Ron Paul Leads Pawlenty, Huntsman in 2nd Quarter Fundraising

More

The second-quarter of political fundraising ended on Thursday, and while we won't reach the filing deadline for another two weeks, campaigns are starting to announce their hauls.

So far, this is what we know:

  • Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) has raised at least $4.5 million, and his campaign is still counting up the checks, according to a senior campaign official
  • Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty raised $4.2 million, according to campaign spokesman Alex Conant: "Gov. Pawlenty will report that his campaign has raised about $4.2 million, and begins the third quarter with more available cash-on-hand than the Republicans who won the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary had in July 2007."
  • Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman raised $4.1 million. Huntsman donated "less than half" of that money himself, according to an anonymous aide quoted by The Washington Post

Since 3rd quarter fundraising numbers won't come out for another three months, candidates will look for solid totals not just to add to their bank accounts, but to send an early message to potential donors that they're going to be competitive. Good fundraising can beget more good fundraising; low numbers can lead to a run of bad press.

Ron Paul impressed many with his fundraising ability in 2008, having taken in over $34 million before he dropped out in early March of that year. With an early lead over Pawlenty, seen as a more viable mainstream candidate, Paul seems to be replicating that success.

Jump to comments
Presented by

Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

What Is a City?

Cities are like nothing else on Earth.


Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity

Video

Is Technology Making Us Better Storytellers?

The minds behind House of Cards and The Moth weigh in.

Video

A Short Film That Skewers Hollywood

A studio executive concocts an animated blockbuster. Who cares about the story?

Video

In Online Dating, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist

The co-founder of OKCupid shares findings from his analysis of millions of users' data.

Video

What Is a Sandwich?

We're overthinking sandwiches, so you don't have to.

Video

Let's Talk About Not Smoking

Why does smoking maintain its allure? James Hamblin seeks the wisdom of a cool person.

Writers

Up
Down

More in Politics

Just In