Likely GOP presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has donated $45,000 to national Republican campaign organizations, according to a statement released Tuesday.
Specifically, Romney’s Free and Strong America Political Action Committee distributed three $15,000 donations — one to the Republican National Committee, another to the National Republican Senatorial Committee and yet another to the National Republican Congressional Committee.
The donations are in line with a steady stream of campaign cash that Romney has funneled to political committees, state parties and individual state-level and county candidates in key states across the country since last summer.
Other potential presidential candidates, such as former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R), have been active donors as well. But Romney has dominated his peers in the overall scope and size of his giving.
This latest round, he said, was intended to help Republicans battle “President [Barack] Obama and his big-spending allies in Congress [who] have confused priorities for our nation.”
“Instead of focusing on putting unemployed Americans back to work, they have raised taxes, expanded the size and scope of government and prolonged the recession,” Romney said in a statement. “I believe that by electing Republicans, we will make America strong and prosperous again.”
A Public Policy Polling survey of likely New Hampshire primary voters released Tuesday found Romney leading the pack of likely and potential contenders with 27 percent. PPP is a Democratic polling firm.
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.