Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s presidential campaign may be floundering in the polls, but it’s still raking in the big bucks.
Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey scoops that Perry raised $17.1 million in the third quarter — likely outpacing front-runner Mitt Romney’s total by several million.
Perry entered the race in early August, leaving him 49 days to raise money before October 1, meaning he brought in about $349,000 a day.
Morrissey reports Perry has an astounding $15 million cash on hand, with over 22,000 individual donors contributing to his campaign.
And despite Perry’s poor performance at the Google/Fox News debate in Florida, his donations increased in the final week of the quarter.
The $17.1 million total is slightly less than what Romney raised in the second quarter of the year — a total Romney is not expected to exceed.
UPDATE: A Perry spokesman confirmed the above figures, adding that over half of all donors were from outside of Texas.
UPDATE 2: Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul said this in a statement in response to Perry’s fundraising numbers: “It’s less than what Mitt Romney raised in the first quarter, and we feel good in the strength of our finance team and the fact that we are adding new people every day.”
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