Santorum Raises $1M in 24 Hours

Billionaire Foster Friess backing pro-Rick super PAC

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 9, 2012 1:34 AM CST | Updated Feb 9, 2012 7:05 AM CST

(Newser) – He'll probably never be able to beat Mitt Romney in a money fight, but more cash has been coming Rick Santorum's way since his surprise triple win Tuesday night. Santorum's campaign says it raised $1 million after the wins in Colorado, Minnesota, and Missouri, with $800,000 of that coming in a flurry of online giving that crashed his website, CNN reports.

The Santorum cause is also getting a boost from Foster Friess, the crocodile-hunting Christian billionaire who is the chief backer of the super PAC that has helped keep Santorum's campaign alive. In an interview with the New York Times, Friess says he believes Santorum is the candidate with the best chance of beating President Obama, and hints that he'll donate a lot more to the Red, White, and Blue fund if Romney steps up his attacks on Santorum. "If he does that it is so exciting,” Friess adds, “because it finally recognizes that Rick Santorum is a threat."

Rick Santorum puts on a cowboy hat after meeting with supporters at a rally in Texas yesterday.
Rick Santorum puts on a cowboy hat after meeting with supporters at a rally in Texas yesterday.   (AP Photo/Sharon Ellman)
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If my wife finds out how much I put into the campaign and Santorum doesn’t win, you’re basically talking suicide. - Foster Friess

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