Romney campaign attracts new donors
October 6th, 2011
02:26 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney campaign attracts new donors

Washington (CNN) – In the wake of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's decision not to run for president, Mitt Romney's campaign continues to attract major donors who had been sitting on the sidelines.

First among them is Paul Singer, a major hedge fund manager. "I have held back as the presidential election landscape has taken shape over a period of months. At this time, however, the field is set. We know the pool of candidates from which the Republican nominee will emerge. And in my judgment the best choice is Mitt Romney," Singer wrote in a letter to donors and other activists.

In the letter Singer specifically cited Romney's debate performances saying they were "extremely impressive - fluid and at times commanding."

Singer said there was also another key reason: "In addition – and of supreme importance – Mitt Romney can defeat the incumbent president, a task that is a matter of urgency to me and of keen importance to the country."

"Perfection in candidates is obtainable in the same place where imaginary friends reside. What we can hope to actually find in the real world, if we're fortunate, are individuals of proven skill and talent, who embody integrity, and whose agenda is anchored in and draws strengths from American ideals. Mitt Romney is that man. My team and I will work hard to help advance his endeavor."

Both the campaigns of Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry are working hard to attract the unaffiliated donors as they work to build their money teams.

Also on Thursday the Romney camp announced former Republican National Committee Chairman Jim Nicholson, a major donor, would serve as a co-chair of its Veteran Policy Advisory Group.

Hours after Christie's announcement Tuesday, Home Depot co-founder Ken Langone, who was a prominent backer for a Christie presidential bid, said he would now back Romney. Also prominent GOP donors Georgette Mosbacher and Jon Catsimatidis have said in interviews they are now supporting Romney.

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Filed under: 2012 • Chris Christie • Fundraising • Mitt Romney
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  1. Woman In California

    A Romney presidency = More jobs and less $ pay with longer hours. Corporations packed with wealthy white men will feel comfortable again – and start hiring. Meanwhile, minorities, decent white people, women and seniors all across the country will be in bread lines.
    The choice is yours.

    October 6, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  2. 2607

    so far on Romney donor list : Wallstreet and low-wage pay employers.... way to go america... cant wait to see how you will destroy yourself.

    October 6, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. Debbie

    "Corporations are people too my friend." ...Romney Romney setting policy of, by, and for the corporation.

    October 6, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  4. Bruce

    Mitt Romney is by far the best choice for President. No other candidate is any where near as competent prepared or has the expertise to turn our dire situation around and lead our Foreign policy like Mitt Romney will. He has already put together a team to advise him and are already getting to work so that on day one when he is sworn in as POTUS he can get to work in a very prepared and organized way in getting things stabilized around the world.Mitt recognizes that lack of stability around the world and the sore lack of leadership of the Obama administration has left us in a very dangerous and dire situation both economically at home and very weak and vulnerable abroad. Mitt has proven leadership and will take charge on day one and will not be off golfing or living high on the hog at taxpayers expense like Obama has so disgracefully done. Mitt will not even accept a salary as President much like he didn't as Gov. of Mass.

    October 6, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    "Corporations are people too my friend."

    If you were surprised by the sucker punch Republicans pulled on the American people in the 2010 elections, just wait until you see what they have in store for us if they win the White House and regain complete control in Congress. Consider the recent "Citizens United" ruling that came out of the Supreme Court, what it all implies. Money is free spech.

    Now combine a Supreme Court that says money is free speech with a party believes corporations are people and what do you get? Don't know. You get corporations demanding the right to vote, and the more money (separate corporations) they have then the more votes they get. Never mind the fact that this would give some individuals the ability to vote twice or in multiple locations. If you've got enough money, then you can vote as many times as your money can buy.

    October 6, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  6. George H

    Debbie, Anyone who has a retirement fund is part of a corporation. Corporations consist of, and are run by real people. A corporation can be anyone from a small mom and pop business to the large organizations that are currently being demonized by our divider in chief.

    BHO seems to think that by causing deep divides in America, and by waging in class warfare that he can bolster his deeply sagging approval ratings. His promise of "purple" states was nothing but blow-hard rhetoric.

    The more I learn of Romney, the more I become convinced that he is the right person to turn this country around and re-unite us all at this especially difficult time.

    October 6, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. AlaskaPalin

    Democrats are saying if you don't want obama then vote for mitt romney. Why? Romney=obama on social issues and health care.

    October 6, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  8. Kel

    Many are Americans are stating that they will not vote for him because he is Mormon. America seems confused about Obama's religion. Obama skipped the National Prayer Breakfast but attended a dinner Friday celebrating the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Romney needs to look into the eyes of Americans and tell us that his religion should not be the basis of eliminating him as a viable choice. Kennedy's speech on his religion was the turning point in his election and Romney probably needs to do the same to address this issue. The surprise element in bringing this up may work in his favor – it might be worth the gamble.

    October 6, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    Romney is warmed over manure from the neocon deathcult of crony capitalism. He refuses to ask Big Business or the ultrarich to share in the sacrifices the rest of us are making. He has know ideas for creating jobs since he continues to spew talking points about such proven failures as deregulation and tax cuts for the ultrarich. Caring for the greedy and not the needy is not a viable jobs plan and it is not a viable economic plan. Mitt is all hair and no ideas.

    October 6, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    "Corporations are people too my friend."

    The argument behind that reasoning is that if corporations pay taxes, then they are people, too. That is complete hogwash that lends credence to next step in the twisted argument.

    "Corporations are people who are taxed without representation."

    Corporations will demand the right to vote, and the Republican Party will be more than willing to help them gain that privilige. If corporations gain they right to vote, then shift from Democracy to Plutocracy will be complete. We are sitting on that doorstep, people.

    Still don't believe that is where we are headed? Okay. Corporations can donate unlimited funds into political campaigns through super-PACS and influence our elections. They can place people in power who will do their bidding today. Never understimate the power of greed.

    October 6, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  11. Double B

    "In the wake of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's decision not to run for president, Mitt Romney's campaign continues to attract major donors who had been sitting on the sidelines.First among them is Paul Singer, A MAJOR HEDGE FUND MANAGER. " This is shocking news! Why would Gordon Gecko, I mean Paul Singer from Wall Street (under siege) support Mitt...hmmm, let me think

    October 6, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  12. GI Joe

    I won't vote for ANYONE that worships Joseph Smith. No thanks. And I won't vote for another Governor from texas or a half-governor from Alaska.

    Any more questions? The Kochs and Dick Armey and KKKarl Rove might buy their votes, but they can't buy mine.

    October 6, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |