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Romney's fundraisers are quietly amassing millions
WSJ AP ^ | March 27, 2012 | Jack Gillum, Brett J. Blackledge and Steve Peoples

Posted on 04/04/2012 7:46:42 AM PDT by throwback

WASHINGTON — A few weeks before the Republican primary in Florida in January, the billionaire owner of the NFL's Miami Dolphins hosted a fundraiser for Mitt Romney at his oceanfront home in Palm Beach. The average voter wouldn't know about the event at the home of Stephen Ross because Romney's campaign doesn't follow the practice of other major presidential candidates who have willingly identified big-money fundraisers and the amounts they collect.

A review by The Associated Press of campaign records and other documents reveals hints about the vast national network of business leaders bringing in millions to elect Romney. The same month that Ross invited friends and colleagues to his home, for example, Romney's campaign received $317,000 from nearly 150 people who share Ross's exclusive ZIP code on Florida's east coast, according to Federal Election Commission records. That mysterious surge of donations outpaced all contributions to Romney during the previous year from the wealthy Palm Beach area, when the campaign collected $270,000 over nine months. Romney got $21,000 more from residents there in February.

Unlike President Barack Obama, Romney's campaign will not identify his major fundraisers, and federal law doesn't require him to. The AP identified several of Romney's "bundlers" through interviews, finance records, event invitations and other publicity about campaign events. The lack of transparency by the Romney campaign prevents voters from knowing who wields influence inside the GOP frontrunner's campaign and how their interests might benefit if he is elected. Romney is in California this week for at least five private fundraisers.

Bundlers are typically well-connected business and banking executives who tap their professional and social networks to steer individual contributions from others to the campaign in amounts that can range from $10,000 to well over $500,000.

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: fundraising; liberal; notconservative; obamalight; rino; romney
Might be the reason Romney was favorably disposed to TARP since many of his donors were too.
1 posted on 04/04/2012 7:46:45 AM PDT by throwback
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To: throwback

Has any freeper or anyone seen an analysis of the results of the primaries? A tally of the open primaries vs. the closed primaries? What is the true choice of registered Rs vs. the democrats telling us who our candidate will be?

Were yesterdays results those of the liberals controlling our outcome?

Romney disgusts me.


2 posted on 04/04/2012 7:50:57 AM PDT by George from New England
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To: throwback

I’m sure the Rooney family will hold another big fundraiser for Obama to even this out.


3 posted on 04/04/2012 7:53:55 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog
I’m sure the Rooney family will hold another big fundraiser for Obama to even this out.

Brian Rooney tried carpetbagging his way into Michigan's 7th district in 2010 and took a beating.
4 posted on 04/04/2012 7:56:16 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: throwback
The lack of transparency by the Romney campaign prevents voters from knowing who wields influence inside the GOP frontrunner's campaign and how their interests might benefit if he is elected.

And, it is vitally important that we know this because that knowledge has kept every other candidate, and President, from being influenced by, or showing kindness to, campaign donors. (Do I really need the sarc. tag???)
5 posted on 04/04/2012 7:59:42 AM PDT by no dems (I've always been crazy but that's the only thing that's kept me from going insane.)
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To: throwback

Romney just won here in Wisconsin and looks to be the GOP nominee. I voted for Santorum as he is more conservative, but see the writing on the wall. I want anyone but Obama so you know I’ll vote for the GOP candidate in 11/2012.

Money is the blood of politics and if Romney can raise enough to beat Obama, great. I stopped giving to the national GOP a few years back and am not likely to give again until it is more conservative in its stance. I will give to Walker and local GOP candidates here in Wisconsin who I respect. A strong local party is good for us and those who are not comfortable with Romney should support the local and state candidates they like.


6 posted on 04/04/2012 8:18:36 AM PDT by RicocheT (Eat the rich only if you're certain it's your last meal)
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To: throwback
Unlike President Barack Obama, Romney's campaign will not identify his major fundraisers

I don't blame him at all because, during the Proposition 8 controversy, donors, especially Mormons, were targeted for threats of violence.

7 posted on 04/04/2012 8:20:13 AM PDT by denydenydeny (The more a system is all about equality in theory the more it's an aristocracy in practice.)
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To: RicocheT

The problem is that Obama will CRUSH Romney on fundraising at least 2-1, and Obama’s super pac will crush Romney’s 5-1. Soros, Buffett, Gates, Goldman Sacs, Freddie/Fannie, ect will donate to Obama and his PAC heavily, and so will the unions.


