Romney's big haul
March 31st, 2011
07:47 PM ET
12 years ago

Romney's big haul

Washington (CNN) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney raised nearly $1.9 million for his federal and state political action committee in the first quarter of 2011, a Romney aide confirmed to CNN.

The Free and Strong America PAC has now given over $400,000 to Republican candidates and conservative causes as Romney gears up to launch a possible bid for the White House in 2012.

Romney has traveled throughout the country to support local candidates and causes and has signaled he is strongly considering a run for president.

Although his brisk fundraising pace will help other candidates, he will not be able to use most of the money raised to benefit a general election campaign. The more telling number will come at the end of the second fundraising quarter, which begins on April 1. By then campaigns will be up and running.

While most potential 2012 candidates opted out of releasing their figures Thursday - in off-year elections they are only required to reveal their figures twice a year - an aide for Republican Texas Rep. Ron Paul confirmed the two-time presidential candidate raised $2 million for his state Campaign for Liberty PAC and $1 million for his federal PAC. He also has $1.7 million in cash on hand.

Filed under: 2012 • GOP • Mitt Romney • Ron Paul
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. S. In California - Obama 2012

    He can raise ALL the money he wants. Again, people in general JUST DON'T LIKE HIM. All I have to do is say his name in my office and people go off the deep end. He's UNELECTABLE. Period. End of story.

    March 31, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  2. J. Samuel Cook

    Barack Obama raised $1.5 million in a single night in Harlem.

    Romney should be very afraid.

    March 31, 2011 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  3. willie floyd

    Stop "gearing up" mittens and do it. Tired of all these procrastinators! You didn't make it last merry go round and you won't this time either!

    March 31, 2011 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  4. derik

    I bet its pretty nice to cruise the country in a luxury Biz Jet,collecting money from "No Brainers" These rich white extreme Gop "Dudes" and "Women", frankly "Scare the Jesus right out of me. Why don,t you find a little child in poverty,with no shoes and food Mr.Romney,and feed him? Do you pray every day,or just on Sundays sir?

    March 31, 2011 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  5. Reggie from LA

    Greed and Wrong America Pac....Ooops. I did it again. Misread the organization's name. Sometimes I just don't get it. So they are for a more centralized health care program, like what Romney had proposed right. No? They like folks that pander in any direction for their votes then, is that it? I'm sorry. Shouldn't have said anything not understanding the issues. Maybe they just dislike President Obama more than anything in the whole wide world and will pay for some votes to make him stop trying to get the country moving in the right direction. Maybe I did get the name right after all.

    March 31, 2011 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  6. Aaron

    I was wondering why so many loons with little chance of winning were running for the Repub nomination. Apparently, they get to keep any funds leftover after their campaigns end. It's just another shell game.

    April 1, 2011 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  7. Sue

    Romney is going to be the next President of the US in 2012-and Marco Rubio will be the VP. Marco Rubio may say that he has no intentions of being VP-but if Romney asks him, he will do it.

    Can't wait until 2012-when we can have a business/financial/economic genius in the White House-–instead of the weak, clueless, incompetent clown that is there now.

    Mitt Romney and Marco Rubio for 2012!!!

    April 1, 2011 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  8. morpunkt

    I can't think of a better candidate to get us out of this financial mess our country is in.
    Knock him all you want. But I do think he will lead us out of our impending crisis on the world stage, in terms of not just money, but prestige.
    Mitt in 2012.

    April 1, 2011 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  9. Debbie

    Just curious...since Romney dumped a few bucks into Meg Whitman's campaign, how much has bizillionair Meg dumped into Romney's campaign?

    April 1, 2011 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  10. Truth Dealer

    Yes the race for second place ! Rommey won't make it out of the primaries ! The Repub's will devour him just like they did in 2008 his past is far too Liberal for conservatives to vote for him ! His religion will be a drag on him as well with conservatives ! Just watch they will put up some right winger that will get trounced by Obama ! It doesn't matter who they put up Obama will out manuever all of them, the repub's would be better off waiting for 2016 !

    April 1, 2011 04:50 am at 4:50 am |
  11. David

    Romney's only achievement s are the liberal programs he introduced as governor of Massachusetts, the ones he is running from now. Saving the winter olympics is a joke. He no more did that than Frosty the Snowman. How can he win by belonging to a faith, Morman, that condemns others to damnation.

    April 1, 2011 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  12. GOP = Greed Over People

    If that is a shot of Mittens it is time to update his "vault" photo, obviously his Botox has shifted!

    April 1, 2011 07:52 am at 7:52 am |