This is the new story on the fundraising front.
First a Romney insider came out saying that they had raised $13-14 million in Q3. That makes it Romney's worst Q in this cycle and in 08.
Then not to long after that3 sources in the Perry campaign said they had raised at least $10 million exceeding their target for Q3. So it was believed that Perry had fallen short of Romney's numbers.
Now a new article has come out. And now sources close to the Perry campaign are claiming that Perry has raised about $15 million for Q3. Now I don't want to get hopes to up here for you Perry supporters. There is 2 things that are odd about these comments.
1) Is that usually campaigns aren't tthhaatttt good at keeping a lid on the numbers before they officially release them to public especially when you have the media thinking your going underperform your opponent when you actually have overperformed him. If this is actually true Perry's team is very good at preventing leeks.
2) The $15 million is mentioned kind of "off the cuff" in an article about Perry's Deputy Finance Director leaving the campaign. News of a candidate blowing out fundraising expectations is not a side note to an article about a staffer leaving, its almost front page news on several political sites. So I find that weird, too.
But here's the source: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1011/65108.html
Update: So a couple hours after I posted this the Drudge Headline was that Perry raised $17 million. I guess Perry's team is very good about keeping its mouth shut and not leaking to the press.