Romney fund-raising jumps after V.P. roll out
August 12th, 2012
10:00 AM ET
10 years ago

Romney fund-raising jumps after V.P. roll out

(CNN) – Following the roll out of his vice presidential pick, Mitt Romney's fundraising numbers got a Republican enthusiasm-fueled boost.

On Sunday, Andrea Saul, Romney's campaign press secretary, wrote on Twitter that fund-raising had spiked for the candidate after revealing Paul Ryan as his running mate.


That was a jump from midday Saturday, when Saul wrote that Romney had brought in just over $1 million since Ryan's name went public.


Later Saturday afternoon, Saul tweeted again updating the Romney campaign fundraising numbers to just over $2 million.


In July, Romney's campaign and the Republican National Committee raised $101.3 million – an average of $3.4 million per day, raised mostly through high-dollar fund-raisers.

Together, the RNC and Romney's campaign ended July with $185.9 million cash on hand. The Republican effort had $160 million in the campaign war chest at the end of June. Both months' numbers include money raised by Romney's campaign, the Republican National Committee, and several state parties in a joint committee known as Romney Victory.

Compare the Romney fund-raising numbers to those of Obama and the Democratic National Committee's July haul of $75 million and $71 million in June. Last month marked the third consecutive month the president was outraised by Romney.

Romney's campaign wasn't the only one fund-raising off the Ryan announcement, however. Following Romney's vice presidential announcement, senior adviser David Axelrod emailed supporters touting a new web video attacking the newly formed pair and asking folks to 'chip in.'

Capitalizing on the announcement in an email to supporters on Sunday, Ryan asked recipients to enter a contest for a chance to meet the new Republican team. The email directs recipients to the Romney campaign website, which asks for a small donation, $3, as an entry fee for a chance to win.

Ryan wrote in the email, "I'm looking forward to what lies ahead - especially meeting supporters like you. One lucky supporter still can win the chance to meet Mitt and me before things really heat up with the Convention."

Romney's fund-raising numbers are comparable to the Republican ticket's in 2008. McCain raised about $4 million online in the 24 hours after the Palin announcement and $10 million over the next three days.

CNN Political Reporter Peter Hamby contributed to this report

Filed under: Fundraising • Mitt Romney • Paul Ryan
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. s kel

    Thats what the republigoons are all about, gathering wealth. Is this really news?

    August 12, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  2. WiredweirdinSF

    And its honest money, not the kind corrupt union bosses steal from their members.

    August 12, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  3. King

    the 1 percenters will push millions into the romney/Ryan skeem, while using their networks to advertise them as the savior of mankind, hiding the reality of gutting the poor and middle-class who support our local economy, as they hire more robots and computers systems, to replace human labor, allow out country infrastuvture to go to hell
    and sucking out the country's demand money from our spenders, to invest in third world countries, to avoid paying middle class wages, and taxes.

    August 12, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  4. Pete

    Do you ignorent republicans realize even if the Romney,Ryan ticket goes down in defeat,which they are they'll be more wealthier than before ,thanks to your donations,political contributions that they walk away with after this campaign.Romney made this a money making trip,you idiots are making him richer than he ever dreamed,all tax free,good job nitwits!!

    August 12, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  5. s kel

    wired is it too late for you to come into the twentyFIRST centrury instead of your worn ideas and thoughts of the middle fiftys? Theres a new world beyond fox news and old wrong misguided thoughts.

    August 12, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |

    More money for Romney and Ryan to stick into every orifice of theirs. R and R = Greed and Hate

    August 12, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  7. Ronnie

    Romney the Chief OUtsourcer !!!!
    He outsourced his reputation building to Paul Ryan !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 12, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |

    Any Tpug that thinks they are out of the Washington loop really is a Teatard!

    August 12, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  9. aaron

    The billionaire Koch brothers likely pulled out the checkbooks since the romney kelly pair's only goal will be to cut out what little taxes they're already paying while eliminating social security and medicare.

    August 12, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  10. gurgy

    Paul Ryan on Budget, you can think, disastrous. yes, on Obama12.

    August 12, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  11. MoneyMachine

    In the end, it won't matter how much money Mitt raises or who his VP pick is....he will still lose in November!

    August 12, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  12. vic , nashville ,tn

    Ann Coulter fired Andrea Saul , so who care what she tweet

    August 12, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  13. The Elephant In The Room

    At some point all this republican money will become resentful of being wasted in the GOP attack ads while Romney`s campaign runs back to Romneycare when it gets in trouble.

    Americans don`t trust Mitt Romney intentions

    August 12, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  14. mikle

    Obama don't have any good record. Let's be strait -none,nada. All I see just bla-bla-bla- and claim Bush still a President.

    August 12, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  15. vic , nashville ,tn

    “To that point, if people had been in Massachusetts, under Gov. Romney’s health care plan, they would have had health care,”
    This statement worth more than 70 millions votes

    August 12, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  16. Reggie19

    The democrats are getting desperate. Watched Axelrod's face and he looks like if he has not slept for days now. Romney/Ryan ticket winning in November. Obama thanks for your 4 year but your services are no longer needed. Desperate times for Obama and democrate because they are seeing that the republican machine will be rolling over them to the finish line.

    August 12, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  17. Sue

    Ummm......Hey liberals...........Did you know.........Paul Ryan was elected/reelected in a DEMOCRATIC district in Wisconsin 7 TIMES!!! With Paul Ryan on the ticket--now the economy and unemployment will come to the forefront of the election......Something that Obama and the liberals definitely did NOT want to happen!! After all--Obama definitely does not want his disasterous 3-1/2 year record regarding the economy and unemployment exposed for all voters to see!!

    August 12, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  18. HighMtnMan

    Just more of the 1% throwing their money out so they can have their tax breaks. That's pretty obvious with most of Romney's fundraising dollars.

    August 12, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |