WASHINGTON — Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney enjoyed a surge of donations in September, raking in $170 million for the month — a major cash infusion that is helping finance a deluge of advertising by his campaign in the final weeks of the White House contest.
Romney came close to matching the $181 million that President Barack Obama raised last month, and he did so during a rocky period for his candidacy and before his performance in the Oct. 3 debate, an event that greatly energized the Republican base.
Romney campaign officials indicated that October was shaping to be even better in fundraising. Spokeswoman Andrea Saul tweeted that the campaign raised over $27 million in the first two weeks.
That puts Romney on track to join Obama in raising more than a record $1 billion by Election Day.
As of Sept. 30, Romney had pulled in nearly $839 million through his campaign and affiliated committees, according to Federal Election Commission data and the Campaign Finance Institute.
Obama's campaign and affiliated committees had raised $947 million by the end of September.