July 15th, 2010
09:42 AM ET
12 years ago

Romney outraises potential 2012 rivals

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Washington (CNN) - Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney raised $1.8 million during the second fundraising quarter of this year, far outpacing the other Republicans he may face in the next presidential race.

Romney has also devoted considerable money to building an extensive national political network, doling out more than $400,000 since January to various 2010 candidates through his Free and Strong America political action committee and its state-level affiliates.

All told, Romney has collected $3.4 million since the beginning of the year - more than double the roughly $1.3 million that each of his next closest rivals in the money chase, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, raised during the same period.

With less than four months until the midterm elections, Romney has nearly $2.2 million left in the bank, giving him the financial muscle necessary to be a power player in Republican politics as November nears.

In the second quarter, Palin raised $865,000, according to a report filed with the Federal Election Commission. She spent $87,500 contributing to Republican candidates and has roughly $1 million on hand.

Pawlenty is not far behind: An aide to the Minnesota governor told CNN that the Minnesota governor took in $724,000 in the second quarter and has almost $940,000 in the bank. He contributed $84,000 to GOP candidates since April.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee maintained a steady if underwhelming fundraising pace, taking in about $258,000 between April and June.

Huckabee has raised just $531,000 since January but has been generous with his funds, handing out nearly $92,000 to midterm candidates – with a focus on Republicans in the key primary states of Iowa and South Carolina.

Quarterly financial reports were not yet available for the PACs of Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, Indiana Rep. Mike Pence and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, three other Republicans mulling a possible White House bid.

Filed under: 2012 • Mike Huckabee • Mitt Romney • Sarah Palin • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. anthony

    Romney does not have a chance. The Republican Party is moving to the right faster than he is. The Obama health care plan that passed the Congress was based on his Massachusetts plan, which came from a proposal by the Heritage Foundation in the 1990s. Republicans are now calling the Obama plan socialist, because it incorporates the idea of individual mandate, that everyone must get health insurance. It was another idea championed by the Heritage Foundation. Is Heritage Foundation a socialist organization? No, it is a Republican think tank.

    July 15, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  2. educated american (legal)

    all of thes GOP candidates are jokes, Ron Paul handed thier asses to them in the 08 debates. he also predicted the current economic downturn associated to housing and flawed economic and monetary policies.
    not to mention the failed foriegn policies of the neo-cons like McCain and Romney, Huckaby...

    i will vote against the established GOP candidates- they are merely puppets

    July 15, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  3. bennie new york

    Romney outraised everyone else because he has more rich friends than his opponents.

    July 15, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  4. dale

    He reminds me of a used car salesman...

    July 15, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  5. mike

    Mitt Romney is wasting his time they are not going to vote for him because of his religion and he is from the north lets face the truth that is
    your hard core republicans are nothing but a bunch of races and bigots if you are not christian and from the south you are not going to win
    there vote

    July 15, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  6. NVa Native

    For the party of Grandiose Obedient People (aka followers) who love to say "ought-to" and run around "should-ing" on everybody else – the Max Headroom guy is of course next in line. Predicably they will tag a fruit-cake on to the ticket to appease the hillbillies and the something for nothing crowd – like they did with McCain, but Max is a sure thing.

    And like all the rest of possible Repubs his being our President would be again a horrible defeat for the middle class, small business, and none-corporate America.

    Just like "Dubya and Dick" was.

    July 15, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. Dale

    I am a Mormon, like Mitt Romney and I sure wouldn't vote for him. He is a warmonger, just like McCain and Palin and most of the Republican party.

    A vote for Republicans is a vote for unneeded war to keep the corporate welfare going for the big defense contractors. Oh, and people die too.

    July 15, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  8. kem

    Its all a wasted effort, not a single person will ever have to worry about this nutcase becoming president. He will never be president. The fact that he belonged to and was an active part of a church/religion that prevously prohibited african americans from joining will keep him from the presidency. He was an active member while the ban was in place and is still a member now that it was recently lifted. What a narcissistic fool.

    July 15, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  9. Joel Miller

    It may be that Romney is raising money but his book has been marked down by half at Barnes and Noble. The right wing slide in the Republican party is steadily leaving this guy high and dry and most of the rest of us couldn't care less about this phony.

    July 15, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  10. nick

    He is an apostate cozy with a predominately self-styled evangelical Christians who say they ARE THE PARTY OF GOD (I.E., THE REPUBLICANS) – there is something seriously wrong here.

    July 15, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  11. Anybody But obama

    We need someone running this country who knows what the heck their doing. The current crew has proven they don't beans about anything but running it in the ground.

    July 15, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  12. JFS

    This is the only GOPer that has a chance against Obama. He is educationally superior to ANYONE else out there on the Republican side...and...maybe even moderate enough to attract the middle of the road voter.

    July 15, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  13. Fair is Fair

    You'll make an excellent President, Mr. Romney. Far better than the fraud now in office.

    July 15, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
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