by Steven Ertelt
April 3, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The new fundraising figures are in for presidential candidates and, though he ranks behind them in both national and state polls, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney raised significantly more money than either ex-New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani or Arizona Sen. John McCain.
Romney brought in $23 million in first-quarter fundraising which puts him ahead of the $15 million Giuliani has and the $12.5 million McCain took in.
The fundraising reports showed that two Republicans who are drawing support form pro-life advocates failed to come close to the leaders in generating campaign cash.
Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback reported raising $1.9 million, but part of it came from his Senate campaign account. And former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee took in $500,000.
In interviews on television talk shows Tuesday morning, Romney discussed the fundraising results and said it was because he has "a message that’s connecting" with voters. He also said that polls are mostly an indication of name identification at this point and that he’s not yet a household name.
"I’m heartened by the fact that I’ve received extraordinary contributions from all over the country," Romney said on NBC’s "Today" show.
Romney recently switched from backing abortion to a pro-life view and the total may indicate pro-life advocates are confident enough in his newfound position to support him.
The fundraising totals are bad news for McCain’s campaign, which has been seen as floundering recently with him losing support to Romney and pro-life former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, who said he may join the race.
But the numbers may not mean much as Republican Phil Gramm of Texas and Democrat Al Gore of Tennessee were the fundraising leaders in 1999 and neither went on to win the presidency.
On the Democratic side, pro-abortion New York Sen. Hillary Clinton led with $26 million and pro-abortion Senator Barack Obama brought $20 million in the first quarter.