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Super PAC War: FEC Data Indicates Only Gingrich Can Afford to Keep Up With Romney
ibtimes.com ^ | 1/15/2012 | ASHLEY PORTERO

Posted on 01/15/2012 10:47:53 AM PST by TBBT

Following his recent wins in Iowa and New Hampshire, it isn't a stretch to say that Mitt Romney is being widely hailed as the presumptive Republican nominee for the presidency.

While almost every GOP presidential candidate has experienced at least a temporary surge in the polls, Romney, who has been endorsed by high-profile members of the Republican establishment, has bounced back every time, putting down firestorms by Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Herman Cain.

As the primary race shifts to South Carolina, Romney continues to lead the pack. Although both Rick Santorum and Rep. Ron Paul experienced significant surges following the Iowa caucuses, Romney effectively only has one real challenger left: Newt Gingrich.

Romney super-PAC v. Gingrich super-PAC

Gingrich may have fallen to the sidelines after disappointing finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire, but he is still the only candidate with enough financial support to even compete on Romney's scale -- and the Romney campaign knows it.

(Excerpt) Read more at ibtimes.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: economy; markets; newt; oil; romney; trade
But don't let facts stand in the way... Cling to the Ricks... Cling hard!
1 posted on 01/15/2012 10:48:00 AM PST by TBBT
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To: TBBT

Didn’t Santorum spend about 1/100th what Romney did and achieved better results?

It’s amazing what you can do when people actually like you and you don’t have to pay them to like you.


2 posted on 01/15/2012 10:51:41 AM PST by BenKenobi (Rick Santorum - "The Force is strong with this one")
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To: BenKenobi
Exactly. It was mere months ago that we had to vote for Perry because only he had the money to keep up with Romney. Now that Jim Dobson and other evangelical leaders have made a wise choice in backing Santorum, the money flow will change accordingly.
3 posted on 01/15/2012 11:01:29 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: TBBT

Santorum decorum is decent and pure
but Santorum will bore ‘em.
Of that, I am sure.


4 posted on 01/15/2012 11:07:00 AM PST by b9 (NEWT all the way)
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To: TBBT

Conservatives have fractured for a second election cycle, with different factions demanding their way or disaster.

It’s working out beautifully for the moderates. They’ll settle for Romney or Obama.

And so will we all.


5 posted on 01/15/2012 11:14:19 AM PST by SaxxonWoods (....The days are long, but the years are short.....)
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To: TBBT

Gingrich or Obama—you decide.


6 posted on 01/15/2012 11:14:26 AM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: b9
Kemp was also a very knowledgeable, but boring candidate.

He didn't do so well despite his encyclopedic knowledge of the economy.

7 posted on 01/15/2012 11:18:11 AM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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8 posted on 01/15/2012 11:20:17 AM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: BenKenobi

“Didn’t Santorum spend about 1/100th what Romney did and achieved better results?”

If we are talking about Iowa, yes! And after Iowa and New Hampshire, and yesterday’s value voters endorsement, it’s still looking like a Romney/Santorum ticket!


9 posted on 01/15/2012 11:22:25 AM PST by ngat
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To: TBBT

It’s very discouraging to read the attacks on Gingrich at FR. I don’t stop in here as often anymore.

It’s clear that Newt is the best candidate, against Romney now and Obama later. It’s clear no one else has any chance of beating Romney. Yet conservatives are being enemy-of-the-good perfectionists. They’ll get Romney for their pains, and then they’ll get 4 more years of Obama.


10 posted on 01/15/2012 11:25:37 AM PST by Lady Lucky (A tea party in name only is worse than no tea party at all.)
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To: Vigilanteman

“Exactly...evangelical leaders have made a wise choice in backing Santorum,..”

Yes, at least the evangelicals, by backing Santorum, will have representation on the Romney-led ticket.


11 posted on 01/15/2012 11:25:51 AM PST by ngat
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To: TBBT

And we need to help OUT to “Tea Party” Romney! J.S.


