Republican Presidential Contender Raises $18 Million in 2nd Quarter
Former governor of Massachusetts, Republican Mitt Romney, will be reporting to the Federal Election Commission that he raised $18.25 million from April 1st through June 30th.The report is due to be filed by the middle of July and will include the fact that he received his donations from contributors in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.Spencer Zwick, the Chairman of the “Romney for President National Finance Committee” said that,
“Voters are responding to Mitt Romney’s message that President Obama’s policies have failed and that we need new leadership in Washington. Our fund-raising for the second quarter represents the strong support Mitt Romney has across the country.”
Back in 2007, when Romney ran against Obama the first time, he reported raising $23.34 million during the first quarter of the campaign, a comparable time period. That’s $5 million more than what he is reporting for this year.In 2007 Romney also reported lending his political committee over $2 million in seed money. Romney did not do that this year.Romney also contributed more than $45 million of his own personal resources to his first campaign for president, something that he had originally said he would not do, saying it would be “akin to a nightmare” for a candidate claiming a broad base of support to do.Romney’s intensive fund-raising campaign this year underscores his strong desire not to once again rely on his personal funds in the election race and rather to show a more popular backing of support than he had in his previous campaign.