WASHINGTON -- New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson raised $7 million in the last three months in his Democratic presidential bid, surpassing his first quarter fund-raising, his campaign announced yesterday.
Richardson disclosed the figure one day before the end of the second quarter.
Meanwhile, Republican Mitt Romney's presidential campaign predicted that his April-June fund-raising would fall short of the $20 million he raised in the first quarter of the year, lowering expectations in a tight race for financial prominence.
Rival John McCain's campaign urged supporters to contribute, conceding it is "close to but short of our overall fund-raising goals."
With today marking the end of the second quarter reporting period, Democratic and Republican candidates wrapped up a flurry of money events while their staffs jockeyed for a public relations advantage. Some campaigns planned to announce total fund-raising figures as early as tomorrow.
In a memorandum from senior advisers, the Romney camp said campaign events, debates, and debate preparation during the past three months had taken time from fund-raising by the former Massachusetts governor. At the same time, the memo said Romney had succeeded in expanding his political and financial base.
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign announced this week that her fund-raising total for the second quarter would be in the range of $27 million -- a record for a Democrat -- but predicted that Democratic rival Barack Obama would significantly outraise her.
The Obama camp touted his ability to attract about 150,000 donors this quarter for a total of more than 250,000 for the year. Obama aides would not say how much money he would raise, though the number of donors suggest he will at least match if not surpass the $25.7 million he raised from January through March.
While Obama and Clinton raised nearly equal amounts in the first quarter, Obama surpassed Clinton in money raised for the primary election. Obama aides circulated a memo to reporters this week reminding them that general election money can only be used by the candidate who wins the nomination and is useless in a primary campaign.
Democrat John Edwards, who raised $14 million in the first quarter, was exhorting his supporters to meet a $9 million goal for the second quarter. As of yesterday afternoon, the campaign reported that he had raised more than $8.5 million from more than 58,000 donors.
In the Republican field, Romney supporters predicted that Rudy Giuliani, former New York mayor, would lead the GOP field this quarter. Giuliani raised $14 million in the first quarter, a solid showing given a late start in the campaign. He was wrapping up the second quarter with a fund-raising swing through California.
McCain appeared to be struggling with fund-raising as he did in the first quarter. He was third in total money raised.