Pro-Romney PAC's $12 million haul
July 5th, 2011
02:36 PM ET
3 years ago

Pro-Romney PAC's $12 million haul

(CNN) - Restore Our Future, the "Super PAC" organized by former aides to Mitt Romney, reported raising $12 million in the first six months of 2011, according to the group.

"There is tremendous support across the country for Mitt Romney," treasurer for Restore Our Future, Charlie Spies said in a statement. "Americans are coming out in support of Gov. Romney because they are confident he has the experience to turn our economy around."

The PAC, which has $12 million cash on hand, was formed last year and is run by Spies, who served as general counsel for the former Massachusetts governor's 2008 presidential bid, Larry McCarthy, a member of Romney's 2008 media team and Carl Forti who served as his political director during the last presidential election.

Under Federal Election Commission rules, a "Super PAC" can accept unlimited donations but must report its contributors.

Romney's campaign is expected to report a fundraising total of $15 to $20 million in the second quarter before the July 15 filing deadline.

Restore Our Future is the only Super PAC with ties to a 2012 Republican presidential candidate. The Democratic Super PAC "Priorities USA" was founded by two former aides to President Obama and is assisting him with his reelection bid. That group targeted Romney in a May ad over health care.


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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. The Real Tom Paine

    How many individuals have contributed to Romney? Oh, for the days when PACs were required to make public who was funding them. Its a nice, twisted little world of secrets when we cannot even get an idea as to who may be funding politcal campaigns. Thank you, SCOTUS, for making politics into a series of secret societies reminiscent of the terrorist cells my nephew and millions of others are having to confront on a dialy basis. Nice job, Chief Justice Roberts.

    July 5, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. indie voter

    "Restore our Future" by taking us back a few centuries.

    July 5, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. Mark

    He has to earn it unlike Obama's unlimited Hollywood money!

    July 5, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Don't forget now, people. The Romney campaign keeps painting themselves as being underfunded and at a disadvantage to the billion dollars they allege that the President will raise.

    I think this entire *superPAC* stuff is foreshadowing of the collaspe of our demoratically elected government. Future candidates will have mechanisms through which they can legally be bribed. Not good. Let me thank the SCOTUS for the 'Citizens United' ruling, for the people and by the people.

    July 5, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  5. John

    Tell me how a Republican Is going to restore our future , when they are the one destroying It. You People have to be nuts.

    July 5, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  6. ConservaFASCISTS

    Mr. Flip-Flop can raise all the money he wants. It doesn't take away from the fact that he's for something today and against it tomorrow. When it comes decision making, the President has proven to be a decider. I wonder how Romney would have handled the OBL assassination if he were President. He probably would have flip flopped while the seals were en route to the compound and have them turn around.

    July 5, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  7. Palin Power

    Mitten's effors are completely futile. He will inevitably lose to Sarah Palin in the GOP primaries. Palin will be our next and greatest President.

    July 5, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  8. Bill NY

    Restore our future? What a joke. Romney and his ilk qualify for the the US chapter of Al-Qaeda in America as their policies in this country have done as much or more damage than Al-Qaeda to the USA.

    July 5, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  9. The Greedy Old Pigs hate average Americans!

    Seeing that Romney is a neocon GOBPbagger who worships the failed cult of deregulation and tax cuts for the filthy rich, while screwing the average American and the environment while shipping jobs overseas, his take seems to be a bit light given how much he does for the faceless billionaires who own him.

    July 5, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  10. Jess C

    Money alone doesn't buy elections....ask Meg Whitman, a good pal of Mitt's. She got her butt handed to her in CA. We didn't fall for her brand of politics and we won't fall for Mitt's. He's an incredible flip-flopper...enough said!

    July 5, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  11. Greekj

    I think until we completely transform the government it all is a joke! First, term limits: President one 6 year term; cong/senate: one 3 year term. PERIOD No special pay for the legislators...200K per year each, period... no retirement; must live under the SAME rules as the rest of the people... can't legislate about things they don't have to personally live by i.e medicare, health insurance, SOCIAL SECURITY, WAR,ETC.
    No more sending our families to war if they DON'T send their own family... if no family to send..then themselves; If anyone accepts any money from a lobbyist they MUST GO TO PRISON.. If anyone lobbies or attempts to bribe in anyway the legislatures they MUST GO TO PRISON. If the President or cong or senate make decisions to rule our lives they must do so as representing the people and not SPECIAL INTERESTS with money . We are all sick of repubs and dems and so called independents as it is present. We need repubs and dems and independs so our various views are represented, but not where the parties are the goal or purpose OR END in and of them selves. Why do WE HAVE CAREER POLITICIANS IN OUR GREAT COUNTRY? IF A PERSON IS ELECTED TO REPRESENT THE PEOPLE IT SHOULD BE A PRIVILEGE AND NOT A WAY OF SETTING THEMSELVES ABOVE THE PEOPLE THEY REPRESENT... We need good government, obviously, just not the system the way it has devolved. I HONESTLY BELIEVE WE NEED TO HAVE MORE ACCESS OF THE PRESS AT ALL GOVERNMENT MEETINGS. WE NEED TO KNOW WHAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS DOING AND WHO IS DOING WHAT, EXCEPT WHERE THAT KNOWLEDGE WOULD ENDANGER THE SAFETY OF OUR COUNTRY... aBSOLUTELY NO MORE PERSONAL OR PARTY MONEY TO BE USED IN CAMPAIGNS. GOV. MUST PAY FOR ALL CAMPAIGN FUNDING EQUALLY. STOP ALL NEGATIVE OR POSITIVE POLITICAL ADDS.. WE NEED TO RELY ON GENUINE DEBATES AND OPEN PRESS COVERAGE TO MAKE UP OUR MINDS. OBVIOUSLY THIS WOULD BE RADICAL AND PROBABLY NEVER COME ABOUT LIKE THIS, BUT SOME MODIFICATION IS NECESSARY...

    July 5, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  12. Annie, Atlanta

    "Restore our future?" That's rich. This in support of a guy who made millions taking the futures away from employees by taking companies apart, firing thousands, and shipping those jobs overseas for profit? Really? If we want a savvy businessman, Romney is the guy. President of the US, not so much, unless he had the powers to fire and replace our good-for-nothing Congress, which he would not.

    July 5, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  13. steven harnack

    They should call them by their real name, LBAs. Legal Bribery Accounts.

    July 5, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |