Romney once again helps out House Republicans
March 10th, 2011
08:09 AM ET
12 years ago

Romney once again helps out House Republicans

(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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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. w l jones

    All that taxpayer credit monies could went to small business thereby created job.Bless.

    March 10, 2011 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  2. Darth Vadik, CA

    Nothing like trying to buy your way into the nomination, but my favorite part will be when most of those guys who took money from Romney turn around say thanks for the money Mitt, but my candidate is Huckabee because I'm uncomfortable with all that Mormon stuff and magic underwear...

    March 10, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  3. Big_D

    With this huge deficit I think it would be better just to raise the taxes on the people that have enough money to support these constantly running politicians instead of calling grade school teachers a burden on society. That will never happen while the GOP is still a party.

    March 10, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  4. Name king

    These repugs jmake it seems like dems are just going out there and spending like there is no tomorrow, yet these entitlement programs have been around for 50 or more years, not counting the trillion dollar Medicare part B bush had just implemented. This about 90 percent of the budget spending, why don't these repugs give specific on what they want to cut and how much, since they want to cut so much. And why isn't the Media focussing on the real problem that is distroying our country, and that we are not taking in any revenue from taxes, to sustain a budget. Clinton left office with a 8 trillion dollars surplus over 10 years, mainly through tax revenues, bush took over and cut those tax surplus to the core, then started 2 unfunded wars, trillion dollar medicare program, further diminishing any possibilities for fiscal responsibilities, and yet these repugs know where the problems lies, but still putting the blame on spending, which is not the cause or solution, because cutting spending means cutting demand, the supply side of the aile can stand a hit but the demand side cannot, especially in a fragile economy.

    March 10, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  5. Sniffit

    Let's be honest for once...beacuse the objective reality is, in fact, unavoidable: this isn't "cutting spending" as far as the GOP is concerned. That's just their errant euphamism for what they're really doing and the meme they use to convince half the middle-class to stick a shtogun in their financial face. The objective, mathematical reality is that the GOP is working hard to redistribute more of the nation's wealth to the already extremely wealthy and corpoartions, jsut as our economic policies have done for the past 3-4 decades. The numbers don't lie...

    March 10, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |