Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's reported haul of some $469,000 over the past month and a half easily tops the total cash pulled in by the federal PACs of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, both rumored GOP presidential contenders in 2012.
Romney's Free and Strong America PAC raised $285,295 over the same period, while Pawlenty's PAC raised less than $140,000.
While Palin's reported PAC totals are impressive, Romney still outraised her when the numbers from his network of state PACS are taken into account. In addition to the $285K raised through his federal PAC, Romney raised another $270K through his state committees, pushing his total haul over half a million dollars during the past month and a half.
Romney donated $5,000 to the Iowa GOP and gave to more than 30 Republican congressional candidates in the month before the midterm elections. Romney's PAC reported just more than $1 million cash on hand.
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour's committee raised $108,152 and doled out more than $62,000 to other GOP campaigns and state parties across the country.
Barbour donated $5,000 to the state Republican Party in both Iowa and New Hampshire. He also gave to more state parties than any other contenders, including the state Republican parties in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Colorado and Minnesota.
The PAC of Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), another rumored 2012 contender, took in just $66,420 and handed out just two donations during the same period — one to Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and another to a candidate for state auditor in South Dakota.