Mitch Perry Report 8.7.12 - Mitt's financial prowess grows

The headlines today tell the story: for the third straight month, Mitt Romney continued his fundraising dominance over President Obama, taking in more than $25 million more in July, $101 million to $75 million.

These totals don't include outside fundraising, which in 2012 has been dominated by the Super PACs. The disparity between Romney and Obama there is stark.

According to FEC reports as reported today by the Washington Post, the two leading Super PACs supporting Romney had $53 million in the bank at the end of June, compared with less than $3 million for the leading pro-Obama PAC. That's right - $53 million to $3 million.

Obama's certainly spending every penny he's taking in. It doesn't seem like you can go more than a day or two before you get an email about Obama For America opening another campaign office (it was Brooksville over the weekend). That's to gear up for the "ground-game" that proved decisive for Obama in '08. Will it work again in 2012? All I know is that folks who working on the ground working to register voters supporting the president say it's a lot harder this time around than it was in that magical summer of '08.

Well, the second wave of Republicans have been named to speak in Tampa at the RNC. They include Rick Santorum, Jeb Bush and Rand Paul. Does that mean Ron Paul won't get his chance in the spotlight?

According to the group Integrity Florida, from 2000-2010, there hasn't been a state with more political corruption than Florida. The group's new report hopes to improve our state's reputation by beefing up basic financial disclosure forms for lawmakers.

And a new poll in St. Petersburg says the public isn't happy that they're not getting the chance to weigh in on in a public referendum on the Pier.

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