Mitt Romney's Biggest Donors? Bain Capital

Bain-related donors have given more than $2.7M over the years
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2012 8:01 AM CST
Mitt Romney's Biggest Donors? Bain Capital
Mitt Romney laughs as Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., tells jokes in Hilton Head, S.C., Friday.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

When Mitt Romney ran Bain Capital, his leadership made billions of dollars for the investment firm. And Bain Capital's associates have supported Romney's political ambitions in turn, giving nearly $3 million to his state and national campaigns—a sum that easily makes them Romney's largest group of donors, reports Politico. Bain Capital executives and family members have given $2.7 million over the years to Romney campaigns or supporting PACs, according to a report by the Sunlight Foundation.

Other big donors to Romney include the Marriott family and their employees at $1.27 million; Steven J. Lund Jr. and Nu Skin Enterprises, $1.17 million; hedge fund Paulson & Co., more than $1 million; and Goldman Sachs employees, $899,000. Romney's Bain history has been a big topic on the trail of late, though Newt Gingrich yesterday backed away from a long documentary-style ad put out by a pro-Gingrich super PAC. (More Mitt Romney stories.)

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