Newt’s campaign contributions surge alongside his rising favorability
Newly anointed Republican front-runner Newt Gingrich has raised more money since October 1 than during the rest of his presidential campaign, as rising poll numbers have prompted his fans to open their wallets.
The former Speaker of the House of Representatives has raised at least $3 million since October 1, said campaign spokesman R.C. Hammond. The donations have averaged $100 each and he is attracting 1,000 new donors each day.
In contrast, Gingrich took in less than $800,000 in the third quarter ending September 30, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission. At that point, he was trailing far behind most of his rivals for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination — former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, Texas Governor Rick Perry, Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Texas Congressman Ron Paul, businessman Herman Cain and former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman.
Gingrich’s presidential campaign has been surging as his rivals have stumbled. Gingrich garnered 28 percent of support among Republican primary voters, besting Cain at 25 percent and Romney at 18 percent, according to a Public Policy Polling survey released on Monday. In the poll, conducted Nov. 10 through Nov. 13, Gingrich’s backing is up 13 percentage points from a comparable survey taken a month ago.
Speaking at a winery on Monday night where Gingrich and his wife Callista were signing books and showing a documentary, Hammond said big donors are starting to come back to Gingrich, whose campaign seemed near death in July after an exodus of most of his staff.
“We are seeing the beginning of the large-dollar donors coming back,” he said.