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$11 Million For Giuliani

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani finally filled out the rest of the Republican money picture, and if you're a stalwart for the GOP, it ain't pretty.

Giuliani raised $10.5 million in primary money, $11 million overall, which (barely) makes him the Republican money leader for the third quarter. And perhaps the best news for Giuliani supporters -- his campaign reports he will enter the critical final months of 2007 (when it's time to start buying all those television ads) with $16 million in cash on hand. That compares favorably to Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who reported having about $9 million in cash on hand, and that was with an $8.5 million loan from his personal bank account.

Though the cash on hand will be helpful, it does not mean the campaign has been operating on a shoe string. Giuliani had $18 million on hand going into the summer, meaning he spent about $13 million over the past three months, a period when he had yet to buy any significant time on television.

Sen. John McCain's campaign also released their numbers this afternoon. McCain expects to report $6 million raised in the third quarter, and approximately $3.6 million in cash on-hand.

"We are thrilled that with so many Americans supporting John McCain, we're now on sound financial footing
and running a robust campaign gaining clear momentum in the early states," said Rick Davis, the campaign manager.

Taken as a whole, the Republican numbers are downright puny when compared to the massive amounts collected by the Democratic candidates. Combined, the Democrats have raised nearly $100 million more than their GOP counterparts. Among the front-runners, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has raised about $90 million overall and Sen. Barack Obama has raised more than $75 million. Giuliani and Romney have each raised about $46 million so far this year.

Comparisons only matter so much, though, since for the time being the Republicans only have to face off against each other. And in that light, Giuliani advisers touted his totals today as a "continued sign of growing support."

"Our campaign has led the Republican field for the second quarter in a row in the fundraising race," said Michael DuHaime, Giuliani's campaign manager, in a statement on the candidate's web site. "We're receiving real support from across the country because voters know Rudy Giuliani is the only candidate who has proven leadership, executive experience and can beat the Democrats in November."

Among Republicans, Giuliani raised $11 million, Romney raised $10 million and former Sen. Fred Thompson, it appears, has raised about $9 million. Sen. John McCain, meanwhile, may have narrowly edged out Texas Rep. Ron Paul's $5 million haul for the third quarter

--Matthew Mosk

Posted at 2:04 PM ET on Oct 4, 2007
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I find nothing funnier than posters calling Dr. Paul supporters spammers and nothing more. Never do they argue against his position or back another candidate...just "didn't take long for PR supporters to find this thread...blah , blah, blah..."...Ah dah!!! We are online, on the overpasses, on the town square....get used to it...Ron Paul Revolution is coming your way...

Posted by: kanekohl100 | October 4, 2007 9:30 PM

It is easy to see where this R_Paul gadfly spends his money - on out of work deadbeats who can sit around and spam every blog and webpoll they can find.

Actual support by real voting humans is essentially ZILCH.

Please go away - you are not wanted.

Posted by: JacqueBauer | October 4, 2007 7:04 PM

In order to have a FREE society the people have to provide SERVICE. What I've noticed is that the people who moan loudest about having their freedoms impinged upon are also the ones who do very little in service to the common good in order to preserve it.

Posted by: edzoboston | October 4, 2007 6:38 PM

Vote RON PAUL

He has never voted to raise taxes.
He has never voted for an unbalanced budget.
He has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership.
He has never voted to raise congressional pay.
He has never taken a government-paid junket.
He has never voted to increase the power of the executive branch.

He voted against the Patriot Act.
He voted against regulating the Internet.
He voted against the Iraq war.
He voted against the Real ID Act
He does not participate in the lucrative congressional pension program.
He returns a portion of his annual congressional office budget to the U.S. treasury every year.

Posted by: kc6404 | October 4, 2007 6:36 PM

Hi Zeke,
I'm a Dalmatian and I'm supporting Ron Paul,too!

Posted by: whitfieldg_kr | October 4, 2007 6:34 PM

Seem the Ron Paul politrolls zeroed in on this article in mere nanoseconds.

Posted by: zeke | October 4, 2007 6:09 PM

Ron Paul is the money leader, it's not even close. So Rudy has $10.5 mil for the primaries and Paul has $5 mil -- but Paul also has an army of 50,000 meetup members, who spend untold tens of millions in time, money and materials promoting their candidate. Rudy could have $50 million and still not buy their support and enthusiasm, because they are true American patriots who want government off their backs. Rudy's donors are all lawyers and financial sector employees who want a place at the government trough in a predictably corrupt Giuliani Administration. The American people have had enough and Ron Paul is going to be the next president and it won't be close.

Posted by: martiallawiscomingtotheusa | October 4, 2007 5:56 PM

This morning on MSNBC I saw favorable comments about Ron Paul and also over at Drudge about his successful fund raising.

Ron Paul is the only choice that offers a clear difference from the rest of the mob and is the only one that wants to end the war, NOW.

As a veteran of the Viet Nam era I fully support Ron Paul.

Posted by: markiefj | October 4, 2007 4:59 PM

Rudy, Mitt, Clinton, Obama, it does not matter. Unfortunately it took segregationist Governor Wallace to reveal the truth that "there's not a dime's worth of difference between" Republicans and Democrats. The Democrats willingly went along with the War in Iraq, suspension of Habeas Corpus, detaining protesters, banning books like America Deceived (book) from Amazon, stealing private lands (Kelo decision), warrant-less wiretapping and refusing to investigate 9/11 properly. They are both guilty of treason.
Support the $5-million-dollar man, Dr. Ron Paul and save this great nation.

Posted by: Reader11722 | October 4, 2007 4:38 PM

The real story here is Ron Paul - The media has written him off but his $5 million is from individual Americans who know that he is the only chance we have for a future as FREE capitalists. Maybe the media will actually start to report what he is saying and the NeoCon talk show hosts pushing Rudy and Mitt down our throats will get a clue.

Posted by: lux_devoid | October 4, 2007 4:30 PM

5 million this quarter for Ron Paul and rising. Soon the main stream media will not be able to ignore Ron's ever increasing base of supporters. No candidate is generating the respect and excitement that Dr. Paul is.

Posted by: theprolific | October 4, 2007 4:28 PM

I guess 9/11 doesn't sell that great.

By the way, when will anyone address that being in New York on 9/11 does not give you ANY experience on how to FIGHT terrorism.

Posted by: Matt4RonPaul | October 4, 2007 4:16 PM

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