Republican candidate Mitt Romney and his wife have each given $75,000 to the Romney Victory Fund, the joint fundraising group that collects money for his presidential campaign and the Republican National Committee, campaign sources said Friday.
The amounts, first reported by CNN, are the maximum that outside individuals are allowed to contribute to Romney’s campaign, the RNC and four state-level committees that he has set up. The sources asked to be anonymous because the donation has not yet been publicly reported.
But Romney himself could actually give much more as a personal gift or as a loan to the campaign, though he has not indicated he will do so.
In 2008, Romney dipped into his personal money to contribute $45 million toward his unsuccessful effort to gain the Republican presidential nomination. Romney, who made most of his $250 million fortune as co-founder of the Bain Capital private equity firm, also used his own funds in his successful 2002 campaign to be Massachusetts governor and a failed 1994 bid to unseat the late senator Ted Kennedy.
PENSACOLA, Fla. — Before Mitt Romney uttered a word at his campaign rally here Saturday morning, his surrogate sidekicks seemed to have stolen the headlines.
Actor Jon Voight declared that President Obama had decided to “take us to socialism.” Then Sen. John McCain turned to Voight, who played a villain on the TV counterterrorism series “24,” and said: “I was frightened the whole time. … Wasn’t [Voight] a threat to America and the world? … Jack Bauer killed him three or four times, thank God.”
McCain recalled his time in Pensacola as a mischievous young Navy pilot spending his entire paycheck at “cultural institutions here.” With that, he had a crowd of hundreds filling the balconies and waterfront deck of the Fish House in stitches. And then the 2008 GOP presidential nominee noted that following Voight and other introducers onstage made him “feel a bit like Zsa Zsa Gabor’s fifth husband — [who] on [their] wedding night said: ‘I know what I’m supposed to do. I just don’t know how to make it interesting.’ ”
Romney thought McCain was more than interesting enough. “I thought we brought only one actor and comedian here today,” the former Massachusetts governor said, following his onetime rival at the podium. “Gosh, that was quite a repartee there, Senator. That was fabulous. I don’t know how this city has survived without your paychecks coming in every week. I hear stories!”