12 posted on 01/15/2012 11:35:34 AM PST by JSDude1 (https://www.newt.org/donate)
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To: TBBT

I’m with Newt and will be voting for him very soon. I have seen how he tears apart Willard. He will do the same to Bammy Boy. No quarter. It will be hilarious watching an old guy get the better of that America hating punk in the White House.

If Willard runs all you will hear about is Bain Capital screwing workers and the “racist” Mormon church. Axelrod’s strategy is based on running against the spaced out Mormon moneygrubber. Axelrod has no Newt strategy. All Newt’s dirty laundry has been aired. Bammy vs Newt will be a battle of ideologies.


13 posted on 01/15/2012 11:35:58 AM PST by dennisw (A nation of sheep breeds a government of Democrat wolves!)
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To: b9

Succinct, poetic and true all in one. Your words are true, b9!


14 posted on 01/15/2012 11:37:19 AM PST by untwist
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To: TBBT

So even though Paul has plenty of money, supporters and standing in the polls & elections, he is not a contender because he is not taking establishment PAC money??


15 posted on 01/15/2012 11:37:34 AM PST by FreeInWV (Have you had enough change yet?)
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To: BenKenobi

I’ve seen Freepers note this several times but $$ is just one resource. Time is another - remember that Santormum probably spent 100:1 hours in Iowa vs. Romney. The unfortunate fact for Santorum backers is that $$ (especially other people’s) is a scalable resource while personal candidate time never gets any greater than 24 hours in a day.


16 posted on 01/15/2012 11:39:02 AM PST by sick1 (Don't fear the freeper)
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To: Lady Lucky
It’s clear that Newt is the best candidate, against Romney now and Obama later.
It’s clear no one else has any chance of beating Romney.

You said it, m'lady.

17 posted on 01/15/2012 11:41:37 AM PST by b9 (NEWT all the way)
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To: TBBT

It occured to me last night that this race is all about the money. That is why the GOP establishment is supporting Romney. He may be the only one in the race that will have the funds to compete with Obama. Isn’t it alwsy about the money? Whores...


18 posted on 01/15/2012 11:41:42 AM PST by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: BenKenobi

From drudge link, http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2012/01/15/politics/p070909S90.DTL


19 posted on 01/15/2012 11:42:13 AM PST by org.whodat (What is the difference in Newt's, Perry's and Willard's positions on Amnesty.)
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To: ngat; All

“And after Iowa and New Hampshire, and yesterday’s value voters endorsement, it’s still looking like a Romney/Santorum ticket!”

Value voter met specifically to find an Anti-Romney. Putting a real conservative on the VP slot will not work. Also, I for one, would lose any respect for someone that would “work with” Romney to get elected as the VP nominee. That would be a horrible sell out and a slap in my face as a moral conservative.

I cannot be pragmatic about a Romeny run. I don’t want him in office anymore than Obama. I think that if he gets the nomination (regardless of who his VP pick is - to include Sarah) I will not vote in the general election...I will stay home for the first time in my life. I “believe” that many others share that view with me. I know many consider this “self destructive” but I can only go so far in voting for the lesser of two evils.


20 posted on 01/15/2012 11:42:21 AM PST by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: untwist

Thank you!


21 posted on 01/15/2012 11:43:24 AM PST by b9 (NEWT all the way)
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To: BenKenobi

Are you a dancer?


22 posted on 01/15/2012 11:43:26 AM PST by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: Lady Lucky

Your observation is painfully true. It took Reagan a lot of pain and sacrifice to win the White House in 2000. He put in a lot of work and sacrifice from ‘64 and onwards through his governorship of CA, loss in ‘76, but never quit. He ruled for 8 great years, but alas, handed the torch to another moderate in Bush 41. Newt refused to join the elder President Bush, and the war still is not settled in the ranks of the Republican Party.

I totally agree that Newt is the only viable candidate to defeat Obama. Romney has done a brilliant job of instigating strife in the conservative ranks by his carpetbomb attacks on Newt. Indeed he has made the good become the enemy of a perceived perfect. Keep speaking the truth - you’re not alone.