8 posted on 04/04/2012 8:22:13 AM PDT by Thunder90 (Romney barely won in OH with a 12-1 money advantage, he can't beat Obama that way.)
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To: RicocheT
“I will give to Walker and local GOP candidates here in Wisconsin who I respect. A strong local party is good for us and those who are not comfortable with Romney should support the local and state candidates they like.”

I totally agree. Just donated to Walker and will soon to Rebecca Kleefisch, too. I have voiced my STRONG opposition to RNC phone calls asking for money. Both times just this week the fellows on the phone said “I hear you, I hear you”. I expressed my disgust with them supporting Murkowski in Alaska over Miller who won the primary / she lost. She is still senator - shazam - thanks GOP! Also over their support of Snarlin Arlin - I said how’d that turn out for ya?.

The state of Wisconsin IS the battleground for the union thugs / recall Walker is totally disgusting and a waste of our tax dollars. Obama is behind this / Soros funding protesters, etc. This country is IN A MESS and more folks need to wake up and start helping do something to take it back. This is OUR generation's duty to save this Republic.

Get on it folks.

9 posted on 04/04/2012 8:27:35 AM PDT by WaterWeWaitinFor (If we don't help make a change, then who will? It starts with us.)
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10 posted on 04/04/2012 8:28:14 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: musicman

Bump


11 posted on 04/04/2012 8:35:34 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Archiving the most VIRULENT, FACT-FILLED Anti-Romney FR Articles (So Many of them) For Later Release)
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To: Thunder90
Romney's largest source of donations is employees at Goldman Sachs, the New York based investment and securities firm. More than $426,000 flowed into the Romney campaign in 2011 from individuals who identified themselves as Goldman Sachs managers or employees, and the Romney campaign has listed several senior or former Goldman Sachs executives as lead fundraisers of its campaign events, including John Whitehead, the firm's former chairman.

If you read the article, it seems like we have the wealthy battling it out amongst each other. I think that's why we had the housing meltdown because neither party had a problem with the boom. So the more I see of this ideological split, the less real it seems. It's just about the money.

12 posted on 04/04/2012 8:36:58 AM PDT by throwback (The object of opening the mind, is as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.)
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To: throwback
the more I see of this ideological split, the less real it seems. It's just about the money.

Yup and the screw job will continue.
13 posted on 04/04/2012 8:43:24 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: throwback
Getting obama out of the White House and ending the progressive domination of government and the media would be a godsend for the nation, but Romney is just about the last person I think of to lead such a revival.

I am voting for downsizing the size, scope and the cost of the Federal government, which I believe will grow personal liberty and freedom and American ingenuity, economic growth and improved quality of life for everyone will follow.

Unfortunately, GOPe Romney and progressive demonrat obama both grow government, but GOPe Romney is sold to us as having a better business plan.

In other words, both take the country over the edge, but with GOPe Romney it takes a little longer and we have a better portfolio when go over.

14 posted on 04/04/2012 8:50:29 AM PDT by GBA (America has been infected. Be the cure!)
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To: RicocheT

Ramney winning in the state that is trying to recall the first Governor to actually try to FIX the fiscal problems of the state, who hammered the unions who were one of the biggest reasons for the state’s near-bankruptcy...

Should we be surprised?

WI will probably go for Obama in November, no matter who the GOP candidate is.


15 posted on 04/04/2012 8:55:06 AM PDT by TheBattman (Isn't the lesser evil... still evil?)
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To: throwback
ROMNEY PONDERS, ROMNEY PONDERS
16 posted on 04/04/2012 8:59:49 AM PDT by FrankR
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To: GBA
In other words, both take the country over the edge, but with GOPe Romney it takes a little longer and we have a better portfolio when go over.

I don't even see the GOP slowing the slide anymore. I personally think its time to go back to the basics and start at the bottom in local office.

