Romney campaign predicts Rick Perry will outraise them this quarter

Alex Pappas Political Reporter
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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign expects to raise less money this quarter than rival Texas Gov. Rick Perry, an aide told The Daily Caller on Wednesday.

“Rick Perry is a brand new candidate raising primary and general election dollars, and as the governor of a large state and former RGA chair, we suspect he will lead the Republican field in fundraising for this quarter,” the Romney aide said.

Candidates are required to file disclosure forms for the third quarter by Sept. 30. It’s typical for candidates to lower expectations for their fundraising, while building up the expectations for their rivals prior to filing.

This will be the Perry campaign’s first filing with the Federal Election Commission.

“The first reporting period is usually the best finance report for a campaign,” the Romney aide said. “We are going to raise considerably less than what we did in our first reporting period, but we will still meet our finance goals for this quarter. Unlike other candidates, all of the dollars we raise will be for the primary.”

Romney raised the most of the 2012 Republican candidates running with $18 million in the second quarter.

Meanwhile, Perry’s campaign is also downplaying their numbers and dismissing published reports that they raised $20 million in just three days during his initial fundraisers.

“Obviously, we hope to do well and be competitive but we are working with literally half the time frame the rest of the candidates are working with,” campaign spokesman Ray Sullivan told TheDC’s Caroline May. “The figure reported by the Dallas Morning News is just nuts.”

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