Romney Raises More Than All His Republican Contenders Combined

Jul 6, 2011 8:08am

ABC News' Emily Friedman (@EmilyABC) reports:

Mitt Romney announced today that his campaign raised $18.25 million during the second fundraising quarter, exceeding the amount earned by all of his republican counterparts combined.

The campaign also says all the money raised is comprised of primary contributions only and no general election funds.

Gov. Romney contributed none of his personal fortune to his campaign, according to an aide.

Cash on hand for the campaign totals at $12.6 million, and they report that they have spent 31 percent of what they've earned.

Contributions came in from all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

In an e-mail statement, Romney for President National Finance Chairman Spencer Zwick said, "Voters are responding to Mitt Romney's message that President Obama's policies have failed and that we need new leadership in Washington, Our fundraising for the second quarter represents the strong support Mitt Romney has across the country."

The campaign had tempered expectations of their fundraising ability in the days leading up to the quarter's close, one senior adviser telling ABC News that the “poor economy isn’t just a talking point for [the campaign], it’s taking a toll on our donors.”

Romney raised more than $10 million during a "National Call Day" in Las Vegas in May and had attended as many as 30 fundraisers over the past few weeks. Today, the former Massachusetts governor heads to the U.K. to attend a fundraiser with voters living across the pond. 

Even so, Romney out-earned every one of his republican rivals who have reported their fundraising numbers to date: Tim Pawlenty reported raising $4.2 million this quarter, Newt Gingrich earned $2 million, Herman Cain saw nearly $2.5 million and Ron Paul raised $4.5 million and Jon Hunstman raised $4.2 million.

Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum and President Barack Obama have not yet divulged their fundraising numbers.

In 2007, during Romney's first presidential bid, the campaign reported earning $20.9 million but spending far more — $20.7. Total cash on hand at that time was just over $12 million and the campaign owed nearly $9 million in debt. 

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