Friday, June 24, 2011

Romney on way to obliterating the GOP field in fundraising?

Posted By on Fri, Jun 24, 2011 at 7:11 AM

Yesterday we mocked Public Policy Polling's survey of Florida Republican voters for including Jeb Bush in one of their matchups, but the real story was that Mitt Romney has a solid, 10 point lead over any other GOP contender in the Sunshine State a week before the 4th of July weekend, some eights months or so before those voters will participate in the state's presidential primary.

But the bigger story emerging is what a juggernaut the former Massachusetts Governor is proving to be when it comes to raising money in comparison to his opponents.

Politico reports that when the fundraising totals for the second quarter of this year are announced on July 15, Romney could be flirting with busting the previous record for this time span, the $36.2 million that George W. Bush raised in 1999.

Romney has been classified by the mainstream political media as one of the three most "serious" contenders for the nomination. The others are two other former governors, Minnesota's Tim Pawlenty and Utah's Jon Hunstman.

The news on the T-Paw financial front isn't very impressive.

The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that "at least five top advisers to former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty have been working for little or no pay for several months.."

In fairness to the Pawlenty, a similar story was reported four years ago in the summer of 2007, when campaign operatives for John McCain also went without pay, right before his campaign just about hit rock bottom. The rest is history - yeah, he lost the general election, but nobody was predicting back then that he'd be the GOP nominee that year. At least that's something for the T-Paw forces to hang their hat on, I suppose.

And Huntsman? Well, he's just getting started, and really trying to make a splash here in Florida. Expectations will be tempered for next month's financial report since he's only been a candidate for three days so far.

Insiders are also looking forward to seeing how Michele Bachmann does on the financial reports, since her standout performance at the debate in New Hampshire last week has generated expectations that she will become the Tea Party candidate that will challenge "Mittens."

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