Watching Mitt Romney go up against Rick Perry, it’s clear that Romney lacks Perry’s audacious Texan swagger and witt. Even though Perry’s views are radical and has some troubling history in his background as governor, such as the death of an innocent man, the polls are in his favor for now. In stark comparison, Romney often appears stiff and uncomfortable as if a little uncertain about himself and the role he is seeking in becoming the Republican presidential nominee. Perhaps that is why Perry is now ahead of him in the polls.
It’s easy to get caught up in a candidate’s persona of the moment; namely, stiffness vs. ease, younger vs. older, or whether one is easy on the eyes or not. Such window dressing catches us off guard and often keeps our gaze away from what matters — where a candidate stands on key issues (public and private), and who their campaign donors are.
The Center for Responsive Politics helps us to look beyond the swagger and follows the money trail. A couple of days ago, the Center wrote an article on three questionable donations totaling $3 million ($1M each) that Romney received from three corporate donors through a super PAC, Restore Our Future, earlier this year. An investigation into the corporations shows that at least one of them does not exist at all. This spurred two watchdog groups to file a complaint with the FEC for a full investigation.
Examining The Mysterious Donations to Pro-Romney Super PAC Restore Our Future
Earlier this year, three corporations each donated $1 million to a super PAC supportive of the presidential campaign of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney called Restore Our Future. A new Center for Responsive Politics analysis of the men behind these companies shows they have long histories of contributing to Romney’s campaigns and leadership PACs. » Read More