Tuesday, October 17, 2006

PACing in the cash

Jon Roos delivers the must read of the day in the Des Moines Register. He covers the Presidential PAC contributions in Iowa to date. On the R side Romney leads the way. Here are some notable excerpts.

Among Republicans testing the presidential waters, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney tops the donor list. His Commonwealth PAC has pumped about $370,000 into Iowa campaigns. The majority of the contributions have gone to legislative candidates.

Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican, has already given $75,700 through his Straight Talk America political action committee, according to a Des Moines Register analysis of PAC contribution reports filed with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board.

"Senator McCain's leadership and experience will be invaluable to our efforts to regain control of the Iowa Senate," said state Sen. Larry McKibben of Marshalltown, one of a dozen Republican legislators who recently signed on with McCain to help the prospective presidential candidate organize as he explores a 2008 campaign.

Donations are also flowing into the campaign coffers of Iowa candidates from the PACs of these other Republicans: Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee, New York Gov. George Pataki, Sen. George Allen of Virginia and Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas. All have been mentioned as possible presidential candidates. Pataki beat his party rivals to the punch by being the first to open an Iowa office for his PAC.

Roos ignores the fact that Romney opened up offices with Nussle, a notable oversight.

The most interesting thing though to the Cooler, was the gap between Warner and the nearest Dem rival. It makes Warners quick departure even more stunning considering that he outdonated (don't think that's a word) everyone on either side.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought the Nussle office was an Republican Govs Association office - Headed by Romney, but nonetheless, paid for by the RGA. Is this this not true? Has Nussle decided to partner up with Romney? If so, does that mean Nussle supports Romney's bid for Pres and is dissing all the other 08'ers?

9:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not really suprising when you realize Warner was known for his gambling, womanizing and drinking.

9:59 AM  
Blogger Caucus Cooler said...

Whoa there 917. To our knowledge Commonwealth PAC partnered up with Nussle to pay for GOTV offices.

To call that an "endorsement" or a "diss" would be a pretty big stretch. This is just Romney finding a way to help out in 06. Pataki is doing a similar thing with the party.

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