Now this person (the tweeter) happens to be a Sarah Palin fan and I want to make clear up front that I have great respect for Sarah Palin, and that respect is not diminished by the ignorant comments of one of her fans. Every camp, including Romney’s, has a few outspoken and ignorant fans that I’m sure they’d like to put a muzzle on. I’m sure this person is good-hearted, and even quite passionate, but I will prove to you below that Mitt Romney has been anything but idle.
Motivated by the above
twit tweet I decided to look into what Romney has been doing since the beginning of March (which happens to be 101 days ago). Even though I follow the daily minutia of what is going on with Romney and his PAC I was quite overwhelmed when I realized the vast amount of work he has been doing in this short time period. IT IS IMPRESSIVE. I’ve detailed it all below with as many links as I could provide.
101 Days in the life of Mitt Romney:
Mitt Romney and the Free and Strong America PAC have, according to my count, endorsed 120 candidates since the beginning of March. I haven’t tallied how much money he has contributed to their campaigns, but I do know that it is several times more than any other potential 2012 candidate has given in the same time period. Those 120 endorsees hail from the following 22 states: Ohio, Missouri, South Carolina, California, Arizona, Illinois, Michigan, Utah, Florida, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, Idaho, Texas, Georgia, Iowa, Nevada, New Mexico, South Dakota, Indiana, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Virginia.
Mitt Romney has held numerous fundraisers in the last 101 days, both for his PAC and for the campaigns of other conservative candidates for office. I could not quantify the events though I know there have been dozens of them. What is easier to quantify (because it’s public record) is how much his PAC has raised in the last 3 months:
- $950,000 for March
- $460,000 for April
- At least $1,500,000 for May
The numbers for May could be several hundred thousand dollars more than that but the official numbers for May won’t be out for about a week. The reason we know he raised at least $1.5 Million is because it was all from a single event held in New York on May 12th. (Obama did an fundraiser for the DCCC just two days later in New York and only garnered $1.2 Million. Romney wins the clash of the titans?)
For those of you that are counting that is nearly $3 Million of fundraising in just 3 months! That does not even include hundreds of thousands of dollars raised on behalf of other candidates. For an example of how this compares to other PAC’s of 2012 contenders you can see the comparisons that we did here.
Mitt Romney completed a grueling book tour schedule that included at least 48 stops in 22 states. We kept a list of all the known stops (as well as a lot of other info regarding the book) and chronicled it all at this link. The book, No Apology: The Case for American Greatness, debuted at #1 on New York Time’s Best Seller list on March 12.
Mitt Romney gave many well received speeches to a wide variety of conferences, conventions, businesses, and political institutions. Romney does not accept any speaking fees, and in cases where there was a fee included he gave the money to a related cause or institution. Some of the speeches below were official stops for the No Apology tour, but it’s hard to be sure how many. The most notable and prestigious of the events was the Annual Reagan Lecture in SImi Valley, California. The speeches:
- Annual Reagan Lecture at the Reagan Library
- Emory’s Goizueta Business School (This one is my personal favorite)
- Ford Hall Forum
- Freedom Foundation of Minnesota
- Riverside Theatre Distinguished Lecture Series
- Alliance for Choice in Education (ACE)
- National Press Club
- World Affairs Council of Houston
- World Affairs Council of Philadelphia
- National Center for Policy Analysis
- Financial Executives International Conference
- Hinckley Institute of Politics
- McCormick Freedom Project (mp3)
- Jewish Federation of Los Angeles
- St. Anselm College’s New Hampshire Institute of Politics(mp3)
- South Carolina Federation of Republican Women
- National Ski Areas Association
- Pharmacy Summit
- Restaurant Leadership Conference
- AEI World Conference
- Skybridge SALT Conference
- Vanderbilt’s Impact Symposium
- Groton School Graduation Commencement
Media Appearances (TV, Radio and Print)
- Larry King Live
- CNBC Squak Box
- NPR Talk of the Nation
- FOX News Sunday w/ Chris Wallace
- The View
- The Today Show
- David Letterman
- Laura Ingraham
- Joe Scarborough Radio Show
- Your World w/ Neil Cavuto
- Morning Joe
- Hannity (multiple appearances)
- The Sean Hannity Radio Show
- NPR’s Face the Nation
- FOX Business News
- Newsweek Interview
- Howie Carr show March 4
- On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren
- Op-ed at National Review Online
- Op-ed at USA Today
These are not really items that make for a busy schedule, but are interesting minutia nonetheless.
- turned 63 on March 12th.
- he won the SRLC straw poll thanks in part to Evangelicals for Mitt
- gave a statement on the passage of ObamaCare
- was honored in a DNC attack ad
- was mentioned in a book about Obama’s first year
- referred to as the “current Republican nominee” by Obama
- had pizza at a local joint with George H. Bush
- was mentioned as one with whom Palin was “open to an alliance to unseat Obama”
- had the house he lived in when he was first born demolished in Detroit.
- attended two Boston Celtics games at the Boston Gardens
Now someone please tell me if that sounds like the schedule of someone who is hiding under a rock. He’s like the thing that wouldn’t stop going, and going…. In review that is 120 endorsements, $3 Million raised for his PAC, 48 book tour stops in 22 states, 23 speeches, 20 media appearances and 2 basketball games. That doesn’t look to me like Romney is living the life of one who wants to retire.