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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Mitt Romney's really deep freakin' pockets

Romney's into his own pockets again.
Mitt Romney said yesterday that he put more of his personal fortune into his campaign during the last three months, but would not disclose the amount until after tomorrow's Iowa caucuses.

The way the reporting works is that money spent through Dec. 31 has to be reported mid-January. Money spent after January 1 is reported in April, long after the nomination will likely be sewn up.

The original Romney blueprint was to win IA and NH on donor money and then heavily spend his own from Jan through March to get the nomination before he had to report.


  • This could be food for a nasty 527 attack ad. Something about trying to buy the White House.

    By Blogger -epm, at 3:00 PM  

  • Huckabee's been trying to picth that line, but without the number, it's kinda hard to sell. By Feb 5, we'll have a hard number.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 3:39 PM  

  • That's why it's good 527 fodder. You don't need facts or truth, you just need suspicion, innuendo and a lust for character assassination. There's no one to hold responsible for the ad. Huck can do his little passive aggressive thing, denouncing the ad but not what it says about Romney. It's all perversely perfect for what 527s do best.

    Still, it's interesting that Romney was so sure he wouldn't need to open his own wallet, he suggested it would have the odor of desperation for any candidate who did so. Was he thinking of Rudy at the time? Regardless, primary or general, Romney's self financing has the potential for becoming material for an attack ad.

    By Blogger -epm, at 4:00 PM  

  • Before Huckabee's rise, he was coasting through. It would have been a good dtrategy for combating a Giuliani as envisioned in August wen he was the prohibitive frontrunner.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 5:48 PM  

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