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. DJ

    Interesting how some are complaining about the amount of donations to the campaign Romney is raising. And yet in 2008 it was Obama with the large amounts and that was ok?? Double standards taking place, I guess!!

    August 6, 2012 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  2. julius raynor

    Romney don't need any donations....Let him use the illegal money he has in his overeas accounts i'm hearing its millions!

    August 6, 2012 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  3. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Be forewarned America- rich people are INVESTING in Romney and will expect a return on their investment.

    August 6, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  4. mike

    it still wont buy him the election Americans are fed up with all this money in politics

    August 6, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  5. mommytwice

    I wonder if all that money can make him qualified to be president, and I further wonder if it can teach him how to stop sticking his foot in his mouth every time he speaks.

    August 6, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  6. mommytwice

    and I even further wonder why all that money isn't being given to charities nation wide, since no one on EARTH needs that much money to campaign. Oops, I forgot, corporations are people, and I guess so are campaigns.

    August 6, 2012 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  7. Jake

    And the buying and selling of America continues. Our government is no longer of the people, for the people, and by the people. That whole concept was bought and destroyed by those with big bucks. Now it's a government by the rich, for the rich, and of the rich. This country keeps going further and further away from what make it a great nation. Soon, no elections will be needed, just who has more money wins the election.

    Greed and money will always win when left unchecked. This is what is happening now. Same people who claim to be patriotics and love their country are not the ones who are destroying everything it was built on. Shame on them.

    August 6, 2012 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  8. Louis in Wisc.

    All the $ won't matter he's still the leader of a CULT.....

    August 6, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  9. GonzoinHouston

    It's not the $250 donors that worry me. It's the million-dollar-plus donors whose names and even nationalities are kept from us. You better believe Romney knows exactly where and who the big money is coming from, and he knows exactly what those donors want from their government. And he will make sure they get what they want.

    August 6, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  10. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    @ DJ

    No one is complaining about the amount of money Mitt is raising. People are just complaining about the fact that these donors are supporting a campaign that is bent on continuing the very same Bush domestic and foreign policies that have ruined us. Its that simple.

    August 6, 2012 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  11. MaryM

    Remney and the repubs, Americans will not let you lie and buy this election. Romney plan of increasing taxes on the middle class and poor Americans and giving tax breaks to the rich is just so transparent

    August 6, 2012 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  12. Zechariah14 third mishkan

    Hey mitt donate some of that money back too the steelwokers of Kansas city mo. you
    Your company took the 401k plans of all those steel workers

    August 6, 2012 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  13. Not A Socialist

    "95% of donations – some 600,627 – received in July were for $250 or less. " – so much for the 'Citizens United', 'Koch Brothers', 'Corporate Raiders' buying elections lies told by the campaigner-in-chief and the left. Guess you all on the left just lack the strength of your socialist convictions, you know elections are the one thing that someone else can't pay for so cash your welfare check and support your candidate 🙂

    August 6, 2012 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  14. LiberaLIowan

    Mittwit supporters throwing their money down a rat hole. He doesn't stand a chance.

    August 6, 2012 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  15. Sadie Boyd

    It must be very alarming to new democracies in the world to see that the beacon of democracy has someone paying for their seat! We are not a democracy...we are plutocracy...the aristocrats are running and ruining America...time to storm the bastille.

    August 6, 2012 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  16. Liz

    It finally hit me.. It's disgusting the money that is raised for campaigns and used basically to advertise and bash the other side. Our country is hurting and programs are being cut, yet there are hundreds of millions donated to politics! They should be ashamed.

    August 6, 2012 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  17. Sadie Boyd

    DJ, Obama gets the vast amount of his donations in small bills from the people who get up at 6:30 a.m. to prepare for work.

    August 6, 2012 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  18. GI Joe

    Corporation buying this country one lie at a time. Romney is a sock puppet for the Roves and Kochs of this world. And I'm not even going to start my rant about the communist chinese money from Adelson's Macau, China casino profits.

    August 6, 2012 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  19. longtooth

    Money helps win elections, of course. But ideas and leadership trump money every time. No matter how much cash Obama and Romney raise, one will appear more presidential than the other. It's easy to see. Watch the two men, and decide who you'd rather be stuck on a lifeboat with.

    August 6, 2012 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  20. snowdogg


    The difference is that the Obama raised the money from hundreds of thousands of supporters with smaller donations. Romney's donations have been garnered from a much smaller donor base giving much larger amounts.

    August 6, 2012 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  21. Peace

    I wish Romney could have landed in releasing his Tax Returns. That will bring him more votes than the money he is receiving now.

    August 6, 2012 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  22. curious

    What a waste of money with all the good things hundred of millions of dollars could have accomplished.

    August 6, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  23. Fognog2

    Obama takes wall street money too. You liberal hypocrites.

    Romney 2012!

    August 6, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  24. JasonP

    First of all, how is it legal to fund raise in a foreign country? It's at least unethical.

    August 6, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  25. Trickle down doesn't work

    This is what the rich do with their tax cuts(The amount is actually peanuts compared to the trillions that they have offshore). Bribe...err I mean donate to the candidate that promises to lower their taxes by raising taxes on the middle class. Wake up people!

    August 6, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
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