Romney Endorsers – A Lot of Money Goes a Long Way

What Can't Money Buy?

Salon Magazine is certainly a leftwing source, but I think it is wise to know what others are saying if only because you will know how to respond when you find yourself in an inevitable conflict with them.  Occasionally, they can even provide you with a little insight into what is wrong on your side, and in this respect,  Edward Mason of Salon has written an excellent article on the question of Romney’s endorsers, and how the pay-back game is working out for the Mittster.  According to Mason, Romney takes the behind-the-scenes endorsement game “to a whole new level.” It’s a story of the way in which money greases the wheels in politics, and while there’s nothing novel about the fact that it happens, what Mason reports that is different about Romney’s operation is the degree to which it is scripted and is paying dividends in the realm of primary endorsements, because he bought the widespread support in advance.  Mason starts here:

“Money may not be buying Mitt Romney much Republican love, but it’s going a long way toward helping him buy the next best thing: endorsements in the GOP primaries.”

That’s not the half of it.  According to Mason, we can now understand quite well why it is that Gov. Nikki Haley became an early endorser of Romney, despite the fact that she had been a Tea Party favorite:

“South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley came out for Romney last month – a year after his Free and Strong America PACs funneled $36,000 to the Tea Party darling’s 2010 election bid. And 19 state and Washington, D.C., lawmakers in three Super Tuesday states – Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia — are backing Romney after his PAC poured a total of $125,500 into their coffers for elections held in 2009 and 2010.”

What Mason details is the manner in which Mitt has leveraged his contributions into state and local endorsements.  While we can all wonder about the efficacy of endorsements in small numbers, it’s clear that what Romney hopes to accomplish is to get so many endorsements that it will support the notion of an “inevitable nominee,” and thereby overwhelm his adversaries in the primaries.

One of the more stunning revelations in Mason’s informative article is this:

“According to the Federal Election Commission and OpenSecrets.org, the PAC donated $890,299 to some 167 congressional and Senate candidates in 2010, while distributing another $404,226 in 2010 to state and local candidates, according to state campaign finance records collected by FollowTheMoney.org.”

That’s a sizable chunk of cash, and that it was spent in supporting these state and local candidates tells the tale, because quite obviously, they’re now all coming out of the woodwork to endorse Romney.  There’s nothing illegal about any of this, but it’s not the legality of the matter with which should be concerned.  It’s a stunning display of how a well-heeled candidate can buy his way to a nomination, and those who don’t see it coming are in for a terrible surprise.  It’s small wonder he’s got such an advantage in early states, and it’s now clear why the schedule moved up:  Romney intends to close this down, and fast, lest conservative voters realize they’ve been led down the garden path by a campaign that has been playing hardball since its defeat in 2008.  Romney may have lost last time out, but this time, he’s throwing everything he has at the endeavor, and has been since almost immediately after his 2008 defeat at the hands of John McCain, and so far, it’s paying off.

Read Mason’s article. If you didn’t understand how this works, this will clear it up.

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9 Responses to Romney Endorsers – A Lot of Money Goes a Long Way

  1. Gwen says:

    Why does he personally want to be POTUS so badly, that he is willing to buy it? His platitudes do not sound any different than Obama's. I just don't buy that he is any better for this country than Obama, just different. Change for the sake of change is foolish, that's how we got Obama in the first place! I am not convinced that he loves this country as much as I do!

  2. I'm reposting this, with credit of course, mostly because I find it distasteful, which is not unusual for me with Mittens.

  3. Mark, I hear your frustration, disappointment and disgust with the political and election environment. Normaly you post one, perhaps two items a day, today.. Whew!! I believe your view of things to come are like many posting, reading your words. This is the one, the election. We know, You know.

    Just to let you know, so many here feel the same. Nervous, apprehensive and sooo angry. None of us thought we would ever be here.

    • MarkAmerica says:

      Thanks BD. It is frustrating, and disgusting, but I will not give in to despair just yet. There is still time to turn this ship around.We just need to find the way to do it.

  4. Mark, BD really nailed it, didn't he. My posting schedule this week looked like yours and I'm usually good for one or two at most. We just have to keep on hoping that we can find the tiller again and get this ship off the rocks. My plan for my blog was energy supply and usage, with some history of technology thrown in, when did I get this political

    • MarkAmerica says:

      NE, Thanks, I know what you mean. Politics has become so pervasive, I actually take it as one more sign of how far we've fallen. I just wish I could get all my fellow Americans energized, at least long enough to clean this up.

      • For several years I had read, read, read much about what was going on. No facebook, no twitter, no social networking at all. I thought I had been learning all I could, not believing most what I read or very skeptical what I was learning. Finally…

        I work for a smaller communications company, teach new technicians their jobs. For several years during lunch. I have been showing videos on Monsanto, educational indoctrination, political and social intrusion into our lives and the flagrant taking of our Constitutional rights and individual liberties. I send all this to the owners, managers and others in my company and outside to those I know. Belong to several orgs (though some are personally motivated) in an attempt to gain even more knowledge. Mark. as I have posted before, perhaps one of a thousand open their eyes. One even said this is too much to wrap his mind around all this. From every side, the US, the people, the citizens are being attacked. The justice department is legislating law. The regulatory czars legislating law. It is so out of control. I know you see all this too. I was at the Board of Commissioners in my county when they approved the Agenda 21 directive.. (I laugh) Sustainable Development. Where I live will be aggricultural.

        Most here already know, already see and already try. The general public, so involved in their personal lives they refuse to see what is around them; can not see the forest because of the trees.

        Only this year, I finally opened a twitter acct. and am open with everything I know, follow and see. I can not isolate myself, seemingly apprehensive. Anyone who does even a little research can connect the dots, the direction this pres will take us. Now wanting to consolidate power, like most 3rd world countries… Keep power close with loyal friends, co-horts and like minded ideologiest.

        What to do? I don't know. Other than give all I know more and more information, it is disheartening. Paypal has frozen donations to the Constitutional Sheriff' and Peace Officers Association… The final stand against Federal intrusion into the states. Elected Sherif's can prohibit federal officers from entering and arresting people. http://cspoa.org/

        Those against what we know, what we believe are so very powerful with so much money. I know I am or could be deemed a terrorist. (smile) I have food stored, attempting to put a hand pump on my property (loss of electricity), against big govt and for the Constitution and for individual rights and liberties. NDAA, vaugue and decision making authorized by the administration.. I don't even have a gun..or hunt. I wonder when fishing for food will have oversight. Already gardens, home farming is regulated.

        I don't feel like a fringe lunatic. haha….I guess there is many of us, then. Well, you don't know unless someone of authority says you are? I pray for all of us.

        Mitt is Obama light.

  5. Mark,
    I might add, that if I recall right, Mitt would wait until the last minute to support and endorse most of these candidates. Waited until it looked like they would win their seats, then bought their future support. Mean while, Sarah Palin had stuck her neck out and led the fight for these same polititians only to be stabbed in the back by them. Hmmm, maybe she just didn't have enough cash (and moral bankruptcy) to do the same.

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