Santorum surge fuels fundraising boost

posted at 3:25 pm on January 2, 2012 by Tina Korbe

It’s been a happy holiday season for Rick Santorum. Not only has he risen to a respectable third in the Iowa polls, but he’s managed to monetize his mounting momentum, too. His surge has been a magnet for delayed-decision donors and other contributors. Political Ticker reports:

A senior Santorum adviser tells CNN the campaign raised more money in the last week than they raised on-line the past six months, adding that fundraising is between 300% and 400% higher on a daily basis than it was just ten days ago.

Santorum talked about his rising financial fortunes, at a campaign event Monday morning in Polk City, Iowa.

“I would just stay this: We have raised more money in the last few days than we have in the last few months. And going from zero to 60 in the polls, if you will, will help those resources a lot,” said Santorum, in response to a question from the town’s mayor, asking if the candidate had the financial resources to take on President Barack Obama.

The campaign raised just over $700,000 in July through September, finishing with less than $190,000 cash on hand at the end of the third quarter, far behind many of Santorum’s rivals for the Republican nomination.

Success is clearly a reinforcing cycle; more popularity means more money, more money means enhanced means to attack competition and build up a campaign, an increased campaign presence means more popularity, etc., etc., etc. And unlike other mini-boomlet candidates, Santorum doesn’t stand to be brought down by past transgressions against conservatives. With the additional resources, the Santorum campaign and a pro-Santorum Super PAC have purchased ads not only in Iowa, but also in New Hampshire and South Carolina, which — you never know — might increase his standing in those states. Of the early primary states, Iowa certainly is the most tailor-made for Santorum, given the oft-noted significant presence of social conservatives there. But no doubt part of Santorum’s low poll numbers in the past has been a lack of name recognition or an unawareness of his command of non-social issues, too. As conservative voters across the country look more closely at him, they’ll like what they see.


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Any ethics charges filed against Santorum?

sharrukin on January 2, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Did Rick Santorum form project K Street or not?

It’s a simple question…yes or no

workingclass artist on January 2, 2012 at 4:56 PM

*Crickets*

workingclass artist on January 2, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Rick Perry is too much of a buffoon even for Sarah Palin. There is no way Palin is endorsing that loser Perry. She’s not THAT dumb.

bluegill on January 2, 2012 at 5:49 PM

I am utterly embarrassed by my fellow conservatives.

Enjoy four more years of Obama since you have, for whatever the various reasons, convinced yourself that Romney is a dirty P-word.

We’ll get what we deserve. Thanks, patriots morons who selectively apply ideological purity tests and concoct lies to support their increasingly unhinged opposition.

jjraines on January 2, 2012 at 5:49 PM

sharrukin on January 2, 2012 at 5:48 PM

What state do you live in?

workingclass artist on January 2, 2012 at 5:55 PM

There is no way Palin is endorsing that loser Perry. She’s not THAT dumb.

bluegill on January 2, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Yeah…This keeps Texans up at night…We are just obsessed with what she will do next…

(Eyes rolling here)

workingclass artist on January 2, 2012 at 5:57 PM

*Crickets*

workingclass artist on January 2, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Why am I supposed to get excited about Republicans being flogged for hiring by lobbyists instead of Democrats? Why would a Democrat be better?

sharrukin on January 2, 2012 at 5:58 PM

The theory from Perry supporters is that socialist/corporate welfare is acceptable and conservative as long as it’s done in Texas. Brilliant.

And folks wonder why Perry bombed?

joana on January 2, 2012 at 5:21 PM

No, Joana, the fact – not theory – is that your opposition to Perry appears to be based on issues, which you have little to no knowledge of.

You would expect conservative Texans to be the most vocal opponents of Perry if he were as liberal as you say, right? But no – they are his strongest supporters.

Most conservative Texans – even the liberal ones that do not have him as a first choice – acknowledge that he will make a fine President.

Romney OTOH…

TheRightMan on January 2, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Enjoy four more years of Obama since you have, for whatever the various reasons, convinced yourself that Romney is a dirty P-word.

We’ll get what we deserve. Thanks, patriots morons who selectively apply ideological purity tests and concoct lies to support their increasingly unhinged opposition.

jjraines on January 2, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Did you vote for McCain, too?

Romney is not significantly different from Obama. One of the few differences would probably be repealing Obamacare. McCain was the same way. Newt made a commercial about global warming with Pelosi. Perry gave an executive order to give young girls a vaccine for an STD.

Sorry, but I’m not going to select a candidate who wants to have more control over my life, earnings, or choices.

Nephew Sam on January 2, 2012 at 6:20 PM

I see on Drudge that the “29 kids and Counting” Duggar family is out today stumping for Santorum. That’s nice. Their brand of freak show religious fanatacism really connects with voters!

Rational Thought on January 2, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Charming. If you have to inflate their number of children by a third to call them a freak show………

tom on January 2, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Santorum used to be my number 1 pick. Until I noticed his stance on the whole debt ceiling debacle in July-August, and compared it to Michele Bachmann’s. I’ve never looked back since. I really like Santorum still though, even with all of his support for Bush’s big government spending initiatives. He is my second favorite candidate running, behind Bachmann.

