Friday, July 07, 2006

Commonwealth PAC Election 2006 Activity

Taking a look at the Commonwealth PAC's reported data (as of May 29) one sees a flurry of activity in key primary and battleground states. Romney's PAC has given a total of $8,000 to Republican House candidates, including $1,000 each to two New Hampshire Republicans, $1,000 each to two Iowa Republicans, $2,000 to Peter Hoekstra from Michigan, and $2,000 to Ralph Norman of South Carolina. It breaks down like this:

Bass, Charles (R-NH) $1,000
Bradley, Jeb (R-NH) $1,000
Hoekstra, Peter (R-MI) $2,000
King, Steven A (R-IA) $1,000
Latham, Tom (R-IA) $1,000
Norman, Ralph (R-SC) $2,000

On the Senate side the PAC has given a total of $10,100 to candidates from Michigan, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Maryland, including -- perhaps most interestingly -- $2,000 to Rick Santorum and $2,100 to Michael Steele of Maryland.

Bouchard, Michael J (R-MI) $2,000
Butler, Keith (R-MI) $2,000
Graham, Lindsey (R-SC) $2,000
Santorum, Rick (R-PA) $2,000
Steele, Michael (R-MD) $2,100

Now, what does this all mean? I don't know, I'm not Columbo. I'll leave some comments about it when I have more time though.


Blogger Allan M. Bailey said...

Giving to Rick Santorum does two things, in my mind. First, it gives to a candidate who is in serious risk of losing his seat in the senate and second, it says, "Hey, I'm behind that guy who is for every socially conservative issue and talking point in American public discourse. Maybe you should vote for me in the primaries."

Most of the other gifts are obviously to important early primary-state Republicans. If you give them money, maybe they will stump for you. The large sums given to Michigan Republicans may have several reasons including Mitt's Desire to give back to where his roots are and his desire to win a state of growing importance in the Primary battles.

5:23 PM  
Blogger David Kennedy said...

The two Michigan senate candidates are running against each other in the primary. Looks like Mitt is playing both sides there.

Also interesting is that he gave money to Michael Steele who is the current lieutanant governor in Maryland and also African-American. I presume that there is some sort of personal connection there -- as chairman of the Republican Governors' Association he could have gotten to know Steele.

2:05 PM  

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