Large donors help fuel Mitt Romney's fundraising

Mitt Romney

headed into the third financial quarter of the year with $12.7 million cash on hand after raising $18.3 million in the past three months.

Romney relied heavily on large-dollar donors: Just 6% of individual contributions came in amounts of $200 or less. About $517,000 was collected by six bundlers, the campaign revealed in a

posted to the

Federal Elections Commission

website.

The former

Massachusetts

governor’s second-quarter haul is considerably less than the $30 to $50 million his supporters had floated as a goal earlier this year, but still many millions more than the rest of the Republican contenders.

The campaign spent $5.6 million, including about $750,000 on payroll costs and $500,000 on travel.

Romney established himself as the fundraising frontrunner of the

GOP

field in mid-May, when

at the Las Vegas Convention Center. That week, the campaign spent more than $300,000 in Las Vegas on hotels, food and other event-related expenses, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission Friday afternoon.

About $6 million of Romney’s haul came from three states:

California

($2.4 million),

New York

($2.1 million) and

Florida

($1.5 million).

kim.geiger@latimes.com