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. Leslie

    He is a crook the rich and all his contributors are rich, go figure! Open your eyes Americans and vote for Pres. Obama who is fighting for the average Americans rights!

    October 25, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  2. wolfpackbob

    It is The Economy, Mr. President. Your Economy, Mr. President. You built that.

    October 25, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  3. Louis in Wisc.

    All the $ in the world won't buy this CULT leader the election..

    October 25, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  4. M

    One can say what they want concerning Romney's fundraising, but Obama's campaign still has him beat by nearly 200 million raised. has a competant overview of campaign funds raised and spent by all the campaigns, as well as who gives what and how much is raised by the SuperPACs. Far more competant than CNN I see...

    October 25, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  5. gladiatorgrl

    the 1% out to buy this election......

    October 25, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  6. SentTheWave

    What a waste of money.

    October 25, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. OA

    this is why Romney will win the election, the men behind the curtain will simply buy it. The polls aren't even that close, it's just close so that when they do buy the the election it wont look bad.

    October 25, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. duane st.pete Florida

    Romney 2012 the man with a plan.....

    October 25, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  9. Kirk in michigan

    Hey four @the door, how is your business doing today, 4 years ago? and how will the repubs do when fillibusted, man i can hear it now. but your party has put party before people for so long, i doubt thay even care about your business, unless its huge. what do you think bout cheeney soliciting congress to drop natural gas from minerals mangment, deregulated so to speak, im referring to the frontline special gasland, this is a clear example of why we need regulation, in energy companies, deep water horizon exposed the corruption that allowed this to happen, and guess what, not one new regulation since, despite universal agreement something like that should never have happened. but profit first, and whatever comes after does'nt really matter

    October 25, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  10. gus

    I guess his rich friends dont want Obama to ask them to pay a little more.

    October 25, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  11. Fred Evil

    So, stealing is his bailiwick, you know!

    October 25, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  12. bczu

    4 more years!

    October 25, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  13. joe

    they can stick the money from their eleven donars where the sun don't shine, Thats not democracy and the quicker we over turn the law alloying these super pac the better, Who knows whaat we will be beholden to if mittens gets elected. Most of the Obama donors come from the people average guys who donate 3 or 5 bucks. Are we going to be a country run by the rich few??? Vote all repos out in every race in every state.

    October 25, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  14. Fair is Fair

    Excellent news... now use the funs to flood the airwaves to highlight Obama's dismal failure on the economy.

    The economy... the economy... the economy.

    October 25, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  15. calamity jane

    Through a closely held equity fund called Solamere, Mitt Romney and his wife, son and brother are major investors in an investment firm called H.I.G. Capital. H.I.G. in turn holds a majority share and three out of five board members in Hart Intercivic, a company that owns the notoriously faulty electronic voting machines that will count the ballots in swing state Ohio November 7. Hart machines will also be used elsewhere in the United States.

    In other words, a candidate for the presidency of the United States, and his brother, wife and son, have a straight-line financial interest in the voting machines that could decide this fall’s election. These machines cannot be monitored by the public. But they will help decide who “owns” the White House.

    October 25, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  16. Mo

    No surprise here...this is apart of the plan that the power's that be in the country along with the Republican leaders in Congress and the Tea Party put comes the all out media started yesterday with Trump's's a shame what people do for greed!

    October 25, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  17. pcalif

    This is where the Mormon Church came in by selling Ancestry.Com for a "hedge fund" for almost $2B. Wait until after the election and you will see a lot of financial garbage come out about Ancestry.Com. Try to hide the money trail. This is the same scenario when Meg Whitman tried to run for governor of Calif. As CEO of EBay (another Mormon owned co), she claimed to have spent $100M of her own money. Of course, she didn't have that kind of money but immediately after that loss to Jerry Brown, EBay claimed a huge financial loss of "undetermined" origin. What the media didn't cover additionally, was that Gov Brown had a law in the making that made EBay, among others of course, pay taxes to the State of Calif on mail orders. This really shook up EBay.

    October 25, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  18. Hadenuffyet

    And who's taking advantage of hand outs now?

    October 25, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  19. harrisonhits2

    Yes Romney's wall street owners are tossing around the cash so they can be deregulated again and steal what little remains of America's wealth. I will credit them for being the most successful group of thieves in the history of the world.

    October 25, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  20. NVa Native

    For Romoney and all the Grand Wizards of the GOP its all about the money. To them everything is about the money.

    October 25, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  21. Rush

    ...and that came from just two guys...

    October 25, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  22. debbie

    You want to talk about Money????? Why not ask our President who has collected more money, WHERE IS he getting it from??? Like from Foreign companies!!! Will you people at CNN ever report the TRUTH????? Or do you like as much as the White House??

    October 25, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  23. gordyb

    Barnum and Bailey said, A SUCKER IS BORN EVERY MINUTE.

    October 25, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  24. Tbear

    Such Bull, Spinning the numbers again. You have 4-5 large 30-40 million donations and a large ammount of small donations and of course your average donation is small.

    October 25, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  25. peridot2

    Desperate to win, Republicans throw cash into the ring to support their candidate.

    October 25, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
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