Haley Barbour’s exit frees up 2012 cash

A slow-developing fundraising race in the GOP’s 2012 field got a shot of adrenaline in recent weeks when as much as $55 million in future contributions came up for grabs, thanks to Haley Barbour’s departure from the race. Mitt Romney, for one, wasted no time.

“Haley called me at 4 p.m. and Mitt called at 6:30 p.m. We’ll be hosting a fundraiser for him in June,” said Bobbie Kilberg, a Virginia political insider and one of dozens of Republican fundraisers suddenly back on the market after Barbour’s exit.