Romney Buys Groupon; Rakes in Dough in Mass., Utah

By Eliza

Jul 15, 2011 6:23pm

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ABC News' Emily Friedman (@EmilyABC) reports:

Mitt Romney reports having raised more than $18 million during the second quarter, here's a quick breakdown of the highlights:

He got the most money from supporters in California — raking in $2.3 million there. Second most lucrative state was New York, earning the campaign $2.1 million.

In New Hampshire, where Romney has dedicated the vast majority of his time since launching his campaign in June, supporters in the Granite State gave $98,775. In both Romney's home state of Massachusetts and in Utah supporters gave approximately $1.3 million. In Iowa, where Romney has decided to skip the Ames Straw Poll next month, just $39,000 was raised.

And what did the Romney camp spend some of their loot on?

There was more the more than $40,000 to the ritzy Las Vegas hotel The Wynn Resort around the time of his National Call Day in May — which raised more than $10 million for the campaign — and another $42,000 to Sin City's Venetian hotel.

More than half a million dollars — $571,710 to be precise — went to payroll and $186,250 went to strategy consulting. About $10,000 went to the GOP Shoppe for campaign swag.

And then there was the $10 expense in May for Office Supplies, paid in full to Groupon in Chicago, the website known for its "deal of the day" in various cities around the country.

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