Washington: Republican White House hopeful Rick Perry has said that he has raised an impressive USD 17 million in seven weeks since announcing his 2012 presidential bid.

In a statement, RickPerry.org Inc. said it raised more than USD 17 million for the primary race between August 13 and September 30.

"The generous contributions from Americans across the nation prove the overwhelming support for Gov. Perry's principled, conservative leadership and vision to get America working again," said Perry Campaign Manager Rob Johnson.

With this, Perry has emerged as the top fund generator among leading Republican presidential candidates for the November 2012 elections.

"His impressive fund-raising figure will mean Perry can build the long-term infrastructure of a big-dollar campaign and compete extensively with Mitt Romney in field organization and advertising. He is the only candidate besides Romney to have the resources to do so," The Hill, a Congressional newspaper, commented.

As of September 30, the campaign has USD 15 million cash on hand. All but approximately USD 50,000 raised will go towards the primary race, the Perry campaign said.

Romney's campaign is said to have raised between USD 11 million and USD 13 million.

The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign also announced that it has raised more than USD 8 million in the third quarter from more than 100,000 unique donors – more than five times the number of total donors to the campaign of Texas Governor Rick Perry.

"The amount and nature of donations to Ron Paul proves his fund-raising prowess and also demonstrates in real numbers the grassroots support Dr. Paul receives from average Americans," said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton.

(Agencies)