supported transfusion.
    Now helthcare reform and a country so torn make me wonder how it will ever find an end?
    But Citizens don't fret, for Obama has met for a beer to solve all of our problems!
    Oh I long for the day when Mitt comes to play and Liberals lose House and the Senate.

    July 31, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  14. S Callahan

    Wrong investment...these three are not the ones destined to run for the GOP that would win. Think it through.

    July 31, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  15. TangledThorns

    Huck is a great guy and will make a even greater addition in Sarah's cabinet when she defeats Obama in 2012. Same goes for Mitt.

    July 31, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  16. 60's survivor

    palin = confusion = no comment. good luck with that!

    July 31, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  17. Jeff Brown

    So, The GOP is offering Larry, Moe or Curly to run against President Obama... Gotta Love It!!!!!

    July 31, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  18. Active Duty Democrat

    Im not worried, neither of these 3 could beat Obama...I do like Huckabee though.

    July 31, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  19. Gus The Willie

    These three GOP supposed frontrunners have to crush a lot aluminium cans to match President Obama. Good Luck!

    July 31, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  20. G

    The Repubs should be looking for someone with a business background: Mitt Romney, Micheal Bloomberg, Jack Welch?

    How about a moderate like Colin Powell, Condi Rice, Tom Ridge, Jeb Bush?

    Gov. Hutchenson may be a good choice too.

    July 31, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  21. alpha_nu_916

    the republicans have to put forth a better collective than mitt, huck, & palin if they have any hopes of retaking the whitehouse.
    huck has no real appeal in a general election if you live north of the mason-dixon line, mitt will clinch the gop nomination because of his faith (which reflects poorly on the gop's tolerance), & palin has been nothing short of a trainwreck ( do i i really have to explain why?).

    July 31, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  22. Ken

    That's right all you die-hard GOPers, keep wasting your money on these neo-nincompoops. Sending your money into these people is like sending it in to the huckster TV preachers.......oh wait, that's exactly what it IS. Hucksterbee IS a TV preacher! .... And all you neo-tards just keep on sucking down the wingnut koolaid. Just amazing to find such neanderthal traits in today's world......

    July 31, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  23. john

    Can't we begin talking about that in 1 year?

    July 31, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  24. BusyMom

    The three stooges : )

    July 31, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  25. Real-Repub

    As a registered republican I am saddened by the choices we will have for the next Presidential election.
    A preacher, a failed governor, and the best of the lot is probably Romney who doesn't stand a chance because of his religion. America will not elect a Mormon.
    The party has shifted so far to the right as to be Fascist and the current leadership is nothing but negative.
    Michale Steele is a tool of the rampant right and the party leaders in Congress are simply obstructionist without offering any solutions.

    July 31, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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