July 1st, 2010
06:10 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney makes big donation to N.H. GOP

Romney is the only possible 2012 Republican presidential hopeful so far to donate money to the   New Hampshire state party.
Romney is the only possible 2012 Republican presidential hopeful so far to donate money to the New Hampshire state party.

(CNN) – In what looks like another move towards a possible run for the White House, Mitt Romney is donating $20,000 to the Republican Party of New Hampshire.

According to the state party and a Romney spokesman, $15,000 of the contribution comes from Romney's New Hampshire political action committee, with the remaining $5,000 from his federal PAC. The former Massachusetts governor and 2008 GOP presidential candidate also donated $10,000 to the state party last year, bringing to $30,000 the amount of money he's donated to the Republican Party of New Hampshire this cycle.

"Governor Mitt Romney has demonstrated that he is committed to helping fiscally conservative Republicans take back New Hampshire in 2010. He has been a strong supporter of the New Hampshire Republican Party and he played an important role in many of our local and special election victories this cycle," said N.H. GOP Chairman John H Sununu, in a statement Thursday. "I am extremely grateful for Governor Romney's generous contributions, and look forward to welcoming him back to the Granite State in the future."

A state party spokesman says Romney will be back in New Hampshire on August 5, for a fundraiser to benefit the House Republican Victory PAC, which supports GOP candidates.

Romney is the only possible 2012 Republican presidential hopeful so far to donate money to the state party. New Hampshire holds the first primary in the nation, playing an influential role in the race for the White House. Romney came in second in the 2008 Republican primary, losing to eventual GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain of Arizona.


Romney, through his Free and Strong America PAC, has endorsed over 100 Republican candidates so far this 2010 midterm election cycle. The endorsements appear to be part of a strategy for Romney to build support among Republicans across the country, in advance of what many consider will be another bid for the White House.

Romney's endorsements of Nikki Haley in the South Carolina GOP gubernatorial primary, and of former Gov. Terry Branstad in the Iowa Republican gubernatorial primary, could help him in 2012, as those two states, along with New Hampshire, also hold crucial early contests in the presidential primary calendar.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Four and The Door

    It is uplifting to see progress towards Mitt Romney 2012. America is going to need Mitt Romney's level of leadership and economic understanding to pull out of this downward spiral of failed efforts and special interest paybacks. We need to pull ourselves up and deal directly with the issues rather than borrowing from future generations just to put things off to when they are more politically convenient. Yes, I am talking about extending unemployment benefits over and over and over...all on defecit spending.

    July 1, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  2. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    Mitt still wants to be president? I know that loyal GOP sees him as a man with lots business experience but if you take time to look at the facts his business experience is that of a corporate raider, remember those? Buy a company cheap and gut it by cutting jobs without any compassion about those people who were just numbers to him. But, this is the GOP way, they care nothing at all about people, just helping and defending corporations, big banks, big insurance and of course oil companies. Is this what America really wants or needs, I think not.

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    July 1, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Romney has a lot of money and the majority of this money is from his POC pockets, so may not be his own. Regardless, the GOP is the party that will ensure that he keeps getting richer while the poor get poorer (the trend over the past 20 years). This 'donation' is more of an investment than a donation loss.

    July 1, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  4. The Truth, Please...I Just Want The Truth

    Fiscally conservative Republicans?

    You mean the kind that will spend a TRILLION dollars invading and occupying a foreign country that poses absolutely NO threat to our national security whatsoever?...

    July 1, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  5. Matt

    The fact that liberals hate Romney so much is all the reason to vote for him. They hate his 'perfect hair'. They hate that he has been successful in the private sector as well as the public sector (MA governor). They hate that he made money and gives to charity. They hate that he is willing to serve his country for free.... They hate that he is a better leader than Obama (although, not as good a speaker).

    They make up stories about 'flip flopping' because of his stance on abortion.

    The only problem that I have with him is the MA healthcare legislation–which was also pushed by democrats as well.

    July 1, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  6. Mickey, NY

    ...a fool and his money are soon parted...

    July 1, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  7. hal

    That's great that Romney is putting money to NH. I think the only Republican candidate that would "cream" Obama would be Paul Ryan. He doesn't know it- but he is going to be the next POTUS!

    July 1, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  8. carlos

    trying to buy votes???....flip em and flop em.....good ridance to the mitt

    July 1, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  9. Danny Cali

    Mr. Romney did your Party still say "NO"? You don't get my Vote if every things is still "NO" . I think GOPer going to knock you out one more time so, you have no dream to be President in this Country at all.

    July 1, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  10. Larry

    The only person dumb enough to vote Romney into the White House ...

    Is Romney ...

    July 1, 2010 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  11. Marie MD

    Nice romney. At least somebody has money to throw away in NH no less.
    Thanks for reminding us who are the haves and the have nots.

    July 1, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  12. Donkey Party

    Take back, take back. Screw you conservitards, we're not going back to you're Draconian ways.

    July 1, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  13. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    You think that he is getting ready to run in 2012? I think that he is getting people who will support him in place now. This seems like he is putting people in positions of graditude; they'll express their support later when they campaign for him and watch him lose.

    July 1, 2010 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |