Jon Huntsman raises $4.1 million in the second quarter
By T.W. Farnam and Nia-Malika Henderson,
Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman raised $4.1 million for his campaign in the second quarter, including a large contribution of his own money. A campaign official would not say how much of the money came from Huntsman’s personal coffers — only that the amount was “less than half” of the total.
Huntsman, the former Utah governor who announced his bid nine days ago, will not file a fundraising report in July, a campaign aide said. Huntsman arrived in the United States in May from Beijing, where he was serving as ambassador to China.
After announcing his campaign in New Jersey on June 21, Huntsman held a fundraiser in Manhattan that generated an estimated $1.2 million. Lynn Forester de Rothschild, who backed Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) in 2008 before supporting Republican nominee Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), hosted the event. Also raising money for Huntsman were Morgan Stanley Chairman John Mack and Georgette Mosbacher, a former finance co-chair for the Republican National Committee.
His campaign set a target of raising $200,000 online by the end of the quarter, and it was about $20,000 away from meeting that goal Thursday evening.
Huntsman and other Republican candidates have been barnstorming the country for cash. He has held fundraisers in South Carolina, California, Michigan, Texas and Florida, and Thursday night he was back in New York for another event.