Romney takes in $170 million during September, falls short of Obama
October 15th, 2012
03:38 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney takes in $170 million during September, falls short of Obama

(CNN) - Mitt Romney's campaign, along with the Republican National Committee, raised $170 million in September, the campaign announced Monday.

The number comes more than a week after President Barack Obama's team said they raised a record $181 million for the president's re-election effort in the same month.

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Romney's campaign said it finished the month with $191 million in the bank. Ninety-three percent of all donations were $250 or less, amounting to $43.15 million of the September haul, the campaign added.

"President Obama has demonstrated that he can't defend his record of four years of failure," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement. "Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have a much different vision than President Obama's policies of larger government, a stagnant economy, and more government dependence.

In August, the collective effort known as the Romney Victory Fund, which also includes state parties, raised $112 million. In the two months prior, the team raised just over $100 million each month.

Romney officially accepted his party's nomination on August 30 in a speech that concluded the Republican National Convention. September kicked off with the Democratic National Convention, a week full of prime time speeches targeting GOP policies while also bolstering the president's re-election effort.

The GOP nominee's numbers come in spite of what many political observers noted as a difficult month of September for Romney. The candidate faced negative headlines after video emerged of the Republican making controversial remarks at a private fund-raiser in May. In his comments, Romney argued half the country was dependent on government and viewed themselves as victims. They story dominated the news cycle for much of the week.

Romney's $170 million haul came in before Romney's widely proclaimed win in the first presidential debate, which essentially changed the tone in the campaign. Campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul tweeted Monday afternoon that the campaign raised more than $27 million online in the first two weeks of October–its best online month so far, she wrote.

- CNN's Kevin Bohn and Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Fundraising • Mitt Romney
soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. jinx88

    The pic of Mittens says it all!! He cant remember what he told the American people last week since he changes every other day. Moderate Mitt or Conservative Mitt. I wonder which one will show up Tuesday night?

    October 15, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "Campaign finance is just another unregulated industry. I'm not sure the amount raised translates into anything but income for those who touch the money."

    That includes the "liberal MSM," that has benefitted to the tune of billions of dollars from the Citizens United decision. Anyone want to guess how much money CNN takes in from Crossroads and other conservative groups and how afraid they are of losing that revenue if they focus on things like how much lying Mittens did in the debate as opposed to how stylishly he did it?

    October 15, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. CB FL

    Its a proven fact if you lie you will steal. Mitt will lie to America and steal from the middle class.

    October 15, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. taxmitt

    Digging a little deeper, we find that, since the baton was passed to Obama, 628,000 State and Local government jobs have been lost.

    October 15, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  5. rashad

    Obama/Biden trillions in tax breaks now he talking about middle class place job job and more job .Romney 2012

    October 15, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. Namejkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    Who wants to chip in for a three time loser gop tax cheat ,canadate romney one term failed gov of mass .he's losing in mass by 15 points and only stupid people would vote forthe antichrist !!!

    October 15, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  7. FactCheck

    Mitt's contribution courtesy of billionaires and K-street. Obama's funded largely by individual $100 donations.

    October 15, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  8. carlos

    willard/LDS = Lie....Deceive....Smear + mystery TAX specifics on ANYTHING and ruining fellow Americans lives.......and that face....UGH

    October 15, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  9. truth hurts

    Absolute control of the media is what the leftists ALWAYS try to do. Eliminate all other opinions and dissent, force your leftist ideology on the people. Brain washing. Yes, trust us, 7.8% unemployment is a GOOD THING.

    October 15, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. RogueRobots

    Here's some arithmetic for the repugs to think about. Out of the $170 million raised by Romney, only 43 mil or 25% came from people giving less than $250. The remaining $127 or 75% came from corporations, gazillionaires, and old white guys making more than $250.000 per year. To whom do you think Romney will owe his allegience if he should God forbid be elected. Hmmmmmm... will he be looking out for the 25% represented by the racist, religion besotted, uneducated, Tea Party fanaticos, and country bumpkins who make up his electorate? Or will he pay back the corporations and the super rich who provide him with 75% of his funding and who don't give a hoot about the 25% donors except when it's an election year? I'll betcha $10,000 buckaroos that he will wisely chose to go where the real money is. Afterall, profit margins are more important than human needs, money will somehow trickle down like manna from heaven, and corporations are people too, my friend.

    October 15, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  11. GI Joe

    I've watched, researched, and listen to Mitt Romney for 6 years (not just 6 weeks) and he is the biggest liar I've ever heard in my life. I have no trust in him and Lyan Ryan is just as bad.

    I voted for Obama/Biden 2 weeks ago and now help elderly and semi-invalid people get to the poll. I've even changed a few minds along the way because some old folks said "my kids watch FOX and they said............". What a shame. What a shame. The republicans have tried for 40 years to get rid of social security and medicare and they are no different now. They are just taking a different lying approach.

    October 15, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  12. Are you kidding me?

    If people can spend this much money on the election then it would be fair to say the econy is not doing bad at all. The gop's case for change is an epic failure.

    Everything out of the mouths of the GOP is gloomy yet they will not say that anything has improved when it actually has.

    October 15, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  13. GI Joe

    Mitt Romney and his son Tagg are undergoing an investigation of a $8.1 billion dollar ponzi scheme. The investigators cannot find $7 Billion. I'll bet it is in Mitt's private Caymen account or Switzerland. What a father, teaching his sons how to be con men. Typical mormons.

    October 15, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  14. don in albuquerque

    Taxes, smaxes. I want to see his magic underoos.

    October 15, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
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