Romney fundraiser: Donors ‘coming out of the woodwork’
So says a headline from The Hill, followed by an article indicating when it comes to raising vast amounts of campaign cash, the Mitt Romney campaign might do what few ever though possible not so long ago - outspend Barack Obama in 2012:
Mitt Romney’s fundraising has skyrocketed since he became the de facto nominee, a top Romney fundraiser told The Hill Wednesday evening.
“People are coming out of the woodwork,” said the fundraiser, who requested not to be named. “A number of my friends who didn’t want to get involved in the primary are now coming off the sidelines for the general election.”
…Romney and the RNC have a combined fundraising goal of $800 million, according to a memo obtained by the New York Times. That figure would likely mean Romney outspends Obama — and that doesn’t factor in the Republican-aligned outside groups, which are expected to outspend their Democratic counterparts by large margins.
And this as part of an earlier letter from a longtime Wall Street insider:
…We still have much work to do before now and November, and I have every intention of fully meeting my obligation in what has been started here. It would not be fair to either yourself or –name deleted- if I was to be so rude as to roll over and die now would it? Perhaps then this adventure we are now on is actually responsible for waking me up each day? Yes, I believe that may very well be true, and so I must thank you for continuing to include me in all of this.
If you have been paying attention to the news reports, which of course you are, then you are seeing the initial results of my efforts. There will be more to come soon. Support has been quite strong. I am actually rather amazed at how deeply the fear for the country now extends. It has brought together a normally quite disparate group of interests. Neither time nor the severity of the moment allows for us to sit and watch and pretend to live above it all. Not anymore. The determination of those who control this administration, and the willingness of this president to assist in their desired outcome has finally awoken us. The defeat of Barack Obama is the most important thing I can do with the time I have left.
… I read the comments of your readers. As many as I can. I am almost shamed to tell you how closely I follow those comments. It borders on obsession. The many who have said I should have done more. Who said I helped or at the very least allowed Barack Obama to be elected president. While my powers of influence certainly are being exaggerated by such comments, the essence of their meaning is accurate. I was both arrogant and lazy. And so I must apologize to them for that. The anger and resentment that Americans feel toward Wall Street is sadly, deserved. At least in part. While we are not the monsters of greed and manipulation some would make of us, so many on Wall Street were not paying attention. That truth cannot be denied. And so there are those of us now working to remedy, in whatever way we can, however best we can, the mistake of our own arrogance and ignorance. I can only speak on my own behalf in this and say that my hope to do just that is quite sincere in each and every breath I now take, and in each and every breath I have left in me to do so.