Just the other day my township supervisor wrote an editorial about the oil and gas drilling going on in the area. In it he said "I'll be damned if I'll allow drilling rigs on private property in MY Township" and he's a republican. I'm seriously considering challenging him with a simple platform of "Your property, your business".
17 posted on 04/04/2012 9:03:02 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: George from New England
According to exit polls in Wisconsin, a strong 4% were indeed Democrats who crossed over. But they mostly voted for Santorum. They see Santorum as by far, the easiest to beat and there is an actual effort on line, on several Liberal web sites, to get volunteers to vote in our open primaries to manipulate the outcome and also demoralize and disrupt our election.

They also had success in Michigan, Alabama and Mississippi. Any open primary is vulnerable to their prank voting effort.

18 posted on 04/04/2012 9:09:00 AM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: throwback

You have to remember that these donors do a lot of “Fence Crossing”. In the general, many of these people who donated to Romney’s campaign will also give generously to Obama’s. They did the same in 2008 with McCain and Obama.

And, yes, Fannie/Freddy are giving heavily to Obama.


19 posted on 04/04/2012 9:11:59 AM PDT by Thunder90 (Romney barely won in OH with a 12-1 money advantage, he can't beat Obama that way.)
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To: WaterWeWaitinFor

Santorum would have won without the endorsement by Ryan and Johnson. Here’a pic of the WI. primary map and where the votes for both came from.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2867864/posts?page=23
Once again, heartland, value centered, hard working people go for Santorum
Suburban and urban for Mittens. That urban will translate to Hussein votes before the voters know what hit them.

Rom.continues to get support in what will be Obama strongholds. The mistaken assumption of the Elitist GOP(who just decided that my tagline is a lie) is that moderation beats radicalism. It doesn’t and won’t.

I too will help Rebecca and Scott as much as I can. Walker especially is in the this fight for Wisconsin’s and figuratively, the nation’s survival.


20 posted on 04/04/2012 9:15:27 AM PDT by Mountain Mary ("This is OUR country and WE will decide"... Mark Levin)
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To: cripplecreek

Interesting story. It does seem like that at every level of government now you’re seeing this kind of feifdom mentality on the part of whatever official runs it. Near to where I live is a small town that I grew up in. As far as I know the people there are no wealthier than when I lived there. The houses are small 2-3 bedroom at most; worth about in the 100k’s at the most. Yet the mayor of the town has decided to build a huge new ice rink, and so it’s under construction. I don’t know where the money came from to fund it, but the town must have the same tax base it did 40 years ago. I see this all over, and I just don’t get it.


21 posted on 04/04/2012 9:33:49 AM PDT by throwback (The object of opening the mind, is as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.)
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To: throwback

Here’s a radical idea: I’ll actually comment on the content of the article.

This election is shaping up as business vs. government, free enterprise vs. the public sector. Romney’s speech last night was a VERY pro-business speech. Most business people understand that the Obama administration is their mortal enemy. They know they’re going to have to write big checks to keep him from getting a second term. Sounds like they’re willing to do it.


22 posted on 04/04/2012 9:36:19 AM PDT by Califelephant
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To: cripplecreek

Interesting story. It does seem like that at every level of government now you’re seeing this kind of feifdom mentality on the part of whatever official runs it. Near to where I live is a small town that I grew up in. As far as I know the people there are no wealthier than when I lived there. The houses are small 2-3 bedroom at most; worth about in the 100k’s at the most. Yet the mayor of the town has decided to build a huge new ice rink, and so it’s under construction. I don’t know where the money came from to fund it, but the town must have the same tax base it did 40 years ago. I see this all over, and I just don’t get it.


23 posted on 04/04/2012 9:45:53 AM PDT by throwback (The object of opening the mind, is as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.)
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To: Thunder90

http://www.opensecrets.org/pres12/contrib.php?cycle=2012&id=N00000286


24 posted on 04/04/2012 9:47:23 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Califelephant
Is it really? Take the example of a real estate agent. I'm sure he or she would assume they are in the private sector. Yet a large percentage of the loans that feed their business are guaranteed by one of the GSE'S, and the interest rates are largely controlled by the FED. Toss in the mortgage interest rate deduction, and you can see the private sector real estate agent lives or dies by government policy. The government is heavily embedded in most industries now. So are the donors looking to remove the influence of government or just wishing to bend it in their favor? Sorry if that's depressing, but it is probably better to be realistic.
25 posted on 04/04/2012 10:07:52 AM PDT by throwback (The object of opening the mind, is as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.)
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To: George from New England

There is a “operation chaos” going on by Democrats to vote for Rick Santorum. The tallies have shown that liberal democrats that have voted in Republican primaries are going overwhelming in favor of Santorum.

