PRESS RELEASE from Free and Strong America PAC
January 2010

Mitt Romney's Free and Strong America PAC Raises Nearly Three Million Dollars in 2009

BOSTON, MA – Mitt Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC today filed its year-end finance report with the Federal Election Commission, closing out its 2009 activity.  The PAC reported raising $2,912,697 from January 1st through December 31st, 2009. Contributions to Republican state and federal candidates and causes in this off-election year totaled $120,745.87. 

The PAC started 2009 with $337,976 cash on hand.  After expenditures, the PAC begins 2010 with $1,125,375 cash on hand, a substantial war chest to help finance Republican candidates in the important 2010 cycle.

Mitt Romney formed the Free and Strong America PAC because he believes in the importance of helping Republican candidates and promoting conservative causes around the country. The federal PAC contributed $64,754.74 to federal candidates and committees, and an additional $28,491.13 to state and local candidates.

Mitt Romney’s PAC also has five state affiliates in Alabama, Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, which did not conduct any fundraising but which made contributions to candidates nonetheless.  In 2009, the New Hampshire PAC contributed $17,500 out of its existing balances, including the maximum $1,000 toward Jeb Bradley’s successful campaign to become a New Hampshire State Senator, and an additional $10,000 to the New Hampshire GOP.  In addition, the Alabama PAC contributed $10,000 out of its existing balances in support of Kay Ivey’s gubernatorial campaign.

The federal PAC’s contributions include $9,000 in early "seed money" to U.S. Senator-Elect Scott Brown, who went on to win a special election in Massachusetts to become the state’s first Republican Senator in decades.  

The PAC also gave $5,000 each to Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina, Republican Whip Eric Cantor (VA-07), Missouri Representative Roy Blunt who is running for U.S. Senate, Jim Tedisco who ran in a special election to represent New York’s 20th congressional district, and David Harmer who ran in a special election to represent California’s 10th congressional district.

The federal PAC also contributed $1,000 each to the “Undaunted Dozen,” a group of House Republicans targeted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) for their votes against the $800 billion stimulus bill.  In addition, the PAC contributed the maximum $6,800 to the successful campaign of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and $5,000 each to the successful campaigns of Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, Virginia Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, and Virginia Delegate Barbara Comstock. 

A complete list of the PAC’s 2009 donations is below.

 
Committee
Office Sought
Amount
Chris Christie for Governor, Inc.
New Jersey Governor
$6,800 cash contribution
Kay Ivey Campaign for Governor
Alabama Governor
$10,000 cash contribution from AL PAC
McDonnell for Governor
Virginia Governor
$5,000 cash contribution
Bolling for Lieutenant Governor 09
Virginia Lt. Governor
$5,000 cash contribution
Ken Cuccinelli for Attorney General
Virginia Attorney General
$5,000 cash contribution
Bennett for Senate
U.S. Senate (UT)
$2,675.88 in-kind contribution

DeMint for Senate Committee Inc.
U.S. Senate (SC)
$5,000 cash contribution
Scott Brown for U.S. Senate Committee
U.S. Senate (MA)
$9,000 cash contribution
Friends of Roy Blunt
U.S. Senate (MO)
$5,000 cash and in-kind contribution
Toomey for Senate
U.S. Senate (PA)
$104 in-kind contribution

Judy Biggert for Congress (Undaunted Dozen)
IL-13
$1,000 cash contribution
Ken Calvert for Congress (Undaunted Dozen)
CA-44
$1,000 cash contribution
Cantor for Congress
VA-07
$5,000 cash contribution
Castle Campaign Fund (Undaunted Dozen)
DE-01
$1,000 cash contribution
Charlie Dent for Congress (Undaunted Dozen)
PA-15
$1,000 cash contribution
Jim Gerlach for Congress Committee (Undaunted Dozen)
PA-06
$1,000 cash contribution
Kirk for Congress (Undaunted Dozen)
IL-10
$1,000 cash contribution
Blaine for Congress 2010 (Undaunted Dozen)
MO-09
$1,000 cash contribution
Lungren for Congress (Undaunted Dozen)
CA-03
$1,000 cash contribution
McCotter Congressional Committee (Undaunted Dozen)
MI-11
$1,000 cash contribution
Pete Olson for Congress
TX-22
$196.24 in-kind contribution
Friends of Dave Reichert (Undaunted Dozen)
WA-08
$1,000 cash contribution
Pete Sessions for Congress (Undaunted Dozen)
TX-32
$1,000 cash contribution
Friends of David Harmer
CA-10
$5,000 cash contribution

Doug Hoffman for Congress
NY-23
$5,000 cash contribution
Tedisco for Congress Inc
NY-20
$4,725.37 cash contribution
Jim Tedisco-NRCC Victory Fund
N/A
$549.25 in-kind contribution ($274.63 attributed to Tedisco for Congress, Inc. and $274.62 attributed to NRCC)
California Republican Assembly Fed. PAC
N/A
$5,000 cash contribution
MA Republican State Congressional Committee
N/A
$5,000 cash contribution
National Republican Senatorial Committee
N/A
$2 in-kind contribution
Republican National Lawyers Association
N/A
$1,500 cash contribution
Republican Party of Virginia
N/A
$2 in-kind contribution

Friends of J. Bradley for State Senate
NH State Senate
$1,000 cash contribution from NH PAC
Anitere Flores Campaign

Florida State Senate
$500 cash contribution
Lynne Blankenbeker Campaign

NH State Representative
$250 cash contribution from NH PAC
Friends of Barbara Comstock
Virginia Delegate
$5,191.13 cash and in-kind contribution
Ted Gatsas for Mayor

Mayor of Manchester, NH
$500 cash contribution from NH PAC
Merrifield for Mayor

Mayor of Franklin, NH
$500 cash contribution from NH PAC
Will Infantine for Alderman

Alderman of Manchester, NH
$250 cash contribution from NH PAC
David Lister for City Council

City Council of Boise, Idaho
$1,000 cash contribution
New Hampshire Republican State Committee
N/A
$10,000 cash contribution from NH PAC
Cornerstone Policy Research

N/A
$500 cash contribution from NH PAC
House Republican Victory PAC

N/A
$1,000 cash contribution from NH PAC
Manchester Republican Committee

N/A
$1,000 cash contribution from NH PAC
Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications

N/A
$500 cash contribution from NH PAC
Nashua Area Republican City Committee
 
N/A
$1,000 cash contribution from NH PAC
Republican Senate Majority Committee
N/A
$1,000 cash contribution from NH PAC
 
 
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