CINCINNATI — Buoyed by his strong performances in the first two debates, Mitt Romney raised $111.8 million over the two-week span from Oct. 1 to Oct. 17 — the quickest clip of the Republican’s campaign so far.
Romney appears to have burned through a substantial amount of cash in the last two weeks. His campaign reported having $169 million on hand between various party committees — a drop of $22 million from the end of September, despite his massive fundraising haul during that period.
While President Obama is expected to raise as much a $1 billion for his effort, Romney has exceeded the goals set by his campaign. His much-praised performance at the first debate in Denver brought a surge of donations, including online from small donors — an area in which Obama has long bested Romney.
Romney’s spokeswoman Andrea Saul tweeted on the night of the first debate that Romney was getting two donations a second. The campaign said it raised $12 million in donations in less than 48 hours following the debate.