UPDATE, 2:15 pm: Huckabee's numbers seem even less impressive given that Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) -- far more of a longshot than the former Arkansas Governor -- raised more than $5 million over the last three months.
One of the biggest questions as the third fundraising quarter closed over the weekend was whether former Gov. Mike Huckabee (Ark.) had been able to parlay his surprise second place showing at the Ames Straw Poll into a financial windfall that could boost him into the top-tier of the Republican race.
The Fix was handed the answer a few minutes ago -- and the news is decidedly mixed.
Huckabee will show roughly $1 million raised between July 1 and Sept. 30 with $600,000 left on hand, according to campaign manager Chip Saltsman.
Saltsman said that more than 80 percent of Huckabee's third quarter take came in after the Ames Straw poll in early August and that in the last week the campaign has done two $100,000 plus events including one Tuesday night in Texarkana. "The last couple of weeks have been very good for us," added Saltsman.
Unfortunately, Huckabee's total is probably not good enough. With former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) reportedly raising $8 million and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) expected to come in somewhere between $5 and $6 million raised for the quarter, Huckabee is still lagging far behind. (And that's before the former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney -- the race's frontrunners -- release their totals.)
Huckabee has never pretended to be a strong fundraiser and the reality is that Saltsman and the finance team started essentially from scratch when Huckabee entered the race. He collected $545,000 in the first three months of the year and another $766,000 between April 1 and June 30.
The reality is that Huckabee -- a small state governor with no national network -- was never going to be able to compete with Giuliani and Romney (and even Thompson) when it comes to money. But, it would certainly have helped his cause if he had been able to come within shouting distance of McCain this quarter, which he didn't.
Huckabee is still likely to have enough money to run an active (if not Rolls Royce) campaign for the Iowa caucuses early next year. His best hope is to pull off another surprise there and hope that builds his momentum financially and otherwise heading into New Hampshire and beyond.
Ron Paul 08
Is there a summary of total funds of all candidates online somewhere?
Great job everyone! The more people who hear his message, the more money he'll get and the more support.
One other thing, I'd say that out of ALL the Republicans, Ron Paul's going to have the strongest campaign in the states he chooses simply because he's got the best supporters. We all know that no one else can match our dedication, it's time to show what we can do!
it looks like the average donation was about $40, which means that RP had the largest number of donors in the GOP.
Here's the e-mail to Countdown:
If you haven't watched Olbermann (I watch online every night if I can), he's fairy obsessed with beating O'Reilly in the ratings. I think if we tell him that if he says that he will cover RP's fundraising numbers (and RP in general) we can almost guarantee him a huge bump in viewership. Agree with me?
Let's tell him.... please cover it tonight or tell us that tomorrow he will cover Ron Paul and let's get him some viewers. He'll love smoking O'Reilly in the Ratings
This is the MSNBC newsbreak
It has 7 views due to people searching even with the link posted no where!
Here's a link to the story on MSNBC about Paul's fundraising numbers. How do we contact MSNBC to correct them about repeatedly calling him an "isolationist"? I didn't find a good contact, but it should really be done.
That's a "head turning" number!
Go Ron Paul!
Can us just a tiny group of fringe spammers now Mainstream Media!
...it really wasn't $5,080,000.... it was a few fanatical Ron Paul supporters who just spammed the same $1 about FIVE MILLION times!!!
LOL...... AND I WAS THE ONLY ONE TO SPAM IT 5,000,000 TIMES!!!!!
I may have to steal your joke, for recycling on other sites! ;) Thanks.
...I "borrowed" it from elsewhere as well.
Reason Magazine forum, I think.
Great news! I knew it was going to be between 5 and 6 million, haha.
What is the source of MSNBC's figures? RP's HQ?
I loved it only the idiot newscaster called Ron Paul an "isolationist" instead of his true constitutional standing as a "noninterventionist". They just cannot seem to get it right can they? Anyway, I did love the breaking news of them having to admit that he is one that cannot be dismissed after having amassed OVER 5 MILLION DOLLARS!
That'll probably put him at close to $6.5 million total money on hand after expenses! Right ON!
Who is John Galt? Vote ███ ███ 2012!
He has $5,300,000 on hand
"""Ron Paul's 114 percent increase is in stark contrast to the decrease suffered by Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani, and John McCain. Romney's fundraising was down 29 percent. Giuliani was down 40 percent. McCain was down 55 percent."""
Does anyone know how many total donors Dr. Paul received from compared to the other 'candidates?'