October 4th, 2012
11:48 PM ET
10 years ago

Pro-Romney super PAC raises big money after debate

(CNN) - The founder of Restore Our Future, a super PAC supportive of Mitt Romney, said Thursday the group saw money pour in one day after the GOP nominee pulled a widely applauded performance in the first presidential debate.

"I think that today will probably be the best fund-raising day we've had, if not one of the top two fund-raising days we've ever had," Charlie Spies said on CNN's Erin Burnett "OutFront."

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While he did not give specific numbers, Spies said "people are fired up, they're energized and very excited."

The group has raised $96.7 million as of August 31 and has spent $86.6 million in the 2012 federal elections, according to Federal Election Commission reports. In recent weeks, Restore Our Future has aggressively targeted the battleground states of Wisconsin and Michigan, injecting millions of dollars in ads in the states.

Also Thursday, Romney's spokeswoman Andrea Saul tweeted that the campaign received "more than two donations every second" after Wednesday night's debate.

Meanwhile, senior strategist for a pro-Obama super PAC, Priorities USA Action, also said the group saw a spike in fund-raising after the debate, though not quite as much as Restore Our Future.

"Today was a pretty good day for us," Bill Burton said on "OutFront."

"Not top one or two?" Burnett asked.

"It was definitely a top five. I don't know about top one or two," he replied.

- CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Fundraising • Mitt Romney
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Obama Lied Jobs died

    This debate was the first time America saw Romney and obama head to head and Romney clearly out classed Obama.
    We have a jobs deficit, fiscal deficit, trade deficit and growth deficit. Obama has failed on all four and Romney has the right approach to turn things around and move America on a better path.

    October 5, 2012 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  2. The California Gal

    Galling. Nothing more to say...

    October 5, 2012 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  3. V


    October 5, 2012 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  4. PaulC

    Who said money won't buy this election?

    October 5, 2012 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  5. Gurgyl

    .........sin money of GOP thugs washes away on USA soil. Our dollar stays on our SOIL. Yes, on OBAMA12.

    October 5, 2012 05:19 am at 5:19 am |
  6. david

    Not pre-screened? Then where is my post Rupert?

    October 5, 2012 05:48 am at 5:48 am |
  7. neal

    of course...more kick back money from BIG OIL....and the KOCH brothers.....

    October 5, 2012 05:52 am at 5:52 am |
  8. mb2010a

    "A fool and his money are soon parted..."

    October 5, 2012 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  9. Big Munny

    If you shake an Etch-a-Sketch hard enough, money will fall out?

    October 5, 2012 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  10. Antonio

    That shows how much money is around that can be put to the nation and not to one man. The rich will spend on one man and not in USA.

    October 5, 2012 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  11. Antonio

    America is always for sale.

    October 5, 2012 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  12. liberal disease

    I hear even Bill Maher ponied up some $$

    October 5, 2012 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  13. freddie nerk

    GOP is pumping up the numbers. Romney already flip flopping on 47% comments-will he ever just tell the truth?
    Obama has already won. GOP should donate the funds to PBS. Keep Big Bird-dump Romney

    October 5, 2012 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  14. rswfire

    This is such a waste of money, for both parties. Getting inundated with ads is one of the things I've always disliked about elections. Gone are the days of cable for me - opting for Netflix and Hulu Plus instead - so I've been fortunate not to see any of these ads. But honestly, repeating thee ads every five minutes, with the same message over and over again aren't likely to sway voters connected in the Information Age. They certainly never influenced my vote. Invest in Americans more instead of your own style of justice.

    October 5, 2012 06:49 am at 6:49 am |