A fine line to raise money for Romney

Published: Sunday, Jan. 7 2007 12:08 a.m. MST

"It meant a lot to me," Huntsman said, because until that turnaround, every time the Huntsmans made an investment overseas, the local press described Utah as the home of the Olympics scandal. "It really impacted our family's name and our family's corporation," he said.

Huntsman said he and some of his family contributed about $250,000 total to the political action committees organized on behalf of Romney before he created the political exploratory committee for a presidential race the first week of January.

Not on the list of contributors is Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., who announced his support last year for McCain. The governor's father said it's not the first time they've backed different presidential candidates.

"It isn't like there's a great split in the family or anything," Huntsman said. In 2000, for example, he said he supported Elizabeth Dole while his son backed George Bush for the GOP nomination.

Bush won, of course, and the governor expects the same result this time around.

"The governor loves and respects his dad too much to provide an opposing sound bite, but he believes their respective choices in candidates will likely end much like they did in 2000, with the governor riding the winning horse," his spokeswoman, Lisa Roskelley, said.

The governor's father said that in 2008, "there's no way I could ever support anyone other than Mitt." He said he'll continue to raise money for Romney. "I won't be out front in any sense of the word, but I'll do everything I can to raise the funds that are necessary for his campaign."

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