Santorum steered money to Iowa and South Carolina
December 6th, 2010
02:52 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum steered money to Iowa and South Carolina

Washington (CNN) - Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum used two recently-formed political action committees to send tens of thousands of dollars to candidates in Iowa and South Carolina in the closing weeks of the midterm election, another indication that the Republican's presidential ambitions are very real.

Between its launch on Sept. 20 and Election Day, Santorum's Iowa Keystone PAC contributed over $48,000 to 16 GOP candidates in the first-in-the-nation caucus state, including two contributions totaling $10,000 to Republican Gov.-elect Terry Branstad.

Two other statewide candidates - Secretary of State candidate Matt Schultz and Treasurer candidate Dave Jamison - also received $10,000 from the PAC, while Attorney General candidate Brenna Findley got a $9,000 assist. Schultz won his race. Jamison and Findley, despite strong challenges, came up short.

During the same period, Santorum also used a new Pennsylvania-based group, PA Keystone PAC, to send $16,000 to 10 Republican candidates in the pivotal early primary state of South Carolina.

Of those, Republican Gov.-elect Nikki Haley received the largest check, a $3,500 contribution. Lieutenant Gov. candidate Ken Ard, Attorney General candidate and Treasurer candidate Curtis Loftis, all of whom won their races, collected $2,500 each.

Santorum is wrapping up a two-day tour of the Palmetto State on Monday.


Filed under: Iowa • Rick Santorum • South Carolina
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. michael

    Sorry Rickie, we still remember who you are....

    December 6, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  2. ric

    This guy is my past senator from Pennsylvania. We got rid of him for a reason. He's slimy. To hear he is out raking in money for PACs fits him to a tea. I can't think of anyone who was more out of touch in PA while he was a senator. If this is the kind of person you want involved with your government, you should just get out the swastika armbands now.

    December 6, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  3. hap

    What a .......,nevermind. He's got no shot, but there's money to spend and he doesn't have a problem with that. I don't know if the money being thrown around is good for the economy, or wasted, but there seems to be no shortage for either party in these "tough times".

    December 6, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  4. tom

    I hope he gets over his"man on dog" obsession before he runs... But it is unlikely he will grow up.

    December 6, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. John Boehner is the dumbest person to become speaker

    This is another indication how wasteful republicans are when in comes to money. Rick will not get their support in the primary.

    December 6, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  6. Chas in Iowa

    Somewhere I miss the connection between contributing to out of state political races and seriously running for president.

    December 6, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. D. Bunker

    If Santorum (good luck with that Google problem!) is considered part of the GOBP's "bench" of candidates they might as well empty out the mental health facilities for equally "qualified" candidates. America deserves much better than rightwing nutjobs, however.

    December 6, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |