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Donor Foster Friess Moving to Back Santorum, This Time for 2016

By    |   Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 12:50 PM

Foster Friess, a donor to conservative causes who provided critical support for former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum's 2012 presidential campaign, will host a private gathering in Arizona this weekend to marshal support for a potential 2016 Santorum run.

The Washington Post reported that Republican consultants from Iowa and South Carolina, and Republican business executives are slated to talk with Santorum about his strategy and discuss the financing of a national political operation with Friess.

Santorum and Friess will speak to attendees at the event in Scottsdale, emphasizing that they are working together as Santorum moves toward running for president next year.

Santorum, who won 11 primaries and caucuses during his 2012 race, will make the case that his populist economic message and his conservative following will make him a strong contender in the Republican primaries.

In 2012, Santorum had been trailing in the polls but came from behind to win the Iowa caucuses. The victory put him into the top tier of Republican candidates.

Friess at the time provided more than $2 million to a Santorum super PAC.

Friess' support enabled him to stay on the air in states like Minnesota, where former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's rival super PAC was bombarding the airwaves with advertising against him, The New York Times reported.

Santorum won the Minnesota caucus, and contests in Missouri and Colorado, on Feb. 7, 2012, and emerged as one of Romney's top rivals for several months.

In Scottsdale this weekend, Friess is expected to discuss the need for Santorum to expand his grass-roots-oriented fundraising network to be able to compete with well-financed potential rivals such as Romney and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

On Tuesday, the former Pennsylvania senator discussed his presidential plans with 33 friends and advisers in Washington. Santorum "talked about his 2012 run, lessons learned from 2012, how he has laid the groundwork for a potential 2016 run," a Santorum confidant told The Post.

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Foster Friess, a donor to conservative causes who provided critical support for former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum's 2012 presidential campaign, will host a private gathering in Arizona this weekend to marshal support for a potential 2016 Santorum run.The Washington...
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