Rom­ney’s fundrais­ers qui­etly amass mil­lions

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

The cam­paign of Re­pub­li­can pres­i­den­tial front-run­ner Mitt Rom­ney doesn’t fol­low the prac­tice of other ma­jor pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates who have will­ingly iden­ti­fied their big-money fundrais­ers and the amounts they col­lect.

But a re­view by the As­so­ci­ated Press of cam­paign records and other doc­u­ments re­veals hints about the vast na­tional net­work of busi­ness lead­ers bring­ing in mil­lions to elect Mr. Rom­ney.

One ex­am­ple is the bil­lion­aire owner of the NFL’S Mi­ami Dol­phins, Stephen Ross. Fed­eral records show that Mr. Rom­ney’s cam­paign re­ceived $317,000 from nearly 150 peo­ple who share Ross’ ex­clu­sive ZIP code on Florida’s east coast. The same month, Mr. Ross in­vited friends and col­leagues to his Palm Beach-area home for a Rom­ney fundraiser.

The lack of trans­parency by the Rom­ney cam­paign pre­vents vot­ers from know­ing who wields in­flu­ence in­side his cam­paign.

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