Mitt Romney's fundraising since the 2012 race began in earnest has already been relatively impressive, to the point that it has prompted several panicked emails from DNC fundraising representatives begging for money. However, the people responsible for Romney's fundraising haul have already set their heights on even greater success, once they have not one, but two candidates to fundraise off of. For that reason, the Daily reports that Romney surrogates are licking their chops in anticipation of Romney's Vice Presidential pick, which is expected to come any day.
With Mitt Romney expected to pick a running mate any day now, top Republican fundraisers are deep into planning a fundraising blitz that will immediately send their new VP candidate across the country to rack up cash from donors eager to hob-knob with the second half of the ticket.
Much depends on who is chosen and when the pick is announced, but ambitious plans are being pushed forward in the hopes of pulling off more than a dozen fundraisers headlined by the vice presidential nominee before the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., at the end of August, according to several Romney insiders. [...]
Republican fundraisers who have been gleeful over their financial success are eager to start the phase of the campaign when they have two bona fide candidates they can deploy to different events.
Unsurprising, and given Romney's already impressive fundraising (most of which he has yet to spend), one imagines that this increased amount of money will lead to an even more devastating Romney counter-punch once the campaign begins spending its money in earnest.
As to who the nominee will be, conventional wisdom still revolves around Rob Portman, Tim Pawlenty and Bobby Jindal, though Paul Ryan is being aggressively pushed in some corners.