Is The Mass. GOP Laundering Money For Mitt Romney?

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:

Any comment?

The Hardworking Staff

‘Nuf ced.

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2 Responses to Is The Mass. GOP Laundering Money For Mitt Romney?

  1. Bob Gardner says:

    I’m not sure after listening to the piece how the money laundering is supposed to work. By moving the money around, do they qualify for the cheaper ad rate? Also, TV ads are run on Massachusetts stations for the New Hampshire market, so the transfer of money to Massachusetts (and Vermont) might be justified for that reason.

    • Campaign Outsider says:

      Best as I can tell, Bob: Joint committees like the Romney Victory fund can accept higher contributions per individual because the funds go to support state parties, not candidates. But for the Romney campaign, state parties are just a halfway house, because they forward the money to another state party, which then uses it to promote the candidate.

      Thereby end-running the intent of the campaign-fundraising law that enables the joint committee.

      Does that make sense?

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