Mitt Romney/campaign financing
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the 2008 presidential election
The New Commonwealth PAC first filed with the Internal Revenue Service the week of September 14, 2006. "This is a non-federal political action committee established to recruit and support candidates for state and local office who, by virtue of education, profession or experience, can demonstrate aptitude or likelihood of success in delivering efficient and effective government leadership and services to the citizens of Virginia," according to the IRS filing. The PAC's address is 3122 Woods Cove Lane, Woodbridge, VA.
In July 2006, according to RunMittRun.org, "a political organization supportive of Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s presidential bid," it and OurSharedValues.org "will fund and produce national media campaigns related to" religious bias, the "remarkable overall ignorance of the basic tenets of Mormonism", and that "Evangelical Christians have never had a candidate whose values and lifestyle more closely mirror their own."
Public Citizen relaunched the WhiteHouseForSale website for the 2008 elections.
- As of July 27, 2007, Mitt Romney had 230 bundlers for a total of $34,486,724.00 raised. Follow Mitt Romney's total funds raised and a list of bundlers and amount raised here.
- Chris Chocola, who was the sixth largest recipient of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's ARMPAC campaign contributions.
- Howard Leach, a Bush Pioneer in 2000 who is one of several wealthy conservatives who are funding Freedom's Watch.
- David Neeleman: "Last week, Fox News’ Bill O'Reilly attacked Jetblue for working with 'the radical left' by sponsoring the upcoming YearlyKos convention, eventually forcing the company to remove its banner from the conventions website. [On July 26, 2007,] Public Citizen’s WhiteHouseForSale.org revealed that JetBlue founder David Neeleman is a bundler for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. He also sits on Romney’s Connecticut statewide finance committee."
- Bob Pence, Romney's National Finance Co-Chair and funder in 2006 of Vets for Freedom Action Fund.
- Bob Perry, funder in 2004 of Swift Boat Veterans for Truth that attacked Democratic candidate John Kerry.
Check the facts
FundRace 2008, The Huffington Post's searchable database: "FundRace makes it easy to search by name or address to see which presidential candidates your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors are contributing to. Or you can see if your favorite celebrity is putting their money where their mouth is."
- Matthew Yglesias, "Payola," The Atlantic, December 8, 2007.
Related SourceWatch articles
- 527 committees in the 2006 election cycle: New Commonwealth PAC.
- Poll results, RunMittRun.org, July 18, 2006.
- Bundler: Matt Blunt, WhiteHouseforSale.org.
- "Tom DeLay's Money," Campaign for America's Future.
- Bundler: Chris Chocola, WhiteHouseforSale.org.
- Bundler: Dorothy Bush Koch, WhiteHouseforSale.org.
- Bundler: Howard Leach, WhiteHouseforSale.org.
- Bundler: Stephen M. Lessing, WhiteHouseforSale.org.
- Bundler: Carl H. Lindner, Jr., WhiteHouseforSale.org.
- Matt Corley, "Blogosphere Responds To O’Reilly’s Baseless Attacks On The Netroots," Think Progress, July 17, 2007.
- See related SW article SourceWatch:YearlyKos resources.
- "JetBlue caves to right-wing pressure," Think Progress, July 20, 2007.
- Mitt Romney's bundlers, WhiteHouseForSale.org, accessed July 27, 2007.
- David Neeleman, "Bundler for Mitt Romney, amount raised not listed," WhiteHouseForSale.org, accessed July 27, 2007.
- News Release: "Governor Mitt Romney Names Connecticut Statewide Finance Committee," MittRomney.com, May 7, 2007.
- "JetBlue: Radical left?" Think Progress, July 27, 2007.
- Bundler: Bob Pence, WhiteHouseforSale.org.
- Bundler: Bob Perry, WhiteHouseforSale.org.
- Bundler: Mel Sembler, WhiteHouseforSale.org.
- "Mitt Romney's 'Quiet' Contributors: Neil Cavuto Ignores the Billionaire Candidate's Connections to Bain Capital, Carlyle Group, KKR and Clear Channel," News Hounds, April 5, 2007.
- Kari Chisholm, "Mitt Romney's unethical fundraising program," Politics and Technology, April 15, 2007.