Although Mitt Romney hasn’t officially announced his candidacy for 2012, there are signs that he will at least announce an exploratory committee sometime in mid April. One major hint is that Mitt Romney will officially start accepting campaign donations for 2012 around the same time:
“A top Mitt Romney official told supporters on a conference call Thursday that the former Massachusetts governor is eyeing mid-to-late April to begin raising money for his eventual presidential campaign, according to call participants
Spencer Zwick, Romney’s chief liaison to the fundraising community, informed the group of donors and outside advisers that the governor won’t launch a full-fledged campaign by the end of next month but would file the paperwork necessary with the FEC that will allow them to begin bringing in the cash needed to post a big number for the second quarter.
As the nearest thing the GOP has to a front-runner, Romney would like to push back the start of the full-blown presidential campaign for as long as possible, but he also must begin putting a more formalized fundraising infrastructure in place.
“If you’re going to raise money this summer and fall you have to create a team and do the paperwork soon,” said a Republican on the call.
There is no hard date set yet — or at least outside Romney backers haven’t been informed of one yet — for either the initial filing of paperwork or an eventual actual declaration of candidacy. The campaign-in-waiting in Boston wants to be flexible about timing so as not to be locked into a day that could be overwhelmed by other news.”
“Republican Mitt Romney, who is weighing a presidential bid, raised nearly $1.9 million in his federal political action committee during the first three months of the year.
His Free and Strong America PAC gave away more than $400,000 to GOP candidates and conservative causes, according to information released this afternoon by PAC spokeswoman Andrea Saul.
The PAC activity is one sign of Romney’s effort to lay the groundwork for a presidential bid. Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, has not declared his candidacy nor started to fundraise for a White House campaign.”