Ken Vogel reports that Newt Gingrich's 527 group, American Solutions, raised almost $2.7 million in 2010's first quarter.
And even though fundraising laws regulating 527's are more generous than those governing political action committees, that haul is still more than the 1st Q takes of Tim Pawlenty, Sarah Palin, and Mitt Romney's PACS, combined.
So is this a sign Newt's got 2012 in mind?
[COO of American Solutions Dave] Varroney predicted that American Solutions, which has a 1.5 million-address email list and has been courting tea party activists, is poised for growth headed into the 2010 midterm elections.
“I see a massive acceleration on the fundraising side,” he said, rejecting the premise that American Solutions is geared towards positioning Gingrich for a 2012 presidential run.
“Not at all,” he said. “Our focus is clear cut: to save America.”
(emphasis added) Incidentally, the title of Newt's forthcoming book --- To Save America: Stopping Obama's Secular-Socialist Machine.