Romney doles out the cash
Mitt Romney greeting supporters during a campaign stop January 16, 2008 in Charleston, South Carolina
February 3rd, 2011
12:22 PM ET
9 years ago

Romney doles out the cash

(CNN) - Former Republican Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's political action committee announced its first wave of 2011 candidate contributions on Thursday, totaling $129,500, according to a press release.

Fourteen senators and 37 congressmen from states across the country will be on the receiving end of the donations. The largest single sum of $10,000 is to Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown who is up for re-election in 2012, followed by Senators John Barrasso of Wyoming, Bob Corker of Tennessee, Jon Kyl of Arizona and Roy Blunt of Missouri at $5,000. Barrasso, Corker and Kyl are up for re-election in 2012. Blunt, should he choose to run, would face voters again in 2016.

The other Republican candidates all received $2,500.

"We need to show our support for a Republican agenda that seeks to create jobs and reform, restructure and reduce the size of government," Romney said in a statement.

The failed 2008 presidential hopeful has yet to formally announce his intentions for the 2012 election, but his travel, fundraising and staff hires all point to a run.

Romney appeared Tuesday on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight" and said his wife has already made up her mind on whether he should run.

"My wife thinks I should run, she's absolutely committed," Romney said. "I'm not sure she knows whether I can win or lose, but I know she feels that somebody of my experience is needed in the country at a time like this."

- CNN Senior Political Editor Mark Preston contributed to this report

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Phil in KC

    Unfortunately, elections are no longer decided on the issues. They are bought and paid for by the special interests. Sure, the voters get to vote between 2 candidates. But, increasingly, there is little meaningful debate. It's all about who can put up the most ads and the most sound-bites and make their opponents look the worst.

    February 3, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. Diana

    This sounds like he is trying to buy votes.

    February 3, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  3. T'sah from Virginia

    Mitt Romney is not even funny and you have to have a sense of humor to be president!

    As far as Scott Brown – Rachel Maddow should run against him and she will WIN!!!! Easily!!! I hope she considers it!

    February 3, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. vic nashville tn

    Romney in trouble Tea party targeting Scott brown and Bob Corker tea party won’t like this

    February 3, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "Hey – how's that coffee party thingy that you were all excited about working out for ya?"

    You must be confused. Most liberals weren't terribly excited by a bunch of beret-wearing Starbuck's trolls pretending that they could win by out-reasonable-ing the Teatards' loud-and-proud romper-room-style ignorance-fueled tantrum. Those that were excited rapidly lost their buzz when the cafeeine wore off, their Macbook batteries ran out and the "news" media stopped paying them any mind because they weren't creating a fuss, throwing hissy fits and providing sensationalize-able ad-revenue-increasing controversy. Most people with any sense of reality realized that you have to combat the Teatards by the laying seige to their carefully constructed Tower of Babel and hurling large factual rocks at it...the Coffee Party brought lattes to the battlefield and threw a few pebbles. You can't tiptoe through the tulips and get your voice and positions heard and understood in Amurikan politics. You have to first behave like a jack-ss so people take notice and the "news" media gives you the same free broadcast time for your positions that it gives the other guy who already figured out that the way to get noticed and heard and create the appearance of a massive movement is to behave like a loon and spew batsh-t crazy nonsense. Sad but true.

    February 3, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. OneMoreTime

    Why do people donate to a certain candidate's PAC, then that candidate gives their money to candidates they want,
    then those candidates choose who they will back for President, which may or may not be the original PAC's candidate.
    Ring around the rosy, pockets full of money. After all, the Koch brothers will select the candidates, fund them, along
    with the right wing part of the US Supreme Court, who virtually ruled in Karl Rove's favor, plus Faux News and their
    millions. They can't lose, or so they think. Well, the American people are beginning to think, so all is not lost, yet.

    February 3, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  7. ART

    Republican agenda to create jobs and reform, what happened during the 8 years of Bushs administration? You morons had your chance, ruined our economy, let the private sector run amok without any reform or checks and balances. So obviously his wife is as dumb as he is.

    February 3, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  8. PalmReader

    "We need to show our support for a Republican agenda that seeks to create jobs and reform, restructure and reduce the size of government," Romney said in a statement."

    Surely as a (maybe) presidential candidate, Romney will eventually get around to explaining to those of us most interested in knowing what IS the actual Republican agenda. Shouldn't be too difficult for an ace-businessman such as he is considered as being to articulate what it is he will do (or has done) to get the economy rolling back into prosperity mode. Dolling out PAC money to his favorites who will then become beholden to him just isn't doing it for me ... or, one suspects, the economy.

    February 3, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  9. Protect and Defend Freedom of Speech in the USA

    Way to go Mitt! Start the snow ball rolling early so the Democrats don't know what hit them on Nov. 6, 2012.

    February 3, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  10. EatRunDive

    Whenever campaign money crosses state lines, everybody loses.

    My elected officials don't have to raise a dime in their own jurisdictions. Who do you think they really represent?

    February 3, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. carlos

    he looked so stupid on the Letterman s show, mitt you are a mormon, not a conservative, nor a republiCON, and stop giving away the maney you got by whoring around the country.......besides, your qualification is only to being mormon, oh,by the way, do mormons serve in the military, why areyour sons NOT SERVING......answer in the waiting.

    February 3, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |