Romney set for biggest fund-raising day yet
June 20th, 2012
07:09 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney set for biggest fund-raising day yet

Orlando (CNN) - Mitt Romney was expected to raise the largest amount of any single day in his campaign Wednesday with a pair of fund-raisers in his home state of Michigan, Campaign Finance Co-Chair John Rakolta said.

"Tonight, and today, we will exceed every single event that has been held for Gov. Romney from the beginning of the campaign," Rakolta said at the beginning of a fund-raiser in Troy, Michigan. "So we have set a new record tonight in terms of fundraising. Only probably to be beat later this summer, so I'll come back and see you again in the fall."

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The events in Grand Rapids and Troy were expected to raise between $6 and $8 million, Romney Campaign Finance Chairman Spencer Zwick told a pool reporter.

Romney thanked the crowd in Troy, saying the group recognized the importance of the upcoming election.

"It's hard to write a check to a politician, it's harder to get a friend to do it," Romney said. "You guys have done that, thank you. And to each person who is here this evening, you have helped us break records, and that's not just important from the standpoint of breaking records, it's important because we recognize what's at stake. I realize this is not about me. You're not giving a check to me, you're not giving a check to the Republican Party. You're concerned about America. This is about our country."

The most recent campaign finance reports showed Romney had substantially out-raised President Barack Obama's campaign in May. Obama raised $15 million at one star-studded event hosted by George Clooney earlier this cycle.

Romney capped off a five-day, six-state bus tour Tuesday in Michigan, where he reminisced about growing up in the Wolverine state.

"I grew up in Michigan, as you know, born and raised here, and if I'm lucky enough to become president I'll be the first president in American history to be born in Michigan," Romney told supporters in Frankenmuth Tuesday.

At his Wednesday evening fund-raiser, a group of roughly 150 protesters marched and chanted pro-Obama slogans outside his event.

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soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. sahara

    Shame, and let Detroit go bankrupt

    June 20, 2012 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  2. California Gary

    It won't be long until we start seeing cash sticking out of his pockets, like in the Bain pics.

    June 20, 2012 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Romney is no more than a "Trojan Horse" to keep Bush, Cheney, Karl Rove et al out of prison where they all belong. This is all "Blood Money" that Corporations like Halliburton earned during the Iraq war.

    June 20, 2012 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain

    Yeah, Mittens will probably raise a lot of dough, but it'll be from just a couple mega-rich donors who know Mittens, if elected, will do everything in his power to give them even more money while screwing the Middle Class.

    June 20, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  5. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    One born every minute... Line up and give your hard earned funds over to the Romney lie machine!

    June 20, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |

    What is his home state by the way ????????calf,Mich ,Nh, mass, romney the clown will do any thing to pander for the votes in his home states .but the failed gov . Of mass won't have much luck in his home state of mass !!!!

    June 20, 2012 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  7. MaryM

    Romney can raise a billion and still will not be elected President. The office of President of the US can NOT be bought

    June 20, 2012 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  8. Yonni

    I am sure there are enough sane people in America Mitt will not buy the presidency without telling us a single constructive thing that he will do when he become the president. Other than, repealing Obamacare, dismantling the department of education, Planned Parenthood, Obama is bad and etc .

    June 20, 2012 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  9. 100 % ETHIO

    Wow, what a big dea.
    I do see him as a winner.
    Even his 5 Sons, who are healthy and strong, could contribute a lot. It is like, 6 Romney(s) for US President his wife, first lady.

    Congratulations the Romney(s).

    June 20, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  10. jerry

    go get em Mitt, we are behind you!

    June 20, 2012 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  11. Howard

    HYPOCRISY is when Obama spends a year bragging about his anticipated Billion dollar 2012 campaign warchest, and then demonizes Romney for taking in more money than he did. Another name for this phenomenon is POETIC JUSTICE.

    June 20, 2012 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  12. Gurgyl

    Be very careful–this guy will stash your money in Cayman island, Swiss. Evade all taxes. Obama12.

    June 20, 2012 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  13. jane

    Far toooooo much money is being poured into both campaigns....the average American no longer has a voice......Both Obama and Romney will owe these special interest groups BIG TIME....Americans are soooo stupid all we can csee is a R or D and we fight each other because of.....we are been played like a panio

    June 20, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  14. Yeah RIght

    If these corporations and donators put all this campaign money into this country to better it we would be out of the red long ago.

    June 20, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  15. Joseph B

    Romney – the candidate money can buy.

    June 20, 2012 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  16. packerfans

    Come on Vote for Mitt Romney who can save America!!! Obama broken many laws his oath Untied States under God. Why you should vote Obama????

    June 20, 2012 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  17. Gary

    Awesome.....Romney raises money from thousands of donations from average people. Obama goes to Hollywood every month and gets his cash from rich out-of-touch celebrities.

    June 20, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  18. Steve

    Romney, aka Mitt (R)money, seems proud that Citizens United has allowed legalized bribery.

    It's a truly sad era for democracy in America.

    June 20, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  19. Abnguy

    Romney still has a lot of catching up to do. His best hope is that Obama's billionaire friends do not donate the billion his campaign is expected to raise.

    June 20, 2012 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  20. DocHollywood

    What's new? The corporations have found themselves a party they can own, so they're going to buy the election. The legacy of the Robert's Court. America for sale. And republicans will sell their soul to get back in power.

    June 20, 2012 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  21. Reggie from LA

    Wow!! That's so amazing. Imagine that. And so much of the money didn't come from nickel and dime citizens. It came from corporations & 1%ers. Isn't it great? Just think. They have so much and many of us have so little. How'd they do that? Oh, they followed their American dream. That's how they did it. Now you've been chasing your dream too, but it doesn't come near the kind of money discussed here. Then corporations whine about taxation, minimum wages, union thugs etc. But they have so much. But you don't care how it happened, do you? Anything or anybody but Obama, huh?

    June 20, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  22. Mark Taylor

    America, up to the highest bidder. This is not the USA and ideals that so many died for in the WWII. Sickening and that goes for both GOP and Democratic parties.

    June 20, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  23. optimistica

    Perfect – shows just what he's all about – Money and those who have it. Those on the far religious right should keep in mind Jesus' saying, "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter heaven." It's so obvious that he just can't get most of the people in the USA – almost feel sorry for him but mostly hope he can just fade away into the sunset after the election.

    June 20, 2012 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  24. Charlie from the North

    Look, the corporate stooges in the black robes (AKA the Supreme Court) have declared that corporations are people and money is speech. Before they get a chance to declare "dollars are votes" We the People had better get off of our couches and be heard. We need to re-elect the President and send him a do something congress to work with. We can't afford to let one of the worst examples of corporate America (Romney) be choosing who will serve on the Supreme Court: after all we are already suffering from the mistakes of George W. Bush and his father. Wake up America!

    June 20, 2012 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  25. craig

    I seriously doubt there is any likelihood that the Democrats, either for the President or for other Congressional races, will ever match the fund-raising of the GOP. It's a party built upon privilege and money, and they will continue their obvious attempts to buy elections, both this year and in the future. Until we make buying an election illegal, people in the 1% will continue to do so, simply because it's in their interests to preserve their lives of privilege. When all voters are considered equal, unfortunately not something that was put into the Constitution in the beginning, then things might change. Otherwise....nope!

    The Democrats will collect some $10 donations from NASCAR fans. Romney will collect millions from NASCAR owners. Those are the only people he knows!

    June 20, 2012 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
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