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

    Santorum, the K Street insider with an anti-sex, anti-gay, anti-21st Century agenda is just what the GOTP needs, but not what the rest of America needs.

    January 2, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. Jay

    "Former United States Senator Rick Santorum represents everything that is wrong with the Republican Party. If dismantling big government is now a primary concern, Santorum has spent a career promoting big government. If stopping massive spending is now a top priority, Santorum has a lifelong record of championing massive spending. If our debt is now considered the greatest threat to our national security, Santorum has always considered everything but the debt a greater threat.

    “Indeed, if conservatism means limiting government, the many ways in which Santorum has been the consistent enemy of conservatism are virtually unlimited."

    – Jack Hunter, The American Conservative, 09 May 2011

    January 2, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. Dave

    I suppose all those that crave ever lasting wars and wish for NEOCON in the WH would be for this guy. He stated over the weekend that he would bomb Iran NOW! Thats not what I want for my children. Anyone that could think about voting for this guy is off their rocker.

    January 2, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  4. Dixie AZ

    Santorum the Sanctimonious holier-than-thou --That says it all.

    January 2, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  5. shoegazer

    Santorum ?!! Heehee.

    January 2, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. John Webb

    Looks like establishment republicrat to me...

    January 2, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    IF a war is ever needed again, I hope we have someone who will builds a coalition (Obama).

    We don't need any more macho republicans that say "send our poor young men and women to fight for oil" (Bush and all reublican candidates).

    Send the wealthiest FIRST for a change.

    January 2, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. Duke One

    Santorum is a typical big government Senator who loves earmarks ! He does not have the experience to be President of the United States just like Obama didn't. The only anti Romney candidate with that executive experience that qualifies him to be President of the United States is RICK PERRY 2012 !!

    January 2, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    As long as these people spend their money now and don't have to spend during the general election, I am fine with that. I don't think that any of these candidate are really suitable to lead the country.

    January 2, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. votefortheend,O

    We just need obama out period!! Another four years and we will be hosed. Who will be responsible, we the people but who will be accountable, no one. And then, we the people will shout out what happened but it will be too late.

    January 2, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  11. eRtwngr (@eRtwngr)

    Uh oh. Looks like Santorum loses the CNN viewers vote. But I think he can win without either of them.

    January 2, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  12. Don't believe it

    Don't believe it for a second. Sanatorium is an out of touch dork who doesn't stand a chance. This a "manufactured" popularity by a media determined to divide and conquer Republicans in order to help their guy Obama.

    January 2, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  13. Frank

    Santorum is simply too stupid to get anywhere. Just watch.

    January 2, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  14. daveugber

    interesting comments above about building coalitions...i believe there were 37 countries that participated in the iraq conflict and more than a dozen countries in afghanistan...building coalitions isn't a democrat/republican issue, since EVERY president who has attacked another country has asked other nations to joint them...with the possible exception of reagan when he sent the marines into grenada to free some american students...whether you like santorum or not, he's not such a terrible dude...i don't want to have to vote for him to replace president obama, but i will if it comes to that...the president MUST go before a recovery happens...the EPA and DOE alone have crushed a million jobs in the last three years with all of the new mandates...

    January 2, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  15. Greg Buls

    Typical Stupid Party.
    Santorum might have had a chance back in 1988, when everything wasn't already falling apart. Then, a few people actually cared about his big church agenda. Now, they want to be left alone. They see what the fruits are of everything our useless government tries to do. Ron Paul 2012.

    January 2, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  16. Ron Paul 2012!!!!

    300% and 400% higher then a dollar is 3 to 4 dollars. Big deal.

    January 2, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  17. ISeeTheCitingOfPollsOrchestratedForAPurpose

    Lol this "surge" is just manufactured by CNN. Santorum is not "surging" in the polls, and he wasn't bringing in very much donations anyways so it is easy to see how his fundraising numbers have gone up. Has anyone looked at how many people show up at this joke of a candidates rallys? Like 10 people, no joke. Look at how many show up at Ron Paul events, hundreds of people, it's almost ALWAYS a packed house, but I don't see any reporting on that. What about when Santorum showed up to the Buffalo wild wings a couple of days ago and the people there said that he lost about 20 votes because he was interrupting the game. ROFLMAO. Give me a break, start reporting on REAL politicians like RON PAUL 2012!

    January 2, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  18. dg

    President Rick Santorum, you're kidding right?

    January 2, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  19. Erick

    I would have been so disappointed if all the leftest loons didn't respond to this article as they have above my post. You all are just so full of fear over Rick, you just can't contain yourself. The way I see it, you're all so afraid of having to be responsible for your own existance, so afraid you will have to start paying taxes, you know the bottom 47% doens't pay any. Be afraid, be very afraid. The 2012 Elections are going to be a bigger schallacking for the Democrats than they had in 2010. Count on it.

    January 2, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  20. Dlei

    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.

    January 2, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  21. wade

    I live in Iowa and Ron Paul will win, not Santorum. Ron Paul is the only one with broad appeal, and that is what will put him over the top.

    January 2, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  22. Larry G.

    So this is the not Romney flavor of the week?

    January 2, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  23. Not Romney

    Rick Santorum, ABO, will defeat the Obamessiah in 2012.

    January 2, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  24. steve

    BO would love this guy

    All dems are hoping for Rick our anyone other than Romney

    Even the press

    January 2, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  25. xCipher

    WoW a whole 200k raised in one quarter...lol. Ron Paul raised over 5 million in the last two weeks. Santorum is just another flavor of the month. Really getting tired of these, and the media eats it up because they hate talking about Ron Paul.

    January 2, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
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