Praise for Mitt Romney came a couple of days ago from FOX News’ Kirsten Powers and Charles Krauthammer in regard to being the strongest Republican candidate for 2012. Senator-elect Scott Brown’s warm words for Mitt, combined with a solid $3 million dollar 2009 fundraising report for Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC deserves a shout-out to a great man. Romney’s relentless efforts for conservatism are being noticed and affirm his reliability, likeability, and magnanimity.
“I think the strongest candidate in a general election would probably be Romney… He understands the economy. He’s a good candidate… People like him so I think he’d be strong.”
“The best candidate, I think, as of today would be Mitt Romney…
You’d want a Romney- who is solid, economically savvy, reliable, rooted, experienced. I think he’d be very strong.”
Boston Globe reporters Eric Moskowitz and Matt Viser interviewed Senator-elect Scott Brown in his MA State House office January 28, 2010:
Romney gave you early financial and public support. What’s your relationship like with him?
Brown: “He’s changed, he’s changed. You know, he’s actually — before he was an outsider coming in and he was, you know, kind of, you know, stiff. But he’s actually, like, funny, he’s like — when he was at my events he was cracking jokes, when we were on the bus — I was like, who is this guy? He’s really kind of, I think, settled into his role kind of being the elder statesman of the party and everything he went through [running for] as president. It’s kind of, and once again it’s my opinion but he’s really a different guy than I knew when he was here, and I certainly appreciate everything he did for me.
Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC fundraising efforts paid off last year. He raised just under $3 million dollars in 2009. As the mid-term elections heat up, our continued support for the FSAP will be key in helping conservative candidates across the nation. From Chris Good – The Atlantic Jan 29, 2010:
Mitt Romney had a pretty good year in 2010, when it comes to political money: his political organization, the Free and Strong America PAC, raised just over $2.9 million in 2009, the PAC announced today. Along with that haul, it doled out a total of over $120,000 to candidates and causes. (That total looks miniscule compared to the money taken in, but keep in mind that 2009 was an off year, and it’s just now time to start thinking about serious 2010 spending.)
It’s unclear how this will compare to the political action committees of the other Big Three Republican 2012 contenders–Sarah Palin’s SarahPAC and Mike Huckabee’s HuckPAC–but, at the midway point of 2009, Romney’s PAC had led them substantially.
In their last Federal Election Commission disclosure reports, counting donations through June 30, 2009, Romney’s PAC led with $1.9 million raised in the first half of the year. Palin’s PAC had raised over $730,000, while Huckabee’s PAC had raised over $300,000.
The year-end filing deadline is this Sunday, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern, so we should know soon how much Palin and Huckabee’s organizations raked in.
If those three want to use their PAC money to support their own presidential campaigns in 2012, they’ll only be able to contribute $5,000 from the PACs to their campaigns for the primary, and another $5,000 for the general election (if one of them wins the nomination). But the PACs can spend unlimited amounts on their own to support a candidate–so, theoretically, that money could be just as good as a campaign war chest, though it would have to be used via independent expenditures.
For a complete list of FSAP donations, go here.
Romney’s generosity, trustworthiness, and comportment make us proud to support him!