Potential 2012 GOP Presidential Candidates Raise Big Money, Back Pro-Lifers

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 1, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Potential 2012 GOP Presidential Candidates Raise Big Money, Back Pro-Lifers

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 1
, 2010

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The potential 2012 Republican presidential candidates all raised significant amounts of money for their political action committees last year. Each of the potential challengers to pro-abortion President Barack Obama not only received hefty donations but also doled out money to pro-life candidates.

The associated with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the 2008 vice-presidential nominee, raised $1.4 million in the second half of last year and $2.1 million through all of 2009.

The records show most of the income coming in after she stepped down as the governor of Alaska to focus more time to speaking out on issues.

According to a filing made Saturday to the Federal Election Commission, Sarah PAC received most of its support by way of small donations.

Palin’s PAC supported pro-life candidates — with $35,500 to federal candidates and committees, including to pro-life Senate candidates Roy Blunt in Missouri and Rob Portman in Ohio.

Palin also supported pro-life former congressman John Kasich, a candidate for Ohio governor, and pro-life Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell in his bid for the office last year.

"We are thrilled,” Meg Stapleton, a senior advisor and spokeswoman for Palin, told Politico about the fundraising success of the political action committee. Common sense Americans know the direction we need to take this country and that Sarah Palin will be instrumental in taking us there this year. We look forward to the journey ahead!”

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who ran as a pro-life presidential candidate in 2008, raised $2.9 million last year and entered the year with $1.1 million on hand.

Romney’s PAC contributed the maximum $6800 to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in his successful bid to knock off pro-abortion Gov. Jon Corzine and $5,000 to McDonnell.

He also sent $9,000 in early “seed money” to Scott Brown, who defeated pro-abortion Martha Coakley in Massachusetts.

And pro-life Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty raised $1.3 million since launching just three months ago.

He has been aggressively raising funds to show he is a serious presidential candidate.

“One of the key questions out of the box was, could Gov. Pawlenty put together the financial resources to sustain an aggressive, well-organized effort to help Republicans in 2010?” Phil Musser, a senior adviser to Pawlenty, told Politico. “Our first quarter reflects a solid start in that direction.”

“People look at Tim Pawlenty and see his ability to connect with the everyday man," he said.

Pawlenty also donated to several pro-life political candidates seeking office in 2010.

The PAC headed by pro-life former Arkansas Gov. Mick Huckabee had yet to file its report covering the second half of 2009 with the FEC but a Twitter message LifeNews.com received had Huckabee saying he was happy to have had 16,000 donors and was looking to double that in 2010.

However, Fox News indicated Huckabee’s Huck PAC performed worse than expected — raising just $800,000.

However, Huckabee’s group was able to put together a list of 60,000 dedicated people who it can call on to support candidates or a potential Huckabee presidential campaign.

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