What gives me a kick is conservatives like Erick Erickson on RedState and many on here ripping him for being soft on spending, in favor of almost all of Bush’s policies, etc., and then imagining people like Paul Ryan and Mitch Daniels to be stalwart kingpins of principled conservatives. That really gives me a good laugh. Newsflash: THEY NEVER OPPOSED BUSH ON ANYTHING EITHER! haha I’m not excusing Santorum’s establishment-ness. I’m simply providing an irrefutable fact which allows for a real-world perspective on this.

Now is he more conservative than Romney or Gingrich? Its debatable. But he connects with conservatives and doesn’t keep a seemingly huge distance between himself and the conservative movement like Mitt does. He also doesn’t come across as a used car salesman like Mitt does. He comes across very sincere, honest, and real. Just listen to him answer a question on abortion or gay marriage or Iran or euthanasia or another issue that most politicians will be wishy-washy or line-walking on. I don’t know how much his strongly conservative rhetoric would hurt him in the general election, but I think most people here who keep making predictions about who would win or lose against Obama are really overlooking a powerful factor. And that factor is ‘Anyone But Obama’. At the end of the day the question the American people will answer this coming Fall is ‘Do we really want to vote for four more years of Barack Obama?’ It will either be four more years of fiscal and social rot and decay, calamity and downfall, or something different.

LevinFan90 on January 2, 2012 at 6:32 PM

The Santorum surge is proof again (Huck anyone?) that social conservatives will sell out fiscal conservatives to anyone who waves a bible at them often enough.

Look Polish on January 2, 2012 at 4:08 PM

BS. Of the three main branches of conservatism — national security, social, and fiscal — it’s pretty well-established that social conservatives are the most consistently conservative. A social conservative is far more likely to be both a fiscal conservative and a national security conservative.

You’re trying to infer from Iowa’s proclivity to populism that all social conservatives are ready to abandon fiscal conservatism at the drop of a hat.

On the other hand, someone who promises to be a fiscal conservative is generally ready to cut the social conservatives off at a moment’s notice.

A fiscal conservative sneering at potential political allies is not being very smart.

tom on January 2, 2012 at 6:34 PM

On the other hand, someone who only promises to be a fiscal conservative is generally ready to cut the social conservatives off at a moment’s notice.

tom on January 2, 2012 at 6:34 PM

FIFM.

tom on January 2, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Iowa: 1,774 caucus precincts (number of actual voting locations is much smaller – 900 – because many smaller precincts are combined into one setting.).

Ron Paul (1):
1,480 volunteers to serve as precinct leaders

Rick Perry (2):
As of Friday, the Texas governor had signed up 1,500 precinct leaders
The Perry camp also has 470 out-of-state volunteers

Rick Santorum (1):
“over 1,000 precinct leaders”

workingclass artist on January 2, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Ok, I’m on the Santorum band wagon now.

Dollayo on January 2, 2012 at 7:10 PM

BS. Of the three main branches of conservatism — national security, social, and fiscal — it’s pretty well-established that social conservatives are the most consistently conservative. A social conservative is far more likely to be both a fiscal conservative and a national security conservative.

You’re trying to infer from Iowa’s proclivity to populism that all social conservatives are ready to abandon fiscal conservatism at the drop of a hat.

On the other hand, someone who promises to be a fiscal conservative is generally ready to cut the social conservatives off at a moment’s notice.

A fiscal conservative sneering at potential political allies is not being very smart.

tom on January 2, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Oh please. So cons are the first to sneer at what they call RINOs. Despite being called a RINO or CINO for actually believing in smaller government on both fiscal and social fronts, I have voted for many a social conservative…if I believe they are truly committed to fiscal conservatism. I was disappointed in W, spotted Huck ahead of time, and can see Santorum is in the same mold. Sorry, there’s nothing there but bigger government on both sides of the equation.

Look Polish on January 2, 2012 at 7:15 PM

He also doesn’t come across as a used car salesman like [...]

LevinFan90 on January 2, 2012 at 6:32 PM

If anyone comes across like a used car salesman, it’s Rick Perry. That man’s tacky, back-slapping, urban cowboy clown act would fit right at a used car dealership.

Mitt Romney, on the other hand, is dignified and classy. He will be a welcome change as president. I like that he doesn’t dumb down for the dunderheads (who all seem to be going for Perry) out there.

bluegill on January 2, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Romney’s fake smile and snarky chuckle/laughter before answering almost any question (as his mind searches for an answer) reminds me of something worse than a used car salesman. “Politician” is the best description for him.

Having read all of the posts thus far, it has become CLEAR that the conservatives among us have not coalesced around the only conservative, Perry, that has any chance of getting the nomination and defeating Obama.

Santorum and Bachmann WILL NOT get the Republican nomination. No if’s, and’s, but’s.

Newt and Paul are yesterday’s news. No chance.

Get ready for Romney to win the nomination unless you-all get it together real soon.

Carnac on January 3, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Rick Santorum = Another failed one-trick pony.
He win not win the nomination, neither will his feminine side:
- Mrs. Bachmann.

The sooner the field is winnowed out the better. That includes:
Bachmann, Paul, Santorum, Huntsman.
Let the Top Three: Perry, Gingrich, and Mittens duke it out.
Poseurs, get lost. We’ve heard your message, but know that you’re NO “leader”.
It’s just an egotistical and obscene waste of money.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on January 3, 2012 at 11:54 AM

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