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Tuesday
Feb212012

January Fundraising: Campaigns and Super PACs, Side by Side

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- And the winner of January’s presidential campaign fundraising contest is: President Obama, whose campaign took in $11.83 million last month.

The pro-Newt-Gingrich super PAC Winning Our Future took a close second. With a combined $10 million given on Jan. 24 by billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife, the group raised more than any other GOP presidential super PAC or campaign in the month of January. Without the Adelsons’ donations, Winning Our Future would have lagged far behind its competitors: The Adelsons’ contributions accounted for all but $1.03 million of the group’s January haul.

The January finance totals, filed with the Federal Election Commission on Monday’s deadline, provide a snapshot of where the campaigns were three weeks ago, just after Mitt Romney’s victory in the Florida primary and before Rick Santorum’s wins in Colorado and Minnesota shifted the momentum of the race.

Now that we’ve moved into the election year, campaigns and super PACs will file every month -- meaning we’ll get to see their activities three times as frequently as we have so far, with quarterly disclosure deadlines in 2011.

Below are all the basic numbers disclosed Monday. The totals only cover fundraising and spending from Jan. 1 to Jan. 31.

CAMPAIGNS

Obama for America
Raised: $11.87 million
Spent: $17.67 million
Cash on hand Jan. 1: $81.76 million
Cash on hand Jan. 31: $75.95 million
Debts/obligations: $1.06 million

Rick Santorum for President
Raised: $4.51 million
Spent: $3.32 million
Cash on hand Jan. 1: $279k
Cash on hand Jan. 31: $1.47 million
Debts/obligations: $0

Romney for President Inc.
Raised: $6.54 million
Spent: $18.78 million
Cash on hand Jan. 1: $19.92 million
Cash on hand Jan. 31: $7.68 million
Debts/obligations: $0

Newt 2012
Raised: $5.59 million
Spent: $5.91 million
Cash on hand Jan. 1: $2.11 million
Cash on hand Jan. 31: $1.79 million
Debts/obligations: $1.73 million

Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign Committee Inc.
Raised: $4.48 million
Spent: $5.23 million
Cash on hand Jan. 1: $2.4 million
Cash on hand Jan. 31: $1.65 million
Debts/obligations: $0

SUPER PACs

Pro-Obama Priorities USA Action
Raised: $59k
Spent: $258k
Cash on hand Jan. 1: $1.52 million
Cash on hand Jan. 31: $1.32 million
Debts/obligations: $0

Pro-Santorum Red White and Blue Fund
Raised: $2.09 million
Spent: $1.54 million
Cash on hand Jan. 1: $78k
Cash on hand Jan. 31: $627k
Debts/obligations: $0

Pro-Romney Restore Our Future
Raised: $6.62 million
Spent: $13.94 million
Cash on hand Jan. 1: $23.62 million
Cash on hand Jan. 31: $16.3 million
Debts/obligations: $0

Pro-Gingrich Winning Our Future
Raised: $11.03 million
Spent: $9.76 million
Cash on hand Jan. 1: $1.18 million
Cash on hand Jan. 31: $2.44
Debts/obligations: $0

Pro-Paul Endorse Liberty

Raised: $2.38 million
Spent: $2.95 million
Cash on hand Jan. 1: $628k
Cash on hand Jan. 31: $60K
Debts/obligations: $0

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Saturday
Sep032011

Arizona Governor Decides Against Holding State Primary In January

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announced Friday night that she has decided against holding her state’s presidential primary on Jan. 31, temporarily easing the concerns of GOP leaders around that country that she would throw the primary calendar into chaos.

What she got in exchange is a promise by the Republican National Committee of a GOP presidential debate to be held in her state, which she said would “make certain that the major presidential candidates travel to Arizona, speak with our voters and address issues unique to the Southwest.”

Brewer had been threatening to hold her state’s primary in late January—a violation of national Republican Party rules—and a date that was all but certain to force a quartet of other states (Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina) to push their primaries up in response.

In her statement on Friday, Brewer said she would set Arizona’s primary date, now scheduled for Feb. 28, at a later time.

“Just as important as what I’m announcing today is what I’m not announcing: a formal date for Arizona’s Presidential Preference Election,” she said. “I will for the time being keep my options open.”

Earlier Friday, ABC News reported that other states—namely South Carolina and Florida—were already sending signals that they might join forces against Brewer if she had picked Jan. 31 for Arizona’s primary.

The current calendar, which is still in a state of flux, has the Iowa Caucuses being held on Feb. 6, the New Hampshire primary on Feb. 14, the Nevada Caucuses on Feb. 18 and the South Carolina primary on Feb. 28. No other state is supposed to hold their primary before Mar. 6 and states that leapfrog ahead face sanctions from the Republican National Committee.

But that calendar is far from finalized as other states continue to jockey for an earlier slot on the nominating timeline. And Brewer could still cause headaches for Republican Party officials who are trying to sort out the timeline of nominating contests.

“Governor Brewer has punted the decision,” said Josh Putnam, a political science professor at Davidson College who follows the primary process.

Putnam said the Arizona Republican faces another series of deadlines throughout the month of September that would still allow her to choose a date before Feb. 28 to hold her state’s primary.

“With whatever date I choose, my goal remains the same as ever,” Brewer said. “To provide Arizona voters the biggest possible platform with which to impact the presidential nomination process.”

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