by Joseph Weber, The Washington Times
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney raised $1.8 million during the past three months, outpacing other potential 2012 GOP presidential candidates and indicating that his national profile appears to be growing.
Mr. Romney‘s political action committee, Free and Strong America PAC, raised roughly $3.4 million in the past 17 months, including the $1.8 million in the second quarter, for a total of $6.2 million since 2008, according to official Federal Election Commission numbers posted Thursday.
His second-quarter numbers eclipsed those of Sarah Palin, the 2008 GOP vice-presidential candidate. Mrs. Palin‘s SarahPAC raised $866,000 over the April-to-June period for a total of $3.4 million in 18 months.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty‘s second-quarter haul of $723,500 nearly matched Mrs. Palin‘s and gave him $2.5 million in the first half of the year, according to his Freedom First PAC. He has roughly $940,000 in cash on hand.
Republican political strategist Elliott Curson said Mr. Romney‘s numbers are no surprise. He said Americans who meet Mr. Romney realize that he best understands the country’s economic problems and how to fix them.
GOP strategist Karen Hanretty, now with the Washington-based Qorvis group, said Mr. Romney‘s success might be a case of “buyer’s remorse by Republicans” for not making him the party’s 2008 presidential nominee, considering his experience as governor and his business knowledge that might have helped the U.S. through the recession.
She said Mrs. Palin is still a contender, but the bigger issue is whether she will run in 2012.
“She now in a role that appears meant for her – advocating for disaffected conservatives who believe the Democratic Party has left them.”
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