Liberals are not giving us Romney. Liberals are trying their best to give us Santorum. Liberals believe that Mitt Romney would be a stronger candidate than Rick Santorum.


26 posted on 04/04/2012 10:10:12 AM PDT by 2012winner
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To: cripplecreek

I see them starting to donate to Obama during the general, ESPECIALLY if Romney collapses.


27 posted on 04/04/2012 10:30:21 AM PDT by Thunder90 (Romney barely won in OH with a 12-1 money advantage, he can't beat Obama that way.)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
According to exit polls in Wisconsin, a strong 4% were indeed Democrats who crossed over. But they mostly voted for Santorum.

Are you sure they're not Dems who are social conservatives? Until things "settled down" after Roe v. Wade, Democrat pols were more likely to be social conservatives than Republicans were. Lord knows, GOPe still has no use for social conservatives. There are lots of Dems who are socially conservative (I wouldn't hazard a guess as to numbers) who remain Dems -- partly because of historical reasons (like family tradition) and partly because the GOPe doesn't offer an attractive alternative.

28 posted on 04/04/2012 10:33:17 AM PDT by maryz
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To: 2012winner
Why are there so many open primaries? Santorum’s influence?
29 posted on 04/04/2012 10:37:13 AM PDT by throwback (The object of opening the mind, is as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.)
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To: TheBattman
WI will probably go for Obama in November, no matter who the GOP candidate is.

Actually, the winner in WI will depend on the outcome of the voter ID lawsuits. ID required = Rep win. No ID = Dem win. The state is that close, that 10k votes makes the difference.

30 posted on 04/04/2012 11:34:07 AM PDT by T. P. Pole
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To: throwback

Yes, that’s why I said “most business people” and not “all business people”. An increasing number of business people are beholden to government hand-outs, or the health of their business is tied to government programs. Your real estate agent is a good example, and I could name a dozen more, in industries like healthcare, education, alternative energy, and on and on. And there are plenty of fat cats in Hollywood, Silicon Valley and on Wall Street that will be writing fat checks to Obama.

However, the average business owner and entrepreneur can see we’re at a tipping point, with the American free market economy in danger of becoming permanently overshadowed and overwhelmed by big government. If they want to reverse that trend, they’re going to have to keep Obama from getting a second term. My bet is they’re going to come through with whatever $ it takes to get it done.


31 posted on 04/04/2012 11:47:05 AM PDT by Califelephant
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To: maryz

“...Are you sure they’re not Dems who are social conservatives?...”

Nope, they’re not social conservative Democrats. The exit polling indicated they were Daily Kos Democrats trying to play games in a Republican primary.


32 posted on 04/04/2012 11:51:18 AM PDT by Califelephant
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To: maryz
There are now very few Democrat Social Conservatives left and if they are, they have either quit the party or turned Independent/Tea Party or Republican.

The Democtat Party is now too clearly defined as extreme Liberal, Gay, Socialist, Marxist, Communist. There is absolutely nothing left in that party to support a Social Conservative, like there was during to Reagan years.

33 posted on 04/04/2012 11:58:59 AM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: Califelephant
Not many of the critical states left, are open primaries, which will allow this party to vote for a genuine nominee with out wondering. That is the way they should all be.

In 2008, Rush was wrong, giving the Democrats ideas when he tried to promote “Operation Chaos” and upset Hillary. Well, looks like he got his wish, we “upset” Hillary and got Obama instead.........Thanks Rush! And now they are using the same prank on us. I guess we deserve it.

34 posted on 04/04/2012 12:06:10 PM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
There are now very few Democrat Social Conservatives left

There are in Boston, but I think many of them have pretty much given up on politics. The MA GOP is firmly opposed to social conservatism (how do you think we got Romney? And Weld? And Cellucci?).

35 posted on 04/04/2012 12:20:09 PM PDT by maryz
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To: T. P. Pole

Which is exactly why these voter ID laws are under attack...from the LEFT!


36 posted on 04/04/2012 10:42:13 PM PDT by TheBattman (Isn't the lesser evil... still evil?)
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