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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We, the undersigned, urge Mitt Romney to release his full list of campaign bundlers in order to match the level of transparency that has come to be expected from presidential candidates of both major parties.

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  • 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.

Visit Public Citizen's White House for Sale page for detailed information about Obama and Romney's bundlers we do know about.

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Number Date Name Add a Comment
22708 Wed Oct 10 10:31:13 EDT 2012 Margaret Truman I cannot vote for anyone who will not reveal the source of their bribes ... that is "contributions." Please do the right thing!
22707 Mon Oct 08 23:42:43 EDT 2012 Karen Lovaglio
22706 Mon Oct 08 22:19:24 EDT 2012 David Deutsch Everything is a secret -- solutions to problems, tax returns and now bundlers.

I wouldn't want you for a neighbor, much less President.
22705 Mon Oct 08 18:48:55 EDT 2012 Glenyth Turner
22704 Mon Oct 08 11:47:53 EDT 2012 Christopher Lish
22703 Sun Oct 07 09:58:18 EDT 2012 Anonymous We the People are sovereign, not We the Checkbooks. Show us the names.
22702 Sat Oct 06 18:05:38 EDT 2012 Davey Ann McEvers
22701 Sat Oct 06 16:55:40 EDT 2012 Lew Douglas
22700 Sat Oct 06 05:01:01 EDT 2012 Carley Broder
22699 Fri Oct 05 23:40:00 EDT 2012 Tunde Ogundiyun
22698 Fri Oct 05 22:58:34 EDT 2012 Anonymous
22697 Sun Sep 30 22:39:36 EDT 2012 joel myers
22696 Thu Sep 27 00:59:32 EDT 2012 Laura Sternberg
22695 Wed Sep 26 13:43:00 EDT 2012 Andrea Frary
22694 Wed Sep 26 00:05:36 EDT 2012 Carlos Echevarria
22693 Tue Sep 25 22:26:48 EDT 2012 Erica Freeman
22692 Tue Sep 25 18:51:57 EDT 2012 dinmani savla
22691 Tue Sep 25 13:37:55 EDT 2012 Anonymous We don't need a man we can't trust in the White House. We've had Bush that was enough. Either tell all and be transparent or get out of the race.
22690 Mon Sep 24 20:05:01 EDT 2012 Michelle Reed
22689 Mon Sep 24 14:38:32 EDT 2012 Marilyn Torgeson Stop hiding your intentions and the people who give most of your funding. If you truly expect people to vote for you, you
must come clean with who is behind your fundraising.or is this the like More....
22688 Sun Sep 23 13:32:12 EDT 2012 Carl Schnoor
22687 Sat Sep 22 18:17:27 EDT 2012 Carol Patton
22686 Sat Sep 22 18:17:04 EDT 2012 Carol Patton
22685 Sat Sep 22 14:46:47 EDT 2012 Susan Tabor Mit Romney what do you have to HIDE. Tell us where the money comes from!
22684 Fri Sep 21 21:34:36 EDT 2012 Tammy Lettieri
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