Romney Left Convention With $50 Million to Spend on Campaign
Republican presidential candidate
Mitt Romney emerged from his party’s nominating convention with
$50.4 million to spend on his campaign, Federal Election
Commission filings show.
Romney raised $86.6 million last month, including $39.2
million from a joint fundraising committee with the Republican
National Committee and state parties, and took out a $20 million
loan secured by future campaign donations to pay expenditures
until he became the nominee. The campaign reported owing $15
million at the end of August, though it has since paid back
another $4 million.
The former Massachusetts governor reported $50.4 million in
the bank as of Aug. 31, the day after he accepted his party’s
nomination at the Republican National Convention in Tampa,
He has now raised more than $283 million for his campaign.
President Barack Obama is to disclose his August fundraising
later today. He reported raising more than $356 million through
July 31 for both the pre-convention period and the general
Romney has also been helped by the fundraising prowess of
the Republican National Committee and super-political action
committees. Both have raised more money than their Democratic
counterparts for the presidential election.
One of the super-PACs, Restore Our Future, raised $7
million and spent $21 million last month — more than its
expenditures in any other month and more than in the three
previous months combined.
Restore Our Future helped carry Romney’s message and
attacked Obama at a time when his campaign was running short on
money because it couldn’t yet tap its general-election funds.
Television and online advertising accounted for almost the
entire August super-PAC budget.
Restore Our Future, which had about $6.3 million cash on
hand at the end of the month, has raised $96.7 million and spent
$90.3 million for the 2012 election.
Top contributors last month, each for $1 million, included
Odyssey Re Holding Corp. in Stamford, Connecticut, and Robert Parsons, founder and executive chairman of Godaddy.com Inc.
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