Cain hauls $1 million in donations amid controversy

WASHINGTON Thu Nov 3, 2011 2:15pm EDT

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain steps up into his car after speaking to legislators in the Congressional Health Care Caucus on Capitol Hill in Washington November 2, 2011. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain steps up into his car after speaking to legislators in the Congressional Health Care Caucus on Capitol Hill in Washington November 2, 2011.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has hauled $1 million in donations in recent days, a spokesman said on Thursday, despite accusations of sexual harassment that have consumed his campaign.

The former pizza executive's fundraising took a jump once his ascent in the polls began about a month ago. He brought in $2 million in the first two weeks of October. Until then, he had raised about $5.2 million after entering the race in May.

Cain, who says he is innocent of charges that he harassed at least three women during his tenure at the National Restaurant Association, appears to be raising money at an even faster clip this week. The harassment charges first emerged on Sunday and the campaign has raised $1 million since then.

"Mr. Cain's supporters around the country have rallied around him, and we have been encouraged by their strong showing," spokesman J.D. Gordon said in an email.

The Cain campaign, in an email to backers seeking contributions on Thursday, said "Republican candidates" and the "liberal media" are trying to derail his campaign.

Cain had been fledging in the polls before several strong debate performances and a surprise win in a Florida straw poll.

Although a favorite of the conservative Tea Party movement, he is still far behind the front-runners in the cash race.

Former governor Mitt Romney has raised about $32 million so far, while Texas governor Rick Perry, whose campaign got a late start, has pulled in about $17 million as of September 30, the latest reporting deadline to U.S. regulators.

(Editing by Jackie Frank)

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Comments (4)
aota wrote:
Ah !
Nothing like a sexual harassment charge against a Republican Presidential candidate to let Conservatives open their wallets and defend one of their own. The conversation has even gone from how bad the actions of Cain were, to who is responsible for leaking it. This further epitomizes the little respect that Republicans have for women. Are their husbands and boyfriends forcing them to vote Republican ? because I cannot see any woman with at least half a brain voting for one of these bozos.

Nov 03, 2011 2:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
jimguinnessey wrote:
Herman Cain is just another Gop-funded foil like most of the other 2012 GOP wannabees. I think the GOP behind-the-scenes funding wizards like David Koch, Roger Ailes, Rupert Murdoch and others want Mitt Romney to look good amongst the present GOP lineup of clowns.

Nov 03, 2011 3:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
USAPragmatist wrote:
As I have said repeatedly, the people that support/will vote for Cain will not be affected by all this sexual harassment talk. They are single (or is it simple?)-minded in their belief that simple solutions like Cain’s 9-9-9 plan or all bills should be 3 pages will help, that they will support someone that they think is simple and ‘different’, no matter the consequences. As evidence I point out that fact that this same grouping of people was willing to allow our economy to collapse in the whole debt-limit debate, just to show that they believe in the simple idea that the solution to everything is to cut spending. In fact since he has handled this scandal differently(or is it stupidly) it may actually increase his support among this crowd. I know it sounds crazy, but that is how they think.

Nov 03, 2011 3:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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