Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney had an excellent grasp of the money side of politics, and a few Republicans thinking about the 2016 election are looking to tap his money resources, the Associated Press reported
Romney’s fundraising team collected $446 million, breaking all Republican records, and with that in mind, potential candidates are making contact with senior members of that team, the AP reported.
Although there isn’t a clear contender for the Republican presidential candidate, a few names are coming to the forefront and they’ve been targeting the people who helped Romney pull in big dollars. One is New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who recently had a private meeting with Spencer Zwick, Romney finance chairman.
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“We built an interesting network of people. A lot of them would be inclined to get involved again,” Zwick said in a recent AP interview. “I would love to be heavily involved.”
Others hopefuls are targeting Charlie Spies, who developed the super PAC that raised $150 million for Romney.
“I've had multiple conversations with people who may consider running,” Spies told the AP.
The news analysis said many of the senior Romney donors who pulled in millions of dollars for the 2012 campaign embody the more “pragmatic wing of the Republican party, a group likely to shy away from candidates driven by rigid conservative ideology.”
Few donors would be willing to commit to a candidate this early in the process, but that hasn't slowed the invitations from Republicans attempting to make those connections, the AP noted.
“My guess is that every one of the contenders would be better than whoever the Democrats put up,” Romney told attendees at a New Hampshire Republican Party fundraiser in August. “But there will only be one or perhaps two who actually could win the election in November.”
Public Policy Polling found
that the two leading Republican candidates right now are Christie and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, both however were beaten in the political poll by Hillary Clinton as Democratic candidate.
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