Mitt Romney thanks major financial backers
November 1st, 2012
05:46 PM ET
8 years ago

Mitt Romney thanks major financial backers

Washington (CNN) – In between campaign stops, Mitt Romney Thursday joined a conference call to thank his campaign's major financial boosters, CNN has learned.

Speaking to members of the campaign's national finance committee, Romney acknowledged the work they did over the past two years helping to raise over $800 million for the campaign and the joint Republican victory effort and said he wasn't sure how to show his appreciation besides telling them, according to one of the participants.

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The effort by these donors and bundlers was critical in helping to keep Romney competitive financially. He is the first Republican nominee not to accept federal matching funds for the general election. Because of that decision Romney has been able to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on campaign ads in the general election and not have to abide by strict spending limits.

He told these key backers the enthusiasm he sees on the campaign trail is helping to keep him motivated in the closing days noting the large turnouts and fired up crowds.

He vowed to have a very aggressive travel schedule over the next four days saying he would be visiting most of the major battlegrounds.

Before he joined the call the campaign finance chairman Spencer Zwick and pollster Neil Newhouse briefed the participants, who gave at least $50,000 to the campaign or raised at least $250,000. Zwick said the campaign is fully-funded and thanks to their efforts they have had the needed resources.

Newhouse said the campaign is still going with its previously outlined 3-2-1 strategy: take back the 3 historically Republican states (Indiana, North Carolina and Virginia); win the 2 key battlegrounds of Ohio and Florida and then capture at least one other key battleground (possibilities include Colorado, Nevada, Wisconsin or New Hampshire). He said he believes the campaign is very competitive in Wisconsin and Virginia.

He tried to reassure these donors and bundlers saying Romney is mostly tied in many of these battlegrounds. While President Obama has a lead in many states it is often within the polls sampling error, he said. Also he pointed to how nationally Romney is doing better with independents than the president.

Campaign officials discussed how they are spending money now in Minnesota and Pennsylvania.

There is increased attention in these closing days to Pennsylvania. A Franklin & Marshall poll released Wednesday shows the president leading Romney 49% to 45% down from a 9 point lead Obama enjoyed in September.

Some additional supporters are traveling to Pennsylvania to beef up the campaign's presence there. As of Wednesday evening, the Romney campaign has bought $1 million worth of television time in the state for ads to run between now and Election Day and is running radio ads there as well.

Obama campaign officials say they believe they will win in Pennsylvania but will not cede any ground to Republicans. To counter Romney and increased buys by Republican super PACs, Obama has bought $1.4 million with of ad time there as well.

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soundoff (61 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    This idiot takes all your money to Cayman Island and stash it safe. Idiot.

    November 1, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  2. Thomas

    Mitt Romney should thank supreme court judge alito and his campaign funding law .

    What a wast of money !

    November 1, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  3. al in memphis

    Was any one of the 47% on this thank you call?

    November 1, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "Mitt Romney thanks major financial backers"

    You better believe that the "thanking" isn't done if he gets elected. That crap will suddenly read as follows:

    "Mitt Romney thanks major financial backers"

    ...with tax cuts, deregulation, a new war for corporate imperialism, destruction of Medicare and SS, appointment of conservative ideologues to the SCOTUS and personal "happy ending" massages in the Oval Office.

    November 1, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  5. Tony

    All that 800 million paid for just one debate win. If I were one of Romney's financial backers I would have pulled the plug a long time ago.

    November 1, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  6. Marto


    November 1, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  7. Bill

    And he better start thinking of how he explains his loss to these "backers" on the morning of November 7. What a joke.

    November 1, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Romney acknowledged the work they did over the past two years helping to raise over $800 million for the campaign and the joint Republican victory effort and said he wasn't sure how to show his appreciation besides telling them,
    What did I tell you? He's started the GOOD-BYE tour of thanks to all those that thought they'd be able to buy this flip-flopping liar and societal pariah into the White House.
    He spoke the truth when he said he didn't know how to show his appreciation except by thanking them because his dreams and their hopes of getting him into the Oval Office have been dashed against the New Jersey and New York shores. Had he made it to the presidency he could've signed his thanks into law, but no such luck.
    How are you going to thank your avid yet rabid bloggers on this site Mittens? What will you do for the soon-to-be-unemployed truth hurts, myviewis (and her fictious business and citizenship), and all the other cyanide drinkers on this thread?
    Well, whatever you do take them into oblivion with you.
    Sayonara Mitts!!
    Obama 2012.

    November 1, 2012 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  9. Thomas

    I guess it's better then wasting the money on wars !

    November 1, 2012 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |

    Wish they gonna ask for refund after Mitt Robme loses on Nov 6th!!!

    It's sad that they picked a LOSER – MITT ROBME!!!!!............this idiot is FRAUD & HOAX all rolled into one and he'll waste his donors hard earned money on his losing campaign while he's stashing his tax-evading wealth in foreign Swiss Bank Account!!!!!

    OBAMA 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!FORWARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 1, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  11. Facts don't Lie

    well I'm sure much of that money didn't come from the 47% so Mitt should thank his rich buddies.

    November 1, 2012 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  12. FactCheck

    All the money that's fit to launder....

    November 1, 2012 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  13. Choco

    who is idiot, jajaja because Obama has money in Cayman Island too.

    November 1, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  14. Where I'll Be Wasting Your Contributions

    Thank you to all my rich donors. Pennsylvania and Minnesota is where I'll be wasting your campaign contributions.

    At least it's good for the economy.

    Cheerio, Mitt.

    November 1, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  15. sayer

    Fools and their money...

    November 1, 2012 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  16. jkane 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???

    Romney is not only a lier and tax cheat but slithers around the campaign laws as well and where's your tax returns. Oh , never mind ,you already lost the election !!!!

    November 1, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  17. Romney cares less

    Fools and their money...

    November 1, 2012 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  18. California Gary

    Oh, don't worry Mitt.........if you should happen to win, your financial backers will be very clear about how they would like to be "thanked".

    November 1, 2012 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  19. tony

    Lol Obama just steal money from everyone! Obama should be impeached for Benghazigate dear Lord i hope the media is done after this election. They are nothing but blow hard liars.

    November 1, 2012 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  20. mario

    Romney and the DEVIL are walking side by side. Money is the rule of all evil and Mitt Romney is doing evreything to win this election. I can not support a man the lies and lies to get his self elected. Please ask Mitt Romney to hold hands with you and pray to Jesus Christ. Mormans will not

    November 1, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  21. uncdig

    Be nice to Obama – he's trying – really he's trying. As far as him putting his money in the Caymans, well, he surely can't invest in the economy he has destroyed in America now – can he? Come on now – he's not as d mb as he looks

    November 1, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  22. incredulous

    Yep, good old Adelson. All that money donated and the only thing he wants in exchange is an expensive and bloody war with Iran that will cost thousands of lives.

    November 1, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  23. Steven Harnack

    Doesn't know how he'll repay them? Why does this sound phony to me?

    November 1, 2012 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  24. CanadaONE

    If Romey wins – NEW BOOK COMING

    "How Greed Destroyed the USA"

    November 1, 2012 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  25. Former Republican, now an Independent

    $800,000,000.00 ? I know he had to thank Karl Rove for all of his secretive Saudi Arabian money, but did he remember to thank the other 9 donors?

    November 1, 2012 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
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