Thursday, September 12, 2013

Potential 2016 GOP Candidates are quietly courting Romney Big Money Donors

Three years before the next presidential election, several prospective Republican White House contenders are quietly courting senior members of Mitt Romney's money machine. 
For the candidates, Romney's team represents a well-connected group of influential donors who can quickly generate – or divert elsewhere – the financial resources that have become the lifeblood of modern presidential politics. The former Republican presidential nominee had questionable political skills, but his fundraising operation was considered an overwhelming success. 
And Romney's fundraising lieutenants – some new to national politics and others well-entrenched political players – are beginning to look for a new home as the potential field of Republican presidential candidates grows. Some caution against reading too much into their early contact with candidates, but acknowledge that it's never too early to begin strengthening relationships with major donors.
"We built an interesting network of people. A lot of them would be inclined to get involved again," Romney finance chairman Spencer Zwick said in a recent interview. "I would love to be heavily involved." 
But expect the donors to be selective. Romney himself suggests that only one – "or perhaps two" – of the growing crop of Republicans is electable. And his top donors, at least for now, tend to agree.
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