Santorum's fundraising soars along with his poll numbers
January 2nd, 2012
12:46 PM ET
11 years ago

Santorum's fundraising soars along with his poll numbers

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Rick Santorum's poll numbers aren't the only thing on the rise. The former senator from Pennsylvania's fundraising figures are also skyrocketing.

A senior Santorum adviser tells CNN the campaign raised more money in the last week than they raised on-line the past six months, adding that fundraising is between 300% and 400% higher on a daily basis than it was just ten days ago.

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Of course, ten days ago Santorum was still in the single digits in polls here in the Hawkeye State, which Tuesday kicks off the caucus and primary calendar. But a CNN/Time/ORC survey released last Wednesday indicated Santorum in third place among likely GOP caucus goers, sending shockwaves across the political world. Santorum's dramatic rise was confirmed by an NBC News/Marist poll out Friday, and a Des Moines Register survey released Saturday night.

Santorum talked about his rising financial fortunes, at a campaign event Monday morning in Polk City, Iowa.

"I would just stay this: We have raised more money in the last few days than we have in the last few months. And going from zero to 60 in the polls, if you will, will help those resources a lot," said Santorum, in response to a question from the town's mayor, asking if the candidate had the financial resources to take on President Barack Obama.

The campaign raised just over $700,000 in July through September, finishing with less than $190,000 cash on hand at the end of the third quarter, far behind many of Santorum's rivals for the Republican nomination.

The infusion in funds has allowed the Santorum to go up with closing campaign commercials statewide here in Iowa, and TV spots are also up in New Hampshire, which holds the second contest, one week after the caucuses. And the campaign is making ad buys in South Carolina. The Palmetto State's January 21 primary is the third contest in the race for the GOP nomination.

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Filed under: 2012 • Fundraising • Iowa • Rick Santorum
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. psadie

    We got rid of Santorum as our Senator because he was a flip-flopper and he backed Senator Spectre for reelection. Believe me you do not want him as President. He is making a political run so he can nab a slot in someone's cabinet, period!

    January 2, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  2. TRE

    Santorum would do well in the office and be good for America. The elements in his far right ideals would be held in check by the "system."

    I think Ron Paul is even further far right, so far that he doesn't seem to be too interested in reforming our system but rather re-doing it the way he wants. A lot of what Ron Paul wants to do sounds good, but I think it's the wrong process (a dictator style one) to achieve it. We already have a dictator in Obama. Our country shouldn't have to bear two consecutive dictators of opposite political pendulum swings.

    Gingrich and Romney are of the same ilk. They are soft people pleasers who work the cameras and PR machine expertly, but their true positions are always coming into question.

    Santorum is really the only one who is steadfast, reliable, and a champion of liberty. He'd be great as President and I know that the court system will effectively block any anti-gay and such legislative pushes. So, why not elect the most capable man for the job!

    January 2, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  3. Mark Christopher Pizzolato

    Rick Santtorum is doing better because he want go away, he is bashing Americans in the head with the fact, that he might be a conservative, Santourm has worn me out, he'll never make it as the nominee, too weak.

    January 2, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  4. FanDaElis

    We have to remember the make up of Iowa. Will Santorum keep the same showing on the other states? We certanly need someone to beat Romney in Iowa.

    January 2, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  5. stechatte

    It amuses me how the GOP base is just as persuaded by hype advertising as the mindless Libs are. A true conservative doesn't vote for a popular, well-funded candidate. He votes for a true conservative candidate. Only Santorum and Bachmann are true conservatives candidates, so judging by their poll numbers, either there aren't many true conservative voters left in America (which means we are doomed as a nation), or most conservatives are just as soulless and frivolous as the fool Libs (which means we are doomed as a nation).

    January 2, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  6. silver fox

    Jay missed a major reason for Santorum's defeat. Could it be that he wanted Social Security changed, thus getting shocked by the third rail of politics. It's interesting to see the venom against the former senator. Romney certainly doesn't excite the social conservatives, maybe the wind of change is starting.

    January 2, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  7. liz48

    An eye opener from the National Journal on 12/31/11 that defies the Romney pushers who are promoting Santorum as an temporary log jam to help Romney's loss in Iowa...

    "While Santorum events on Saturday were reportedly drawing more reporters than caucus-goers, Perry was drawing healthy crowds - a couple hundred at a stop here, in the meeting room of the Gigglin' Goat restaurant. Using notes to get through his stump speech, he was loose and compelling, if not particularly high-energy."

