Romney campaign reports massive fund-raising haul
October 25th, 2012
10:06 AM ET
10 years ago

Romney campaign reports massive fund-raising haul

(CNN) - Mitt Romney's team raised nearly $112 million in the first half of October, his spokeswoman Andrea Saul posted Thursday on Twitter.


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Romney's monthly cash hauls come from his campaign, the Republican National Committee and fund-raising efforts by state and local parties.

In a separate release, the campaign said nearly 92% of donations received between October 1 and October 17 were $250 or less. And with less than two weeks before Election Day, Romney's team reports having $169 million cash on hand.

The GOP nominee saw a boost in poll numbers this month after a series of strong debate performances. Following the first presidential debate on October 3, his campaign announced they raised $12 million in 48 hours.

The latest numbers do not include fund-raising that occurred around the final presidential debate, which took place Monday, October 22.

A major super PAC supporting Romney's candidacy had a strong night, too, the group's founder said the day after the 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 of Restore our Future said on CNN's Erin Burnett "OutFront."

In September, the Romney effort raised $170 million, while President Barack Obama's team raised $181 million last month.

Romney's campaign announced they held their final fund-raiser for the cycle on Saturday, shifting focus to public rallies in the final two weeks of the race.

Through the end of September, Romney had raised more than $361.3 million this cycle, Federal Election Commission records show.

His running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, however, continues to attend fund-raisers this week.

- CNN's Gregory Wallace and Rachel Streitfeld contributed to this report.

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soundoff (76 Responses)
  1. Four and The Door

    The GOP nominee saw a boost in poll numbers this month after a series of strong debate performances.
    Mitt Romney is winning this election the way it should be won. On the issues and a plan forward.

    October 25, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  2. v_mag

    Everybody has long ago decided who they want to vote for. Unless they can use this to get people out of their La-Z-Boys and down to the polls, it is wasted. It's turned a lot of people off to see all these attack ads and the money spent to bombard them with unwanted advertising. If they haven't been able to buy the election by now, then they have lost.

    October 25, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  3. Michael Q

    Money is buying America.

    October 25, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |

    I sure will like to see a list of these donors contributing to Willard's campaign. He truly is the Manchurian candidate. I wonder hwo his puppetmasters are. Things that make you go hmmmmmmm.

    October 25, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  5. Lisa in Ga.

    And he will still lose..... sad but true

    October 25, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  6. Mikaz

    What a lot of people do not understand is that if they elect the recently moderate Mitt, they will also get some baggage. Namely an extremist supreme court and congress.

    October 25, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  7. Kirk in michigan

    Has any republican even asked themselves, if romney wins, but dems have a majority in the house, and they flatout refuse to support ANY legislation, fillibust, like the repubs, how much can we realistically expect to get done?

    October 25, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  8. Kirk in michigan

    And, who would get the blame? if repubs would have even comprimised a little, where would we be now. truth, how much blame do you thnk the repubs have in not turning our economy around by fillibusting? that nuber is zero i would imagine, and if mitt does not do any better, it will surely be obqmas fault. you must be a joy to live with

    October 25, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  9. Mikey

    "The GOP nominee saw a boost in poll numbers this month after a series of strong debate performances."
    Really? He won the first debate because he was agressive and flip-flopped and lied his way throughout the debate, beat low expectations, and because Obama underestimated him, expecting him to crash and burn, which he did not.

    He got his butt whipped in the second and third debates, especially the third where he practically endorsed Obama policies (major league flip-flops), in part because if he would have debated foreign policy on the merits, he would have exposed how unqualified he is to be Commander in Chief.

    October 25, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  10. Kirk in michigan

    Idiot repubs, refuse to even say the word comprimise, that means, give me complete control, or i wont help. boner should be run out on a rail, clearly a more partisan position cannot be taken, he is a as.shole of the first degree. as long as there s a two party system, you have an obligation to comprimise, your Party has one thing right, americans really are stupid, this party has held this country haostage long enough, change your ideaology, or loose miserably the next several elections, obama at least can site obstructionism for his failures

    October 25, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  11. Bill

    Yet with all this money, Romeny still falls short in the electoral column on November 6. Down to 29% chance of winning electoral college based on Nate Silver this morning . Bottom line, you can not buy the election and the math has never worked for Romney. Also, Ohio now edging above 5% in favor of Obama and October jobs report projected to show increase of over 200,000 jobs.

    October 25, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  12. High Way

    Now lets see if Romney and his team could buy its way to the White House. Isn't Romney used to buying what he wants? Let see if the voters have brains to see through that.

    October 25, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  13. cm

    Money can't buy love, but what it can buy is Raggdy Anne's

    October 25, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  14. John Geheran

    Funny how obama's mass cash hauls seem to be treated differently.......not so "mass"?

    October 25, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  15. IvotedearlyforObama

    waste of money

    October 25, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  16. Bill11

    A contractor for the Republican Party of Virginia was arrested on October 18, 2012, and accused of disposing of voter registration forms in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The integrity of our elections is paramount, and every Virginian should be assured that their vote counts.

    The Virginia Attorney General (a republican) has refused to investigate this situation, even though there are indications that this voter registration fraud may be more widespread. The firm which employed this contractor has worked for the Republican Party of Virginia in multiple localities, including Chesapeake City, Fairfax County, Prince William County, Loudoun County, and Virginia Beach City.

    October 25, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  17. Boots

    According to Forbes, as a result of his business career with Bain Capital, Romney and his wife have a net worth of $230 million. As a result of book sales and Treasury investments, President Obama and his wife have a net worth of $9 million. Obama did not make his money climbing over the backs of the working class.

    October 25, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  18. Mike Miller

    That so funny people have money for this election. Obama and Mitt campaign money together could put a lot of people back to work. so people don,t say our economy is bad I see bad company giving millions of dollars two these two but they can,t keep there employee, corporation and the rich are mad at Obama so they stop investing and start laying just enough people off so the economy looks weak and they get there new presidential. It funny how people complaint and blame the Presidential but given the corporation company a free pass the Rich control the US not the government

    October 25, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  19. dscon

    Maybe Obama can ask for the 1/2 billion back that he gave to Solyndra,
    and use THAT $ for HIS campaign?
    or.........heck just print some more "funny" money.

    October 25, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  20. Keith

    Romney $170 million and Obama $181 million for a total of $351 million for the month of September? Wow. Think of all the good that money can do, instead it goes to ads and propaganda and who knows what else. This amount of money makes it impossible for anyone other than a career politician to become president. It also shows that back room deals have probably been made to large contributors.

    October 25, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  21. twin1994

    I guess this means that a lot of people are not happy with the current administration regardless of CCN's distractions not news articles.

    October 25, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  22. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    Big whoop – a couple billionaires and multinational corporations dug around in their pockets and threw some change at Mittens.

    Thanks a helluva lot, Supreme Court, for unleashing this disgusting influence of foreign money on our elections!

    October 25, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  23. Seenitall

    My dad, a life long Democrat from Massachusetts on fix SS sent in $100. He was not happy with the $500 medicare increase he now has to pay.

    October 25, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  24. Tyler

    92% of the donations UNDER $250? That means this $ came from A LOT of people....not just a handful of celebrities. UH OOHHHHH.

    October 25, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  25. jo

    obama has raised more then romney....this is a non story

    October 25, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
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