Hm. Romney raised $14 million? That puts him only $3 million ahead of McCain.
He also separately donated $6.5 million to his own campaign.
And just in from Rudy: “The Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee reported today it has outraised every other Republican campaign and has over $18 million cash on hand. The campaign raised over $17 million in the second quarter, for both the primary and general election, and ended the quarter with zero debt.”
(I am told to point out that Rudy raised $15 in primary funds, $2 million in general election funds.)
Gut instinct – I didn’t expect any GOP candidate to perform at Obama’s level, but these numbers seem kinda “eh.” Sure, a certain amount of business money was destined to go to the Democrats. (Fortune magazine’s cover screams, “Business Loves Hillary!” The missing subhed: “And they’re giving to her desperately hoping she won’t regulate them to death!”) But this suggests the GOP donor base is either exhausted, disinterested, cranky, or feeling cheap these days.