23 posted on 01/15/2012 11:44:26 AM PST by untwist
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To: who_would_fardels_bear
Kemp never had the IT factor, never.
24 posted on 01/15/2012 11:49:40 AM PST by b9 (NEWT all the way)
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To: TBBT

They are all rooting for Romney, they fear Gingrich. I will go for fear


25 posted on 01/15/2012 11:52:12 AM PST by ronnie raygun (w)
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To: sick1

I used to work for a campaign. I have to say it’s more about -effectiveness- than it is the hours that you put into things.

I worked 6 days in 6 weeks, but I had more output than anybody who worked every day of the week. Why? Because I went out on Saturdays from 1pm to about 9pm. 8 hours, once a week. Why?

Most people are home then, they have some time to talk, and they are more conducive to folks coming in and knocking on their door.

You can go to one house when one person is home and get that one person to sign - or you can go when there are two families over and get 10, 12 people, from one house.

Which is more effective? A or B?

Mormon missionaries spend on average 2 years, working 6 days a week, around 10 hours a day. That’s 60 hours a week, 52 weeks of the year, or over 3k hours. They might see 1 baptism that sticks for over 6k hours of work.

If they were paid 10 dollars an hour, that means that it’s costing 60 thousand dollars just to get one person back. If that person were to tithe 10 percent, and made about 40k a year, it would take 12 years for the church to make it’s money back!

There’s a better way to do this, and I know Santorum knows a more effective way to put 24 hours of his time in South Carolina.

Go where the people are, talk to as many people as you can. Get people out into the community and get them to go in for you, and so on and so forth.


26 posted on 01/15/2012 11:52:20 AM PST by BenKenobi (Rick Santorum - "The Force is strong with this one")
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To: BenKenobi

Romney can afford to spend what he needs. Rick can’t.

Its like an army that can battle to a standstill against a larger opponent but ends up losing because they can’t afford the battlefield loses like the other side.


27 posted on 01/15/2012 11:55:35 AM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: ez

No, but I did stay in a holiday inn last night.


28 posted on 01/15/2012 11:56:57 AM PST by BenKenobi (Rick Santorum - "The Force is strong with this one")
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To: VanDeKoik

Romney has the men and the money, but he does not have the cause.

He can throw what he wants when he wants, but if he cannot win over the people, then all that will be for naught.

Yes, Santorum cannot afford as many losses as Romney. That just means he has to be smarter about it all.


29 posted on 01/15/2012 11:59:30 AM PST by BenKenobi (Rick Santorum - "The Force is strong with this one")
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To: BenKenobi

:)


30 posted on 01/15/2012 12:04:39 PM PST by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: onyx; Jim Robinson

FYI &
Newt’s list


31 posted on 01/15/2012 12:50:13 PM PST by hoosiermama
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To: BenKenobi
What was the amount that Romney's SuperPAC spent against Santorum in Iowa? Now that Santorum is more prominent in South Carolina, his spending record is going to be and should be examined by conservative voters.



Santorum - A record of spending US silly

32 posted on 01/15/2012 1:16:47 PM PST by red flanker
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To: red flanker

Which is why the nation under the arms of Newt was careful and produced balanced budgets every year? :)


33 posted on 01/15/2012 1:19:24 PM PST by BenKenobi (Rick Santorum - "The Force is strong with this one")
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To: red flanker

Latest Gallup Poll puts Newt in 4th Nationally now.

Santorum second, ahead of Paul but still well behind Romney.

So explain to me why I should support Newt since it seems like his support has collapsed.


34 posted on 01/15/2012 1:21:30 PM PST by BenKenobi (Rick Santorum - "The Force is strong with this one")
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To: hoosiermama

Santorum is flattered, that’s all there is to it.
He needs to drop out, but his ego won’t do it.


35 posted on 01/15/2012 1:36:27 PM PST by b9 (NEWT all the way)
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To: BenKenobi

The other day the Newt only supporters said if it were Santorum they would back him but they pointed out all day long that NEWT was ahead of Santorum.Gingrich has tanked and they are all silent now.


36 posted on 01/15/2012 4:28:36 PM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

I gave them my word. We’ll see if they keep theirs to back Santorum should he go 3/3.


37 posted on 01/15/2012 4:38:20 PM PST by BenKenobi (Rick Santorum - "The Force is strong with this one")
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