If Mitt Romney fans wanted even more good news today, here it comes: The frontrunner raised $24 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, his best total yet, bringing his yearly total up to $56 million—of which $19 million is still on hand, the campaign announced today. The LA Times also notes that none of that came from Romney's own wallet—a big change from his 2008 run, when he dumped $45 million into the campaign—and that all of it was earmarked for the primary campaign, meaning the same donors can contribute again for the general election if Romney wins the nomination.
The total also appears to put Romney far ahead of his competitors; Ron Paul raised $13 million over that span, and Newt Gingrich pulled in $10 million. Others have not reported their totals yet. (Read more Mitt Romney stories.)