Huntsman doesn't rule out giving campaign more money
October 30th, 2011
07:01 PM ET
9 years ago

Huntsman doesn't rule out giving campaign more money

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - When asked if he would inject any more of his own money into his cash-strapped presidential campaign, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman would not draw any lines in the sand Sunday.

A reporter asked Huntsman, the son of a chemicals tycoon, if he would consider making another cash loan to his campaign.

"It's not about putting money in, it's about messaging," Huntsman responded during a media availability in Laconia, New Hampshire.

Huntsman loaned more than $2 million to his campaign last quarter.

He said the campaign has reaped some financial success since climbing out of the low single digits in New Hampshire polling.

"As we go up, we get traction in New Hampshire, our fundraising goes up 250%," he said. "It's the marketplace at work. If we do well here and if the polls ahead are showing signs of life, money will come."

The campaign has previously said fundraising has risen since late September, when Huntsman rose in the polls in New Hampshire.

Huntsman originally planned to pursue a three-state campaign strategy in Florida, South Carolina and New Hampshire, but was forced to reevaluate. The campaign moved its headquarters from Florida to New Hampshire in early fall.

The presidential hopeful's campaign raised over $4 million in the third quarter, with Huntsman contributing roughly half that sum. Of that, the campaign only had about $300,000 cash on hand at the end of the quarter.

Filed under: 2012 • Fundraising • Jon Huntsman • New Hampshire
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. pmk1953

    I think ALL polititians should finance their campaigns on their own dime. NO donations allowed.

    October 30, 2011 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  2. johnborg

    Dear Mr. Huntsman,
    you are the sanest Republican candidate, but that is also your problem.

    October 30, 2011 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  3. Larry L

    Huntsman is a Democrat. He is rational, understands America's relationship with the rest of the world, and can think broadly enough to serve all of the people in America – not just the rich. He's not narrow-minded, homophobic, xenophobic, anti-immigrant, anti-science, and sold-out to corporate fat cats. He's obviously not good Tea Party material!

    October 30, 2011 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  4. tcaros

    drop out... he's not even on the radar screen.

    October 31, 2011 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  5. Ramesh Shrestha

    Dole out millions to your campaign and lose big ! Nothing could be better than that ! Haven't you learned lessons from our dear Secretary of State, who still owes her campaign debt? When you know for sure what the fate of your candidacy is, why bother spend dear dollars? Bad, bad idea !!!!!

    October 31, 2011 02:38 am at 2:38 am |
  6. Bleeding Liberal

    If he has to dig into his own pockets to save his own campaign, that should tell you something about the fate of his presidential ambitions (and also showcase just how "conservative" he is).

    October 31, 2011 04:58 am at 4:58 am |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It figures that some of the GOP doesn't know a sane person when they see one. That would be Huntsman. He said that he would go with science rather than with business because that is the proper thing to do.

    October 31, 2011 07:20 am at 7:20 am |