(Red Right Returning is a look back at the activity of the past week of the Republican candidates in the 2012 primary. RRR is a nautical mnemonic for the side of the buoy or marker on which you should pilot your ship in order to stay in the channel. Feel free to voice your opinions on the candidates in the comment section.)
Candidates had to turn in their second quarter campaign financial statements yesterday. President Obama pretty much out-raised the entire Republican field 3:1 with about $46 million. How you like me now, Citizens United? And Obama refuses to accept PAC money.
Pack leader Mitt raised about $18 million which is decent until you consider that he had raised $21 million by this same time in 2007. And he was in fourth place then.
Everybody else came in with single digits: Ron Paul at $4.5 Million, Tim Pawlenty at $4.3 million, Michele Bachmann at $3.6 million, and Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich right at the $2 Million mark. Gingrich’s problem is that he’s $1 million in the hole already so it’s not surprising his campaign staff quit. They probably like the idea of getting paid.
Newcomers Jon Huntsman and Thad McCotter didn’t have anything to report yet and Rick Santorum came in at a paltry 1/2 million which doesn’t bode well for running a competitive campaign. We’re still five months away from an Iowa caucus so all this could change next quarter.