Cain raises $2.4 million, Iowa staff resigns

posted at 10:15 am on July 2, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

First, the good news from the Herman Cain campaign:

Former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain is a grassroots sensation on the 2012 presidential campaign trail. Now we know what that looks like as a dollar figure: Cain brought in $2.46 million in campaign contributions, a number the campaign tells TPM it expects to see rise to closer to $2.48 when all the final reporting is done.

“It’s not Mitt Romney money, it’s not [President] Obama money, but we’re excited,” spokesperson Ellen Carmichael told TPM late Friday night.

Cain, wealthy from his experience running Godfather’s as well as other successful business enterprises, has put in some of his own cash as “seed money” for the campaign, Carmichael said. But she said that the amount Cain has contributed pales in comparison to the $2 million or so former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman gave his own campaign, which reported just over $4 million in total fundraising today.

It’s not Romney money, and it’s not even Pawlenty money, who edged Huntsman in the fundraising sweepstakes (and Huntsman’s money was mainly his own anyway).  However, for a true outsider running a campaign that hardly anyone took seriously seven weeks ago when Cain first announced, that’s a pretty impressive result.  Cain’s campaign claims 27,000 online donors, and also says that most of the haul came from donations of $100 or less.  The money will help Cain fund operations in early states, probably focusing on Iowa and South Carolina, the latter of which he has to win or come close to make a case for his ability to campaign effectively.

Unfortunately, Iowa is where the bad news originates:

Herman Cain’s Iowa Director, Tina Goff, told that she has submitted her resignation and is no longer working for the campaign.  In addition to Goff’s resignation, can confirm that Kevin Hall has also left the campaign.  Hall served as Cain’s Straw Poll coordinator. …

With just 43 days to the Iowa Straw Poll, Cain’s campaign here in Iowa and nationally seems to be unraveling.  Cain lost his New Hampshire director, Matt Murphy, who was his only staffer in that state, earlier this week.  Jim Zeiler, a Cain regional director who had been to Iowa and was helping with the campaign’s Straw Poll plans, has also left the campaign.

How seriously will Cain contest Iowa?  He has an opening there, according to this past week’s Iowa Poll in the Des Moines Register.  Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann ended up in a virtual tie for first place, 23/22 respectively, but Cain followed in third place with 10%.  Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul tied for fourth at 7%, followed by Tim Pawlenty in sixth place at 6% — a poor showing for Pawlenty, who needs a strong finish in Iowa. A third place finish in Iowa in the January caucuses, especially at the expense of Pawlenty and Gingrich, would give Cain some serious credibility heading into South Carolina.

Even with that strong result for Cain, however, Goff told The Iowa Republican than she didn’t believe Cain was serious about campaigning in the state, which is why she quit.  Perhaps this is just a case of differing strategies, and it’s early enough to hire more staff and shift resources, especially with the unexpectedly strong second-quarter haul.  With the Ames straw poll coming soon, though, Cain doesn’t have a lot of time in Iowa and will have to retrench quickly to maintain his momentum with caucus-goers.


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Cain has been here in Iowa 22 times, and will be here this weekend. There is more to this then we know…and he knows how to hire and fire people…Im not worried.

lovingmyUSA on July 3, 2011 at 12:31 AM

I am not surprised about the large amount of cash. This guy is like a beath of fresh air.

Still, wouldn’t he profit from some other office first or a law degree?

I think so.

And no, those qualifications are NOT the problem. Any more than a driver’s license is to drunk driving.

IlikedAUH2O on July 3, 2011 at 10:11 AM

IlikedAUH2O on July 3, 2011 at 10:11 AM

another office sure. Law degree? please we need less lawyers not more.

unseen on July 3, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Definitely more to this than meets the eye.

Rugged Individual on July 3, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Still, wouldn’t he profit from some other office first or a law degree?

We need fewer lawyers AND fewer politicians BOTH!

Pole-Cat on July 3, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Still, wouldn’t he profit from some other office first or a law degree?

IlikedAUH2O on July 3, 2011 at 10:11 AM

I would prefer someone who has actually had to implement all these new-fangled federal programs and regulations in the real world to any attny who sits around thinking about how to either implement them or get out of implementing them.

As for another office, the President is the chief executive. Mr. Cain has plenty of executive experience in his background. (not only that he has actually been paid to scrub a toilet and flip a burger).

kringeesmom on July 3, 2011 at 1:00 PM

I’d vote for this normal citizen anytime over a Dem or RINO.

Coronagold on July 3, 2011 at 10:13 PM

He puts out a good campaign ad:
Herman Cain Ad: “A Failure To Lead”

He says what others don’t have the guts to say.

petefrt on July 2, 2011 at 12:08 PM


Thanks for the link.

Reminded me of just some of the reasons I love this guy and always will.

No matter what happens (and anything can happen this year), I will always have tremendous admiration, respect and affection for Herman Cain.

Elisa on July 4, 2011 at 1:08 AM

If staff are leaving for good cause, they usually run to the press with the reasons, as in the case of the defections from Gingrich. All I’m seeing is people confirming they are no longer with the campaign, which sounds to me like they were fired or asked to resign.

The Iowa Poll is a joke. 400 “likely caucus-goers” (but the methodology isn’t disclosed, the most accurate indicator of a “likely” is if they participated in the last cycle) with a margin of error of 4.9%, taken more than six months before the event.

Polling for the Iowa caucuses has historically been subject to wild inaccuracy anyway because of their nature. You have to commit yourself on a weeknight in winter, when snow and ice are possible and freezing cold is certain, to go out to a poorly-heated community center or school cafeteria and spend up to 3-4 hours arguing and begging your neighbors to join your group. That’s not like running by to punch a voting machine or dropping a ballot in the mail, and it is very difficult to predict who will actually do it.

Adjoran on July 4, 2011 at 3:29 AM

Two people leaving a campaign does not a crisis make! Herman Cain is a viable candidate and he pushes all the others with his base of knowledge AND problem solving concepts. Regarding law degrees – the states would save money and the country would be better off if we closed 1/2 the law schools (mostly those supported through our State taxes) and make it harder for students to get into law school. We have far too many mediocre lawyers in this country and they are costing us millions if not billions in useless litigation. Shakespeare was right when he wrote…”First Kill all the Lawyers!”.

Herman Cain has my support until another candidate that ISN’T a political “player” steps forward on the Conservative side.

IlonaE on July 5, 2011 at 9:35 AM

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