    January 2, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  8. Jon

    It's amazing, Rick backed Romney in 2008. He said Romney is a real conservative back then. OOPs!

    Rick will never win the general. I am voting Romney.

    January 2, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  9. Sean

    Santorum is just another bought & paid for politician that talks the talk but has no intention of walking the walk. The people of the USA have had enough of being lied to by politicians in both political parties! The ONLY candidate who has consistently voted as he told his constituents he would is Dr. Ron Paul. Now that's the change Washington D.C. is desperately in need of! For anyone in any political party that actually wants a real change in government Dr. Ron Paul is the only logical choice.

    January 2, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  10. T'sah from Virginia

    Amazing to me how liberals start ripping into whomever is at or near the top of the Republican polling. I think it's because they are seeing the next President of the United States – be it Santorum, Romney, or anyone else who can fog a mirror.◄

    Maybe it's because all of the candidates that are left are all losers. What about Cain, who was at the TOP? Were you going to vote for Cain? Come on now, which ONE are you voting or rooting for? They RISE to the top and then DROP!!! Why? I am sure it has NOTHING to do with the bloggers here – OR – Maybe those who are calling it out here can see through every candidate before the RIGHT can. Also, it's NOT really the LEFT destroying the so-called "Top-Right," it's your own party doing that. Remember, "Our Blacks are better than theirs?" Who said that?

    Liberals DO NOT see the next President in any of the candidates running from the RIGHT....Period!! And it's the RIGHT that is determining that – NOT the Liberals!!

    Obama 2012!!

    January 2, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  11. Anthony

    This has to be a joke. The media and the GOP leadership must really be desperate to suddenly push Santorum of all people. My guess: Pro-war and easily frightened evangelical Christians are moving in the Santorum column because they won't vote for the Mormon Romney and don't have the guts to vote for Paul.

    So essentially bigotry and ignorance fuel the Santorum surge. Sounds about right.

    January 2, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  12. bobwall

    A pushover, all I can say.

    January 2, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  13. JAD

    Santorum could be a good president to direct our middle east policy–Obama's arab spring isn't working too well. Egypt's anti-Christian/Jeudeo policy includes dragging women protestors through the streets.
    Iran's links to Alquida and the Muslim Brotherhood need to be understood by the average voter.
    The Manhattan assasination, the Blind Sheik, the 4 planes, the Army Pscy-killer etc are all connected to a common cause. And none of it includes a value for American rights.

    January 2, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  14. mamabear

    Go get em, Rick!!
    Nothing better than a good dose of truth to make the creepys crawl!!!
    God bless Rick, his family, and his team!!!

    January 2, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  15. jfirebrand

    Why is it that Paulites are so Moonie-like? He is the Dennis Kusinich of the Republican Party.
    I like Rick, But I want executive experience – a governor or CEO. Legislators rarely make good presidents. Obama is a glaring example of on-the-job training – that and how bad an idea affirmative action is.

    January 2, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  16. normajean @ verizon ,com

    WHAT A BUNCH OF CLOWNS...... Instead of focussing on the issues ...they are spending valuable and expensive time trying to out talk their rivals. There isn't a Presidential person in the whole crowd!!!!!! I truly feel that there is not one solid human being in the entire Republican scene including the ones already in office!!!!!!It makes me sick!!

    January 2, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  17. Real American

    oh boy, obama's mob of America haters have turned their sites on Senator Santorum ..............luv the liberals' fear of America's coming rejection of obama

    January 2, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  18. SonOfLiberty

    Santorum was with Senator Trent Lott when they had gone over to visit the House prosecutors to discuss the amount of time that would be given to them for the Impeachment Trial of Bill Clinton. Seems Lott and Santorum told the House Members that they would not be getting a real trial but only three days to prove their case against Clinton.

    The Senators didnt want to upset the Democrats and also said they wanted this thing over with fast.

    So much for standing up for the Rule of Law their Mr. Santorum.

    January 2, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  19. blackHat

    i can already see how this is going to go. The Republicans had a real shot at the presidency this time—Obama's approval ratings are embarrassingly low, and we're still in the grip of an economic crisis—but they blew it. The GOP looks like a three-ring circus drunk on communion wine. For how empty Obama's 'hope and change' campaign has ultimately proved to be, the Republicans are doing precisely the same thing; there's a whole lot of fear, idealism, and bigotry being tossed around, but i haven't heard a single candidate offer one tangible solution for actually fixing what's wrong.

    January 2, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
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