Interesting NPR piece about the $236 million raised in the past few months by Romney Victory, Incorporated, “a joint fundraising committee that allows donors to give far more than the usual $5,000. Its limit is over $75,000 per person.”
And its horizons go far beyond that. Because Romney Victory is in part a money-laundering scheme:
Romney Victory is deploying some of its millions in a new way for presidential campaigns. It has sent $8 million payments to four states that are not in the heat of the contest. Oklahoma is about as Republican as states get, but GOP leaders there set up a committee just in time to take the Romney Victory Funds.
Political scientist Keith Gaddie is at the University of Oklahoma. He says it makes perfect sense to transfer funds to noncompetitive states.
KEITH GADDIE: The committee chairmen there don’t have their own temptations or their own needs to use the money. That means that you can move that money into a state like Colorado or Missouri or Wisconsin or Ohio where it’s needed.
Other uncontested states laundering Romney Victory money: Vermont, Idaho, and . . . Massachusetts?
State party officials in the fourth state, Massachusetts, didn’t respond to an interview request.
So the hardworking staff has sent its own interview request to the Mass. GOP.
We’ll keep you posted.
P. S. Here’s what we sent:
Greetings, Mass. GOPniks,
You’ve been accused of money-laundering for Mitt Romney by NPR’s All Things Considered.
Campaign Outsider summary:
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