Who Is Secretly Funneling Money into Mitt Romney's Campaign Coffers?
Unlike President Obama, Romney Doesn't Disclose. Urge the Presumptive GOP Nominee to Come Clean
To raise huge amounts of campaign cash, presidential candidates rely on “bundlers.”
Bundlers are campaign funders who bundle their own donations together with those of other super-rich Americans in order to skirt the legal limits on contributions directly to campaigns in order to raise tens of thousands — if not millions — of dollars.
President Barack Obama has been publicly disclosing information about his bundlers since the 2008 campaign began. Mitt Romney also disclosed his bundlers in 2008.
But this year, Mitt Romney has so far refused all calls to release information about the identities of those in his army of bundlers.
Only the names of Romney’s bundlers who are federally registered lobbyists have been disclosed (which is required by law). The rest of his network of fundraisers remains in the shadows.
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More About Bundlers
- Top bundlers are often given access and political appointments in return for gathering large amounts of money for the campaign. A 2011 study of President Obama's top-tier fundraisers from 2008 showed that 80 percent received "key administration posts" as defined by the White House.
- Every Democratic and Republican presidential nominee since 2000 has released his full list of campaign bundlers to the public, updating it periodically.
- Mitt Romney released his bundlers list in 2008 but has yet to do so for this election cycle.
- As the presumptive nominee in 2008, John McCain released his bundlers list on April 19.
- President Obama has already voluntarily released his bundlers list, with quarterly updates.
- As a result, Obama has already returned more than $200,000 in campaign contributions linked to bundlers with questionable backgrounds -- contributions that likely never would have been scrutinized if his bundlers had been kept secret.
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|22608||Tue Aug 28 05:55:43 EDT 2012||Dennis DeMarinis|
|22607||Tue Aug 28 04:33:41 EDT 2012||Gerald Anderson|
|22606||Tue Aug 28 03:46:24 EDT 2012||Todd Kerekes|
|22605||Tue Aug 28 02:20:31 EDT 2012||Cassandra Deming||IF THE PRESIDENT CAN DO IT; YOU SHOULD TOO. PRESIDENT OBAMA IS BEING MORE UPFONT AND FORTHRIGHT THAN ARE YOU, MR. ROMNEY...SO, GET WITH THE PRGRAM AND REVEAL YOURSELF (ASSUMING YOU HAVE NOTHING TO More....|
|22604||Tue Aug 28 02:20:04 EDT 2012||Luis Jaramillo|
|22603||Tue Aug 28 00:39:18 EDT 2012||Mark Teig|
|22602||Mon Aug 27 23:40:06 EDT 2012||Marsha Beck|
|22601||Mon Aug 27 21:55:09 EDT 2012||Mary Reed|
|22600||Mon Aug 27 20:34:59 EDT 2012||Etta Albright||Honesty and transparency are two qualities the leader of our nation is expected to demonstrate to the people they govern.
If you cannot be that then you must have a "hidden" agenda.
|22599||Mon Aug 27 17:28:04 EDT 2012||Gail Blevins||start doing a little truth which is is against your religion!|
|22598||Mon Aug 27 14:24:47 EDT 2012||Barbara S. Knox|
|22597||Mon Aug 27 14:10:38 EDT 2012||Jennifer Hudson|
|22596||Mon Aug 27 14:00:03 EDT 2012||Sue Lynn||It's critical that the public knows who is supporting you. Why are you afraid to reveal that information?|
|22595||Mon Aug 27 13:44:12 EDT 2012||Connie Drass|
|22594||Mon Aug 27 12:01:52 EDT 2012||david billharz|
|22593||Mon Aug 27 11:59:17 EDT 2012||Mary Thieme|
|22592||Mon Aug 27 11:13:04 EDT 2012||Vytenis Jankunas|
|22591||Mon Aug 27 08:51:27 EDT 2012||James Sullivan|
|22590||Mon Aug 27 05:17:18 EDT 2012||Thomas Nishikawa|
|22589||Sun Aug 26 22:08:50 EDT 2012||Linda Guthrie||You're just another arrogant greedhead until you release more of your tax returns. Your smug, snarky little wife thinks you have released enough info to "you people," meaning me and the rest of regular More....|
|22588||Sun Aug 26 21:38:20 EDT 2012||Anne Tolbert||Release the information - NOW!|
|22587||Sun Aug 26 20:32:59 EDT 2012||Douglas Campbell|
|22586||Sun Aug 26 20:10:41 EDT 2012||Eberhard Veit|
|22585||Sun Aug 26 19:24:21 EDT 2012||Sharon Vieth|
|22584||Sun Aug 26 17:40:48 EDT 2012||Evelyn Hendricks|
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