WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney is continuing to raise money at a rapid clip, bringing in nearly $1.7 million over three months and continuing to outpace other possible 2012 Republican presidential hopefuls.
Former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin brought in $1.2 million between July and September, according to federal campaign contribution data, while Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty reportedly collected about $778,000.
Romney’s haul was bolstered by five state political action committees that he has established, in addition to his federal committee. He raised $1 million through his federal PAC, and $640,000 through statewide PACs established in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Alabama, and Michigan.
The latest figures were released today by some of the campaigns and will be submitted to the Federal Election Commission in the coming days.
In addition to raising money, Romney has been spending it in an effort to generate good will and elect like minded candidates. Romney has contributed $940,000 this year, including $531,000 over the latest three month period.
Romney is also stepping up his stumping. He was in Harrisburg, Penn., yesterday campaigning for gubernatorial candidate Tom Crobett, and today he’s in Bedminster, NJ, for congressman Leonard Lance. Next week he’s traveling to Wisconsin and Minnesota for campaign events.
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