- David and Julia Koch (billionaire)
- Louis Eisenberg (financier)
- Woody Johnson (NY Jets Owner)
- Wayne Berman (Ogilvy Government Relations Chairman)
- Donald and Muffy Miller (Ny Businessman Wife President of Venetian Heritage)
- John Paulson (hedge fund titan)
- Stephen Ross (Related Companies Chairman)
- Anthony Scaramucci (Skybridge Capital Founder)
- David and Ginny Knott (hedge funders)
- Patrick Durkin (Credit Suisse First Boston)
- Richard Breeden (former Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman)
Former Ambassador John Rood a Romney supporter living in Florida said, Romney has built on momentum from his findraising base in 2008.
“Others have been through Florida, but I haven’t seen anywhere near the same outreach through their PAC’s or their teams, so to speak,” he said. “I don’t see anybody at the level that Mitt Romney is.”
There are still some of the big donors who are holding out until after the 2010 mid-term elections or until they can assess what impact the Tea Party might have on the 2012 election.
Some in the big-donor class claim to welcome the tea party’s energy, but many are nevertheless nervously eyeing Sarah Palin.
“Most long-standing donors are worried about a candidate, or multiple candidates, coming forward who are too extreme,” said a major Republican donor with long ties to the party. “You’ve got a lot of people that don’t want to support the tea party movement.”
Rick Wilson, a Republican strategist based in Florida, said much will depend on the tea party's durability as a political force. “Major donors may want to ride the conservative wave if it means being with the [primary] winner ... though they've usually gone for more moderate Republicans,” he said.
One of those big donors who is remaining uncommitted is Paul Singer of Elliott Management Who sources close to him say that he is waiting until after the 2010 mid-term elections are over before deciding who he is with. Singer has already given $5.5 Million to the RGA this cycle.
Making things more complicated also are a few other names being tossed around for 2012 that have ties to the big donors.
Governor Haley Barbour through is affiliation with the RGA has already brought their fundraising efforts to a new high. Then there is Governor Mitch Daniels who has ties to the Bush supporters. South Dakota Senator John Thune has begun courting some money men and Governor Tim Pawlenty has attracted money man and Chicago banker William Strong as a backer.
Newt Gingrich, is raising early, but in a different way, snaring $3.8 million through his nonprofit, registered under the 527 tax code, that can accept unlimited contributions.
As for Sarah Palin, Palin is an unknown factor in all this. Many Republicans don’t believe Palin will ultimately run, given that she’s making so much money speaking, through her books and in private life. She appears to have done the least to court big donors...At this point, Palin seems to be concentrating on small donations for her PAC.
While it's true that no one can run a successful national campaign solely on these mega-donors, it certainly helps create a strong base to build upon. And besides, these individuals seem to have an eye for picking winners.
Now before all the anti-Romney folks start posting comments like, "Romney only attracts big business donors and not the little guy", well that's not true. Mitt Romney attracts both and KNOWS from experience that you need both to wage a SUCCESSFUL campaign. If you doubt this strategy, Just look at Mike Huckabee in 2008.
To Read the complete article from Politico, go HERE.