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. Guest

    If this isn't a sign that the White House, is for sale, I don't know what is...SMH

    August 6, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  2. rosaadriana

    Wow the more money he raises the further he goes down in the polls. Who is sending him this money? Sure isn't your average Joe the Plumber.

    August 6, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  3. Bill, NY

    You can clearly see that big money wants to keep the gravy train rolling. Yes the Supreme Court did put a "ForSale" sign on democracy.

    August 6, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  4. Tekgirle02

    This is wasteful resources. This country needs job creation and clean water, not all this campaign waste of money! We should limit the resources politicians are allowed to spend on their campaigning. What an outrage and utter waste!

    August 6, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  5. Natalie in MN

    All this money from the hands of those who complain about paying their fair share of taxes. Money won't buy Mitt his prize and it will be one glorious day watching him lose. Can't wait for the debates.

    August 6, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  6. nolimits3333

    Romney represents the elite in their war on the American worker.

    August 6, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  7. Mandy

    The numbers work...but only if the 5% that gave over 250.00 gave that or a bit more. Over 30000, the 5% giving at least, $250 would be $75 mill right there. That would have to mean the average given by the 570,000, the 95%, would have to have given a max of about $6 each. Not plausible or likely, but possible.

    August 6, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  8. Ben

    They said 95% of donations were for $250 or less. That's not the same as saying 95% of the money donated. Sure they've had a lot of little donations... and several multi-million dollar ones. That's the bulk of the money.

    August 6, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. BunnyBunny

    Mob money. Romney's biggest donor Sheldon Adelson is being investigated by the federal law for failing to report millions of dollars of potentially laundered money.

    August 6, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  10. Conservative

    the majority of romney's money is coming from the folks he will help the most...the poor and the middle class. they recognize it. unfortunately, the liberal media continues to spew the same crap they have been spewing for years. but fortunately, the masses see the truth.

    August 6, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  11. John Robinson

    I don't have nothing against any President but it is a dis grace and ashame that when they are on the T.V. they say they will do this that and the other. But when they become Mr President They don't do anything they say they will do. So it just takes a lot of interests from a lot of Americans to vote or anything anymore. They want to keep on making money and making themselves look famous on T.V. and in public but don't want to help the homeless, help the economy,help the housing markets, bring these expensive gas prices down, help this healthcare system.

    August 6, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  12. The Other Dale

    Just think if they would use this money for good instead of evil.

    "Can you give that poor kid a sandwich over there?"

    "No! Too busy spending this on worthless ads trying to destroy America but that no one will believe in for a second and all for a guy who has hundreds of millions hidden away! Let that kid eat cake. Mrs. Romney would approve."

    August 6, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  13. NickAnast

    In June, Rmoney's campaign announced that 94% of donors gave less than $250, but did not announce another fact: namely, that the 6% who contributed more than $250 accounted for 80% of the total dollars. It will be the same thing in July.

    August 6, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  14. carlos

    from 12!!!

    August 6, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  15. tx_gal


    the majority of romney's money is coming from the folks he will help the most...the poor and the middle class. they recognize it. unfortunately, the liberal media continues to spew the same crap they have been spewing for years. but fortunately, the masses see the truth.

    @ conservative – delusional much?

    August 6, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  16. NickAnast

    "Romney's biggest donor Sheldon Adelson is being investigated by the federal law for failing to report millions of dollars of potentially laundered money."

    Of course. Adelson knows that Rmoney, if elected, would instruct the Justice Department to drop its investigation of Adelson. Better yet, Rmoney would probably advocate repealing the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which is the law that Adelson apparently violated on a routine basis.

    August 6, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  17. Andre

    I call for both candidates to take some of this campaign money and donate it to the American people. We have a deficit to be paid off, after all.

    August 6, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  18. Mike

    No amount of the wallstreet fat cats money is going to buy my vote! I am still waiting for him to show his tax to see if he paid any tax or used all kind of loop holes to avoid paying his fair share of the tax.

    August 6, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  19. don

    Rich people love Mitt

    August 6, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  20. Wake up people

    Anybody that thinks Willard cares about the poor or the middle class is either a bare faced liar like Willard or dumb as a box of rocks. Willard cares about keeping his rich friends rich and turning the middle class into slaves. You better wake up people. Compared to Robmey, Bush will seem like a walk in the park.

    OBAMA 2012!

    August 6, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  21. Iowa Connie

    You go Romney! Obama's days are numbered. Maybe he can go back to community organizing. He may have something to offer those communities now. He has a few more gray hairs I think.

    August 6, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  22. Steve- Illinois

    Love to read you whiners complaining about the fund raising! No noise when Obama's campaign was bragging about how they were going to raise a billion dollars for this campaign! Now that he's getting his hat handed to him in the fund raising race, it's suddenly evil!
    Typical lib hypocrisy!

    August 6, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  23. NO ROBME 2012!


    I heard it's all on sale............

    August 6, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  24. Hermes Rivera

    I find it amazing how people are so generous to give so many million dollars for these politicians that don't give a hoot about anybody but themselves, but they can't donate $1.00 for a sick child in need....Amazing.

    August 6, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  25. roro

    @conservative – Are you kidding? The money is coming from the people Romney will help? The poor and middle class? You must be hooked on Kool-Aid!! He's getting all that money from the rich people he will continue to work for. Get real.

    August 6, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
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