Romney lands second $100 million month
August 6th, 2012
05:50 AM ET
10 years ago

Romney lands second $100 million month

(CNN) - The fundraising effort of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney brought in more than $100 million for the second month in a row, his campaign said Monday morning.

The $101.3 million haul is just shy of the campaign’s June fundraising, which reached $106.1 million.

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Romney's effort ended July with $185.9 million cash on hand, up from the $160 million in the campaign war chest at the end of June.

Both numbers include money raised by Romney's campaign, the Republican National Committee, and several state parties in a joint committee known as Romney Victory.

President Barack Obama and the Democratic National Committee, meanwhile, raised $75 million in July, marking the third consecutive month the president has been outraised by his Republican challenger. Obama's similar alliance of committees raised $71 million in June.

Romney's campaign said nearly 95% of donations - some 600,627 - received in July were for $250 or less.

In July, Romney's fundraisers included one held in Jerusalem and attended by major GOP donor Sheldon Adelson.

In announcing the numbers, Romney Victory National Finance Chairman Spencer Zwick said, "We are honored to have the support of a broad spectrum of donors—independents, Democrats and Republicans—whose support of Governor Romney shows that he has the needed plan to jumpstart our economy and get the country on the right track again.

"We are well on track to raise the money to be successful in November," he continued.

Zwick and a couple members of his finance team joined Romney on the road last week, attending closed finance events in Reno, Nevada, as well as one in Sun Valley, Idaho where Romney picked up Clint Eastwood's endorsement. The fundraisers, having occurred in the first week of August, did not factor into July's numbers.

In Sun Valley, Romney's young finance chair spoke briefly about how the campaign has outraised the competition and has more cash on hand than the Obama team.

"I want you to know we're using this money very wisely," Zwick said before urging donors to help them "turn this campaign into a cause" by reaching out to their friends and colleagues across the country.

- CNN's Gregory Wallace and Shawna Shepherd contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Fundraising • Mitt Romney
soundoff (310 Responses)
  1. rta

    the real question, will the american people be fooled and elect clown romney? he hasn't earned anything, not the american trust, no confidence, integrity, or honesty. Even the international commnunity is worried about america if we elect romney because he will be puppet to adelson, koch brothers and all the other rich donators. and when it is all said and done america will be worse than ever.

    August 6, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  2. California Gary

    Obama is tested and proven......he can withstand the money and falsehoods that will be thrown at him down the stretch. After all, he was an unknown that took down all the money and political power thrown at him by the Clinton machine in 2008. All Romney has done so far is take out a weak field in the GOP primaries (and it took him 2 tries to do that – 2008 and 2012). Romney will be shown to be an empty suit during the course of the debates. It will be one gaffe and/or flip flop after another.......there will be no place for him to hide.

    August 6, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. david

    Most of this from maybe a dozen people tops...yet their base is too stupid to realize that when time comes to shove, Romney will support the interests of these dozen people before he does the base. I love stupid people. The get what they be owned.

    August 6, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  4. WDinDallas

    Follow the money. Money wins elections. Just look at 2008.

    Between the coal debate and last weeks uber-liberal/gay disaster, well Obama has had it. Ohio, PA, WV all will follow the coal vote.

    August 6, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  5. Jess Sayin

    We learned in the Walker recall in WI that it takes 8 times the spending to convince people to vote against their best interests. America is definitely for sale and the Kochs have very deep pockets.

    August 6, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  6. Woman In California

    Some guy named Mitt wants us to vote for him based on his word.

    Let's show this guy named "Mitt" the door.

    August 6, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  7. stew

    Republicans I am laughing at you, when Mitt loses this election he'll keep all these campaign funds and hide them away in his oversea accounts, never allowing any of it to create new jobs in America.

    August 6, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |

    Mitt the twit still has his own party hounding him for the tax returns. Rollins is the latest unhinged GOBP tea potty member to shove Mitt into the quicksand.

    August 6, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |

    Five Reasons you should not vote for a democrat

    1-They are Racist
    2- Ther are Hateful
    3- The are Anti- Business
    4- They are Liars
    5-They are Hypocrites

    Vote for Mitt Romney in November and get this Country moving again.

