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The More Grassroots Republicans Get to Know Romney, the Less They Like Him

A recent Washington Post article broke down the fundraising numbers for each of the Republican presidential candidates and revealed some interesting trends in the amount of money each candidate is raising from large and small donors. That information is worth discussing -- so we will share the real gem in the article after we review the fundraising numbers.

That there is little enthusiasm for moderate former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney at the conservative grassroots of the GOP is not exactly a revelation. However, it is useful to have an objective measure of that lack of grassroots enthusiasm, and the fundraising numbers are certainly one key indicator.

According to The Washington Post article, through the end of January, Romney raised $63.2 million for his campaign, more than twice as much as the next most successful Republican candidate (Congressman Ron Paul, who had raised $30 million). Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum trailed, raising $18.2 million and $6.7 million respectively.

The Post went on to note this key point: “Paul, Gingrich and Santorum all have raised more than half of their money from small donors. Romney’s campaign, by contrast, has brought in just 12 percent of its total from contributors giving less than $200 at a time.”

If you are looking for some objective measure of who is the establishment candidate in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, the breakdown of major donor versus small donor fundraising is a pretty good one. But it does little more than confirm the conventional wisdom that Romney is the Republican establishment’s favored candidate.

The real gem in the article is this: Romney is raising even less from small donors this cycle than he did during his 2008 effort. In that campaign, 25 percent of his fundraising came from small donors, according to The Washington Post analysis of federal filings.

Judging by his support from small donors, Romney has never been a grassroots favorite. The fact that Romney’s small donor support is half of what it was in 2008 is further confirmation of the point we made after Rick Santorum’s sweep of the Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado Republican nominating contests. In each case, Romney’s vote was well down from what he claimed four years ago.

The Washington Post analysis of small donor support is one more piece of evidence that the more grassroots Republicans get to know the moderate former Massachusetts Governor, the less they like him.

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Romney is not a conservative nor a Republican.


Barack H. Romney is ZERO improvement over Barack H. Obamass .   RON PAUL for President  !!!


I am very conservative and Rommey is the last candidate I would support. He has not been consident in his job as governor, he has been all over the place with supporting issues. I want a candidate that I knows what he stands for.


Absolutely Untrue!

Romney's considerable support conservatives is demonstrated by the numbers of conservatives voting for him in primaries.  Somehow your writers search vigorously for ways to criticize Romney instead of objectively looking at the kind of man he is and actually trying to select the best candidate.  If you did that, Romney would be your choice.  We need Romney as our candidate because he can and will defeat Obama.   

well it sure as hell took

well it sure as hell took them long enough i said from the beginning he should stay in ma