(CNN) - For the second time this month, Mitt Romney's coming to the aid of dozens of Republican members of Congress who he says are trying to cut government spending.
The former Massachusetts governor and probable 2012 GOP presidential candidate announced on Thursday that Free and Strong America PAC, his political action committee, is contributing $93,000 to 45 House Republicans. Earlier this month Romney's PAC contributed $83,500 to 40 House and Senate Republicans.
An email release from the political action committee said the PAC, with the new contributions, has donated more than $300,000 to Republican lawmakers this year. He also was a big supporter of Republican candidates last year during the midterm elections. Such assistance could pay dividends later this year and next year if Romney, as expected, runs again for the White House.
Romney, who ran for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination, says he will decide later this year if he'll make another bid for the White House.
"There are many important issues facing Congress and the nation. By showing our support for Republican candidates who are fighting for conservative principles in Washington, we hope to influence the national debate on jobs, taxes, the economy and the budget," Romney said in the release.
Last month House Republicans passed a bill that called for $61 billion in cuts for the remainder of this fiscal year. That bill and a Democratic proposal that contained far fewer cuts both went down to defeat Wednesday in the Senate. Both parties will now try to reach a compromise as the clock ticks toward a possible federal government shutdown on March 18 when funding expires.
Among those receiving donations from Romney in this latest round are two of the most high profile freshman House Republicans: Rep. Sean Duffy of Wisconsin and Rep. Allen West of Florida. Also included are some House Republicans who could face difficult reelections next year.
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