    August 6, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  10. wonfish

    Here's the deal. Mitt won't lose, unfortunately. The wealthy who are giving so much money know that somehow the election is in the bag - just like 2000 and 2004. Someone is guaranteeing a win.

    August 6, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  11. FlotsamJetsam

    So the extra $26 Million that Romney raised will be spent on more blame Obama for the economy TV messages but nothing on what Romney's policies are. Seems like a complete waste to me.

    August 6, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  12. open400

    D-a-a-a-a-a-h: Am I the only one noticing this? Romney wants to redo the tax code which will improve the economy, but he himself does not watn to release anymore tax returns. Would millionares and billionares be throwing moeny at Romney if it were not in their best interest? This unlimited funding of campaigns is absurd.

    August 6, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  13. Poncho's raincoat

    Obama flopped, Mitt will surely flop, and Paul has been rejected of any media attention to even have a dog in the fight. Voting appears pointless this time around. A coin toss would produce the same result.

    August 6, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  14. BeverlyNC

    Money cannot buy Romney character, honesty, integrity, leadership skills, empathy, humanity, or values. Romney has nothing to offer the American People – not in leadership qualities, not in solutions, not in experience in critical situatons, not in helping others, not even in caring about those beneath his rarified world of wealth. Romney does not really want the JOB of a true President – serving the People. He just wants the POWER and that makes Romney very dangerous.
    I will stand with President Obama – a true leader born with innate character, integrity, honor, compassion, empathy, service to others, Christian values (Romney is not a Christian – he is a Mormon -BIG difference), and solutions for We the People over corporations greed and banks corrupt practices. President Obama stands up for me and in November I will stand up for him!

    August 6, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    @Woman In California
    Let's show this guy named "Mitt" the door.

    I'm in. It's got to be a closed door, though. Same as when Mitt showed his sight-impaired College professor the "door". If I'm not mistaken, Mitt walked the professor into a closed door and then freely laughed at the man.

    How does that saying of Mitt's go? What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander?

    August 6, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  16. Larry L

    Without seeing his tax returns independents will assume he's a tax cheat who expects everybody else to pay but his family gets a free ride... like military service.

    August 6, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  17. paul

    The 1% are opening their checkbooks. Hey, if you were going to get an automatic 100,000 dollar plus tax cut under Romneys plan (on the backs of the middle class and poor) you would pony up too. Romney represents the rich and the rich only.

    August 6, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  18. "If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen." --B. Obama

    Yes we can!!


    August 6, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |

    The four year mistake. The election of Barack Obama

    August 6, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  20. GMP

    ROMNEY IS A FRAUD! He is riding his daddys fortune using his 1% boys club to get richer... show us your tax returns for 10 years... by not showing you obviously are hiding something... your father showed 10 years when he ran. Something to hide, obviously... I will not vote for someone who is hiding something.

    August 6, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  21. Mickey

    I don't understand you liberals. Do you even know anything about Mitt Romney or do you let the media tell you about him.. I've actually research this man and he is a good man, a honest man. He gave away his inherutabce to charity after graduating from Havard Law School with both a Business and Law degree. He passed the MI bar although he never used his license but he still has it. He saved the Olympics using some of his own money and gave his pay for the Olympics to charity, to help other future Athletes. As governor he didn't take pay and worked across the isle with a 85% democart house and senate giting things done. And before you talk about RomneyCare is the same as ObamaCare check the facts. Romeny is for State Rights not Governerment take over. And according to reports taxes didn't go up with his version but they are all kinds of hidden taxes in ObamaCare............This does not sound like a man that is dishonest or evil. Most likely he won't take pay if elected he just want's us to be the best country again and with his leadership I can almost see it.. With out it I'm scared of where we will end up........

    August 6, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  22. billy davis

    Tese wealthy donors have no problem spending millions to buy a President but wouldn't spend a dime to feed a homeless veteran...

    August 6, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  23. 60minuteman

    Come on Mitt. Show us your tax returns. Show us how much "FREE STUFF" you have been getting from the US Government.

    August 6, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  24. Ilya

    Granted, Obama did inherit a deficit when he came into office. Why this fact justifies racking up vastly more debt and bigger deficits is a logical mystery.

    August 6, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  25. mgc Milwaukee

    I hope people realize that most of his money comes from the 1% whereas Obama's comes from the average person. Now who do you think will represent the middle class??

    August 6, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
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