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
Rick Santorum puts on a cowboy hat after meeting with supporters at a rally in Texas yesterday.   (AP Photo/Sharon Ellman)

(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."

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Psy Cada
Feb 9, 2012 11:57 AM CST
WTF, this isn't news. Ron Paul has done this numerous times, in this election cycle alone even. Yet I've seen no articles about his money raising...
LoginsSuck
Feb 9, 2012 10:59 AM CST
Almost every candidate has had their shot at being on top. Santorum is just taking his turn. This is just proof of how desperate Republicans have become. When Ron Paul gets his moment, then you know they have hit rock bottom.
myflap.blow
Feb 9, 2012 9:38 AM CST
wow! That santorum is really smoking now! or is it just because of the cold in the air? The climate really seemed to cool rapidly after the other leading fronts blew so hard with all their hot air... Hopefully santorum can solidify this movement and be a stink Obama will have a tough struggle keeping his head above, but only to choke in the end. His runs are over. Santorum on the other hand could be fun in the white house. Even if he ends up being shitty and making a mess of things. Could he really be worse than our last few dingleberry presidents? The last one was just a limp dick that spewed candy coated bullshit, the one before that was a stiffer but similar dick even though he was a bush, then there was the guy whose dick was caught playing with the wrong bush, then another dick bush, then an actor dick who in the end couldn't remember his bullshit lines. So what the hell. Go santorum. Give it your best shot. Blow me away. I'm poised and open to whatever you've got. Hit me with it. Make a big splash. Unload. I'll weigh it for substance and see if any of it sticks. Hopefully your efforts will please a majority of us, and for the rest won't leave too bad of a taste in our mouth. Fly santorum, fly!