When June ends so does the second fundraising quarter of 2011, which is one test of momentum going into to 2012. What should we expect? Chris Cillizza has the scoop:
Mitt Romney: The former Massachusetts governor will be, without question, the leader of the fundraising pack. In reality, he’s competing not against the rest of the field in his first three months of active fundraising but against the $23.4 million he raked in back in the first quarter of 2007. Although that total included $2.35 million of his own money and Romney has said he has made no personal donations this time, $23 million is likely to be the number on which his relative fundraising success will be judged. Romney aides note that the sluggish economy, coupled with two fewer weeks to raise cash, will make it tough to equal the 2007 total.
Chris also speculates that Newt Gingrich has earned the least.