WASHINGTON — Only three Republican presidential candidates are worth any money — campaign money, that is.
Mitt Romney, Rick Perry and Ron Paul have banked millions. But the other GOP candidates lag.
Ahead of a critical fundraising deadline Friday, all of the GOP's contenders are furiously courting donors. It's a last-minute attempt to pick up cash before they file a three-month summary.
Romney is likely to post the strongest numbers, although his spokeswoman, Andrea Saul, said he'll raise "considerably less" than the $18 million he did between April and June.
Perry donors say he could hit $10 million, raised since he entered the race early last month. The Texas governor's advisers, however, says they expect him to raise less than that.
Paul's campaign asked supporters to celebrate the Texas congressman's Aug. 20 birthday with a donation — and they gave him $1.6 million on that day alone.
But Jon Huntsman, the former Utah governor, recently had to write himself a half-million dollar check to keep his campaign afloat. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann spent so much money in Iowa in August to win a statewide test vote that her web videos look more amateurish than professional now. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is still mired in debt. Herman Cain, the former pizza company executive, has loaned himself hundreds of thousands of dollars so he can keep running, but got a boost with his victory in Florida's straw poll. Rick Santorum's team acknowledges the former Pennsylvania senator is barely scraping by.
Obama talks jobs
Capping a campaign trip for his economic plan and his re-election, President Barack Obama on Tuesday tried to keep pressure on Congress to consider his nearly $450 billion jobs bill, saying in Denver that it had been two weeks since he sent the bill to Capitol Hill. His three-day trip out West included seven fundraisers.