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Despite Difficulties, Rick Perry Raises $2.9 Million in 4th Quarter 2011

Feb 1, 2012
Joe Hyde

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Federal Election Commission campaign finance reports fourth quarter 2011

Despite the lagging polls and criticized debate performances, Rick Perry managed to raise just under $3 million during the fourth quarter of 2011, as the Iowa slug-fest of underway. But during the same time period, Mitt Romney's campaign raised a staggering $24 million. Getting out-fundraised by eight-to-one was no doubt a contributing factor in Perry's decision to withdraw from the race and return to Texas.

Here are some other notable bits of information from the campaign finance reports for the fourth quarter:

  • Herman Cain raised an astonishing $11.5 million. But, he had to spend $11.8 million to raise it. He didn't have a traditional "vote for me" television or radio advertising campaign in Iowa or New Hampshire, because he dropped out of the race Dec. 2. Taking into account his campaign's $500,000 debt for his books sold at his campaign stops, this means that Cain spent as much money as he raised to advertise for his fundraising. If I donated to the Cain campaign, I'd be pissed about how ineffective the money raised was. It only benefitted talk radio hosts and conservative websites like Drudge.
  • Santorum runs the most efficient campaign, burning only $9,300 per day. For comparison, Cain, a fellow second-tier candidate who dropped out early, spent $185,000 per day.
  • Top tier candidate Mitt Romney spent the most per day at $211,000 per day, and he won (or nearly won) two contests. No doubt, this amount per day includes the operations of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Florida. Four campaigns.
  • Perry spent $158,000 per day, with most all of it going to television, radio, Internet, and direct mail advertising in Iowa. That could only earn him 5th place?

Here is a table summary of the GOP nomination race campaign finance reports for the fourth quarter of 2011, filed by all candidates on Jan. 31, 2012.

FEC Filing Cash Flow Analysis, Q4 2011 GOP Candidates

Ordered by "cash-on-hand," as reported for the beginning of the 4th Quarter, ending 12/31/2011)

Candidate Cash on Hand 10/1/2011 Cash Raised Cash Spent Cash on Hand 12/31/2011 Q4 Cash Flow Daily Burn Rate Link to Filing
Perry $15,078,415.22 $2,909,565.49 $14,226,095.17 $3,761,885.54 -($11,316,529.68) $158,067.72 Link
Romney $14,656,965.83 $24,278,503.06 $19,019,342.53 $19,916,126.36 $5,259,160.53 $211,326.03 Link
Paul $3,668,183.16 $13,322,158.032 $15,085,426.39 $1,904,914.80 -($1,763,268.36) $167,615.85 Link
Bachmann $1,339,184.10 $1,712,152.46 $2,692,611.90 $358,724.66 -($980,459.44) $29,917.91 Link
Cain $1,333,878.56 $11,480,745.35 $11,828,193.55 $1,333,778.56 -($347,448.20) $184,815.52 Link
Gingrich $353,416.71 $9,822,375.66 $8,066,961.14 $2,108,831.23 $1,755,414.52 $89,632.90 Link
Huntsman $327,614.50 $1,404,236.12 $1,620,885.17 $110,965.45 -($216,649.05) $18009.84 Link
Santorum $189,556.94 $920,427.57 $831,049.90 $278,934.61 $89,377.67 $9,233.89 Link

Burn rate is daily ($/day), calculated by dividing the Cash Spent by 90 days. Herman Cain suspended his campaign Dec. 2, so his burn rate is calculated over 64 days. All others calculated over 90 days.

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There are rumours in the

Feb 1, 2012 5:04 pm
Vickie Doherty

There are rumours in the comment section on redstate that Perry might get back in the race. A Perry presidency would be our best chance to restore American principles. But these are only rumours and it's difficult to see a viable path for him at this time. It does rekindle hopes to read the posts and we could see his return in 2014 or 2016. Given our current situation and choice of candidates,it isn't surprising that many of us lament Governor Perry's withdrawal from the race.

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Yes I too hope he will return

Feb 1, 2012 5:23 pm
nancy sabet

Yes I too hope he will return, but I cannot wait till 2016, we need him NOW.

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I would love to see a

Feb 1, 2012 8:04 pm
Carol Lawrence

I would love to see a brokered convention and bring him back. I don't know that he would come back. The country really needs him. Additionally what the country needs is to rotate the starting primaries and not have Iowa and New Hampshire starting every year.

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Over at the Damn Dirty Rino,

Feb 2, 2012 11:29 am
Joe Hyde

Over at the Damn Dirty Rino, there's a good discussion going on about the "Cain Stain," aka Herman Cain's campaign... and his finances.

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There are a lot of us who

Feb 6, 2012 1:16 pm
Vickie Doherty

There are a lot of us who would like to see Governor Perry get back in the race. That is the goal of the new web site This is a good place to visit for Perry supporters. This kind of activism is important either for now, or in the event of a brokered convention or 2016/2020.The greater the number of people who get involved will increase his chances for a win in the future. This is a site to pass on to as many people as we can.

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Joe, I met you in Iowa. You

Feb 14, 2012 9:51 pm
Tom Thorn

Joe, I met you in Iowa. You did a great job of pivoting your Rick Perry site into the Rowdy Pulpit. I'm still a Romney supporter for the same exact reason. nothing has changed. I knew you tried hard to convince me otherwise.