Pittsburgh will be a magnet for Republican presidential candidates next week as each of the top three announced GOP contenders stops by to raise money before the end of the Federal Election Commission's second quarter reporting period.
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani will be in Peters Wednesday for a fund-raising lunch at a private home before heading Downtown for an evening reception at the Duquesne Club.
Mr. Giuliani's Washington County stop will be at the home of Mark Miller, who has also played host for Vice President Dick Cheney for a 2006 fund-raising event for former Sen. Rick Santorum.
On Thursday morning, GOP partisans will be asked to donate to the campaign of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., as the two-time presidential candidate attends a breakfast at the Marriott City Center Hotel, Uptown. Later Thursday, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will appear Downtown for a reception at the Duquesne Club.
Mr. Romney was the fund-raising leader among the 10 announced GOP candidates for the White House in the first quarter of the year, collecting $23.4 million, followed by $16.6 million for Mr. Giuliani and $13 million for Mr. McCain.
Mr. Romney was also the Republicans' early spending leader, shelling out $11.5 million during the first three months of the year. That left his campaign with $11.8 million in cash on April 1, slightly behind the $11.9 million held by Mr. Giuliani. Mr. McCain had less than half that available, with a balance of just over $5 million. No other Republican topped the $1 million mark in available first quarter cash.
During that period, Mr. Giuliani raised roughly $267,000 from Pennsylvania donors, followed by Mr. McCain's $218,000; and Mr. Romney's $106,000.
None of the Republicans raised significant money in the Pittsburgh region in the first reporting period. According to a breakdown by the Center for Responsive Politics, Mr. Romney was first among the Republicans in cash from Pittsburgh region zip codes, with $30,150, followed by $19,550 for Mr. Giuliani and $5,138 for Mr. McCain.
The Pittsburgh visitors are the big three in money and polling strength so far, but their campaigning take place in the shadow of the anticipated candidacy of former Sen. Fred Thompson, of Tennessee. The politician-turned-actor already has become a robust presence in early polls in anticipation of his expected entry into the race in early July.
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