[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/18/art.romney.0606y.gi.jpg caption ="Mitt Romney is lending a hand to Oregon Republicans."](CNN) - Mitt Romney's lending of a helping hand to Republicans in Oregon brings to nearly 40 the number of states where the possible 2012 GOP presidential hopeful has assisted candidates.
The former Massachusetts governor's political action committee, Free and Strong America PAC, Tuesday announced the endorsement of four GOP candidates in Oregon, including former pro-basketball player Chris Dudley, who is the party's nominee for governor. The PAC also announced that it's contributing $17,500 to the candidates' campaigns.
"Oregon – and our nation – needs leaders who will say no to the culture of higher taxes, higher spending, and higher debt, and that is why I am proud to stand with these candidates today," said Romney, in a statement released by his PAC.
Romney adviser and spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom says Oregon is the 39th state where the PAC has endorsed or donated money to fellow Republicans running for office this year. He adds that Romney's PAC has contributed over $650,000 to candidates and party committees this cycle.
The 2008 White House hopeful is also on a 25-state, ten-week tour on behalf of fellow Republicans running in this November's midterm elections.
If nothing else, the endorsements, contributions, and traveling 25 states to campaign with GOP candidates are making Romney very visible in the months leading up to the unofficial kickoff of the next presidential run.
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