February 9th, 2012
12:27 PM ET

Santorum's surge brings in big bucks, but he's still way, way behind

The single best day of fundraising.

That's what the pro-Santorum super PAC "RED, WHITE AND BLUE" said about Wednesday's cash flow.

Tuesday's three-state sweep exceeded all expectations and the donations are pouring in.

And Rick's not stopping there.

The Santorum campaign is on the hunt for financial support and they're using a reference to a past Conservative triumph to try and get it.

A new email from Santorum's team reads:

"Reagan got on a roll winning in North Carolina and a slew of states after that. The conservative base rallied to him, despite all odds. He went all the way to Convention."

It's been a good week for Santorum.

But he still has a long way to go.

The former Pennsylvania senator is still lagging WAY behind his rivals when it comes to money.

We followed the money, dug through the donor lists and learned some interesting things about the moneymen backing the GOP candidates.

The latest campaign filings show Santorum's major Super PAC was out-raised by Mitt Romney's 40 to 1.

It's not hard to figure out why when you realize Mitt Romney has the financial backing of 17 billionaires.

Newt Gingrich has 2.

Rick Santorum has one… wannabe billionaire.

Foster Friess, a born-again Christian and supporter of Conservative Christian causes, is worth 530 million dollars and is Santorum's biggest financial backer.

Nearly half – $331,000 of $729,000 – of Rick's major Super PAC support comes from Friess.

When we asked Friess about his support of Santorum he said, "I'm not the hands-on guy. I like writing the check and I turn it over to the guys that make it happen, much like the way I ran my business. My success came up not because of my brilliance, but because of the people I was fortunate enough to surround myself with... I'll write a check. That's the way God has given me to participate."

Filed under: Economy • Politics
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  1. Ryan

    Finally! Someone to provide some balance to CNN's already left wing skewed reporting.

    February 11, 2012 at 8:27 am | Reply
  2. Rebecca

    I really don't like "Out Front" with Erin Burnett. She is obviously bias toward the Republician point of view. It's hard to watch.

    February 9, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Reply

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