Mitt Romney raised $12.6 million in March for his primary, his campaign said Friday. Watch for the number to quickly jump. Now that Romney is the all-but-certain nominee, he is starting to raise money jointly with the Republican National Committee, which will allow him, under federal law, to collect much bigger donations from individuals.
Romney's campaign refuses to disclose their top bundlers, people who use their personal networks to help raise money. The gist I get from folks associated with the campaign--disclosure can only bring on endless stories about contributors. Better to take a hit about non-disclosure than deal with substantive stories about their donors and their connections.
Yet the Romney team and Republicans jump on negative stories--such as Solyndra-- about big bundlers for President Barack Obama that can only exist because Obama makes public his top fund-raisers.
The Romney campaign in Boston also declines to allow a pool reporter into fund-raisers where Romney or Ann Romney makes remarks.
Obama evolved on fund-raising disclosure from his days as an Illinois senator, perhaps Romney will too.
below, from the Romney campaign...
ROMNEY FOR PRESIDENT RAISES NEARLY $12.6 MILLION IN PRIMARY FUNDS IN MARCH
Raises $87 Million in Primary Funds in Twelve Months
Boston, MA - Romney for President today announced it has raised nearly $12.6 million in primary funds in March. In the last 12 months, the campaign has raised $87 million in primary funds. The campaign has nearly $10.1 million cash on hand. Announcing the campaign's fundraising total, Romney for President National Finance Chairman Spencer Zwick made the following statement:
"Mitt Romney's continued strong fundraising shows that voters across the country are tired of the failures from President Obama. We will continue the hard work to raise the necessary funds to defeat President Obama and change the direction of the country."
Romney for President has no debt and, as of March 31st, had accepted only primary campaign contributions. Mitt Romney has not made any personal loans or contributions to the campaign.
FAST FACTS About Romney For President's Fundraising:
· $87 Million Raised In Primary Funds In Twelve Months
· 84% Of All Donations Received Through The End Of March Were $250 Or Less
· $11.6 Million Raised By Donations Under $250 Through The End Of March
· 286,520 Donations Under $250 Received Through The End Of March
· 89% Of All Donors Can Still Donate Again To The Primary
· Nearly $12.6 Million Raised In Primary Funds In March, The Best Fundraising Month Of The Campaign
· Contributions Received From All 50 States And Washington, D.C.