Herman Cain Raised Nearly $2.5 Million in Second Quarter

Jul 2, 2011 10:49am

ABC News’ Katie Slaman reports:

GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain has raised more than $2.46 million in the second quarter, according to a campaign press release previewing the candidate's first FEC filing.

The campaign says they pulled in donations from over 27,000 individuals from all 50 states, but it's unclear how much money Mr. Cain personally contributed. 

"I have had to put a little bit of money in, in order to prime the pump," Cain told Fox News' Neil Cavuto on Thursday.

When asked how much was "a little bit" – the former CEO of Godfather's Pizza did not specify but said, "I'm not rich, Neil,” in comparison to frontrunner Mitt Romney.

Cain's $2.46 million puts him below all of his GOP rivals that have revealed their fundraising numbers for the second quarter – something Mr. Cain had anticipated.

"I won't have more money than any of the any of the candidates," he told Cavuto.

Three Republican candidates are neck-in-neck with their second quarter fundraising. Tim Pawlenty raised $4.2 million, Rep Ron Paul raised $4.5 million, and Jon Huntsman raised $4.1, although a portion – less than half – was donated by Huntsman himself.  Mitt Romney's team has been indicating they're on pace to raise about 20 million. 

Mr. Cain, who has never held public office, said his campaign has no debt to report and hopes it will send a clear message to politicians about their spending habits as the country struggles with enormous debt.

"In my career as a business executive, I employed sound economic principles of fiscal responsibility that I will maintain throughout my campaign," he said in the press release. "I hope to set an example to those in Washington who should be doing the same."

Meanwhile, it appears Cain has lost key members of his staff in two crucial states – Iowa and New Hampshire.

Iowa campaign director Tina Goff has submitted her resignation, according to the TheIowaRepublican.com, along with Cain's Straw Poll coordinator Kevin Hall.

Goff told TheIowaRepublican.com she left the campaign because they refused to make a serious effort in Iowa – a similar complaint Matt Murphy made to the Union Leader about the campaign's efforts in New Hampshire. 

Murphy was the campaign director for Cain in the Granite State and resigned last week along with one of Cain's regional directors.

Cain's spokesperson Ellen Carmichael told ABC News on Monday they would name a replacement for Murphy "in the coming days,” although they have not named a new hire yet. 

In the press release, it notes the campaign plans to announce additional staff in the coming weeks.

Herman Cain will be in Ohio today to deliver a speech at the We the People Convention.  He’ll then campaign in Pennsylvania, Iowa, and New Hampshire for the remainder of the Fourth of July weekend.


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