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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Filed under: 2012 • Fundraising • Mitt Romney
soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. paul

    The scary part is, if elected, Romney will have to return the favors. He has already said that on day 1 he will introduce his tax plan which will give millionaires a 150,000 tax cut. I would imagine the Bernie Madoffs of the top 1% are licking their chops when Romney drops the regulations that hold them in check.

    June 20, 2012 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  2. julius raynor

    I just can't see Rommney as president of the U.S.A. No ill will intended but does not fit the mold!

    June 20, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  3. Heath

    Oh, yeah. Romney and the GOPs are for the little guy. Give me a break.

    June 20, 2012 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  4. Obama Mama

    Nothing about what Romney thinks about economy, debt, immigration, a V.P. europe, G-20 summit, Etc.? Enough money to buy votes.

    June 20, 2012 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  5. Chuck in Jasper, Ga.

    From my perspective, this is exactly why our country has been steadily declining in every aspect save one, patriotism. As Americans we readily stand up united against our enemies, real or perceived, but fail to recognize that the enemy is among us. The "average" American today will never be President. It's is unlikely that any of today's "average" American could even become a State Senator. Money buys elections. Period. Now with no limits at all, there will never be another "honest" election about the issues. It will be about who can sucker more money from people. The "law" says that SuperPacs do not have to divulge who makes donations to them. The Supreme Court has said Corporation are equivalent to "people". I don't think Corporation feels guilt or compassion. I don't think a Corporation feels remorse either. Not unless it is in regretting what it cost to buy their way out of trouble. With no limits, whoever "gives" the most can buy any politician they want.

    June 20, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  6. Larry L

    I'm shocked! Some fat-cats are bankrolling one of their own? Does this mean Romney may not be one of the "regular guys" he's been pretending to be – making pies, eating common people's food, pretending to know what the inside of a WalMart looks like?

    June 20, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  7. 66Biker

    I'd pay real money if he would just shut up and go away.

    June 20, 2012 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  8. josh gonzalez

    "Let GM go Bankrupt."- Mitt Romney

    June 20, 2012 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  9. Timus

    I thought they were going to say "Most lies in a single campaign"

    June 20, 2012 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  10. db

    The vent was attended by two people who wrote four million checks each. Thank you for writing checks on the name of shrinking middle class. When I will be president, I will make sure that all super rich pay 0% taxes.

    June 20, 2012 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  11. Bristol

    What kind of fund raising records will Romney set when he returns to his real home in Mexico to raise money?

    June 20, 2012 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  12. burgos

    Don't let smiling faces fool you with lies...

    June 20, 2012 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  13. Investment Advisor

    Great!.....Fight fire with a Blowtorch!

    June 21, 2012 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  14. stevetall

    Trying to buy an election is a pathetic 'record', especially when the person breaking the record would be such a poor choice for our great nation. Honestly, I don't think it will help. The American people will not stand for a return to the Bush-era disregard for the poor and the middle class.

    June 21, 2012 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  15. Donniek

    Even though a small group would have you believe obama is loved, he isint... not anymore. He had his shot and were worse off. Its time for change.

    June 21, 2012 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  16. Jeff in San Diego

    When you recognize corporations as people and announce you'll do their bidding, you get all the tea in China (where no dobt a lot of that money is coming from).

    June 21, 2012 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  17. halo


    June 21, 2012 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  18. Realist

    So Cnn just report how much Romney has raised. Come on Libs put your money where your mouth is, I guess there are not as many mouths or supporters behind Obama. CNN report the facts too that the average donor amounts are almost the same in each party which = more people are supporting Romeny $ wise.

    June 21, 2012 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  19. Franky

    Yes, Romney's 5 donors well outpaced Obama's 5 million donors. Makes you wonder who "we" the people was refering too.

    June 21, 2012 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  20. Bill

    I guess one of the benefits of being born with a silver spoon in your mouth and spending your entire life out of touch with the middle class (you know, the MAJORITY of Americans) has its benefits.

    June 21, 2012 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  21. Larry

    See romney wants to run the country like a big business and big business is supoprting him. Low pay long hours no benefits no regulation would make it hard on low and middle income while making big businesses even richer whcic is exactly what they want.

    June 21, 2012 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  22. p

    the anti-Obama money & folks are lining up.
    Only problem is, they have a LAME candidate.
    – And they know it...

    June 21, 2012 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  23. Thomas

    Wow , Thats a lot of Car Elevators !

    June 21, 2012 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  24. Lucinda79

    God bless you Mr. Romney – God bless America and your Presidency.

    June 21, 2012 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  25. MakesSense

    The United States of America. A wholly owned subsidiary of Corporate America... Sad.

    June 21, 2012 03:35 am at 3:35 am |
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