Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign announced Wednesday that it received $18.3 million in contributions in the second quarter, by far the most raised by any of the Republican candidates during the three-month fundraising period that ended June 30.
The former Massachusetts governor also reported cash on hand of $12.6 million, and a “burn rate” of 31 percent off of donations received from contributors in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Romney’s take presumably included more than $10 million raised in a single day in May during an all-day phone bank held in Las Vegas.
“Voters are responding to Mitt Romney’s message that President [Barack] Obama’s policies have failed and that we need new leadership in Washington. Our fundraising for the second quarter represents the strong support Mitt Romney has across the country,” Romney campaign Finance Chairman Spencer Zwick said in a statement.
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.