Mitt Romney's Senate campaign war chest includes $1 million from his presidential bids

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  • J2 Riverton, UT
    April 12, 2018 7:37 p.m.

    FINALLY, they condescend to mention Larry Meyers!

    So will there be more coverage of the better candidates for Senate, Deseret News? If not, then we the people can all safely assume that you support politicians buying their way to elected office.

  • liberal larry Salt Lake City, UT
    April 10, 2018 5:33 p.m.

    Many public figures, and business leaders project an image of consistency, honesty, and integrity, that stands up over the years.

    Politicians Goldwater, Eisenhower, McCain, Carter, and McGovern, I firmly believe to be of the highest moral character. And likewise business leaders Warren Buffet, A Truett Cathy, Ray Dalio, and Utah's Scott Anderson seem to be cut from the same cloth.

    But Mitt just doesn't strike me as being in the same league with these people. His radically changing political stances, and his management style at Bain, just don't seem to hold up to close scrutiny.

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    April 10, 2018 1:31 p.m.

    So Romney is responsible now for Sports Authority declaring bankruptcy? And how many YEARS ago did Romney's business invest in Sports Authority? And how many years ago did Romney leave Bain Capital?

    Good grief, is there any limit at all to Mitt Romney's business responsibilities? I bet if I said the company you worked for went out of business the day after you left and I blamed you, you would have no problem at all saying "It wasn't MY fault!"

    Romney's a good man, even a great man, with enormous character and integrity. The more liberals whine about him the more I shake my head in sorrow.

    Utah will be lucky to have him. And, no, despite what some claim, he's not a "carpetbagger". He's been connected to Utah in various ways for decades.

  • Spiff Salt Lake City, UT
    April 10, 2018 12:57 p.m.

    That man does not have to spend one cent, he will be elected. In fact, I will call it now, the FIRST to call it. No mystery, Mitt Romney will be our new Senator. So a 1 million dollar war chest is overkill. How about a one cent war chest.

  • Flyer St. George, UT
    April 10, 2018 12:41 p.m.

    I think that it's time for the DNews to officially announce their love for, and endorsement of Mitt Romney! Why else do you cover anything and everything related to this guy? I'm just waiting for a story by your paper on what he eats for breakfast.

    With regards to Mitt's never ending source of money however, there certainly didn't need to be a story written about this, for us (people of Utah) to understand that he has everything he needs to buy this election.

    Thanks!

  • liberal larry Salt Lake City, UT
    April 10, 2018 12:41 p.m.

    I hope Romney's practices at Bain Capital get a thorough examination.

    One of this former "successes", Sports Authority, has recently gone into bankruptcy!

  • Weston Jurney West Jordan, UT
    April 10, 2018 12:27 p.m.

    ...And elections are almost always won by the candidate with the most money.

    Why are we even bothering with going through the motions of democracy. Why don't we just crown him already and be done with it?

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    April 10, 2018 12:25 p.m.

    @FabledSoul,

    Real Republicans:
    -Protect the environment e.g. Teddy Roosevelt, Nixon, GW Bush
    -Support civil rights e.g. Lincoln, Dirksen, Geo. Romney
    -Believe in sensible Gun laws e.g. Reagan, GHW Bush
    -Progressive global leadership e.g. Nixon, Reagan, GHW Bush, Baker
    -Promote a sensible path to citizenship e.g. GW Bush
    -Support infrastructure investment e.g. Lincoln, Eisenhower
    -Call out corrupt party leadership e.g. Goldwater, Dirksen

    RINO's:
    -Exploit the environment
    -Against civil rights & equality
    -No gun restrictions whatsoever, sell-out to NRA
    -Retreat from global leadership
    -Blame immigrants for crime, unemployment
    -Block needed infrastructure investment
    -Support party over principle, attack DOJ, CIA, FBI for doing their job

    ....are talk show hosts, and reality-TV stars, promoting their fear-based worldview where only they can rule. Trump is the classic RINO - he gave money to both political parties and never promoted GOP ideology until he started running for POTUS.

  • bamafone Salem, UT
    April 10, 2018 12:18 p.m.

    Think of all the needy children in Utah that could be fed and clothed with that money. You could donate it today Mitt.

  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    April 10, 2018 12:14 p.m.

    Mitt Romney is an honest and caring man. I think he deserves to be elected and he would do a wonderful job. He would represent Utah in a fine light.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 10, 2018 12:14 p.m.

    Romney is a good and honest man, but he is a conservative only when measured on the Massachusetts standards.

    Utah would be a lot better off if Romney spend that $1 million plus getting a younger, real conservative, from Utah elected to the Senate..

    I thought the idea of Mrs Clinton becoming a Senator from New York was a despicable carpetbagger move, and sadly see Romney's campaign as only slightly better since he does have a very positive record from the 2002 Olympics and has owned houses here (and in several other states) for many years, so it is not a totally bogus Utah affiliation, only suspect.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    April 10, 2018 11:52 a.m.

    To "quackquack" if we were to elect politicians based on "character, morals and points of view" we would never elect any of them.

    To "Utefan60" how can they give themselves tax money that was never collected? It doesn't make sense? Tell us what is so wrong about people keeping more of the money that they earned?

  • Boyd in Provo , 00
    April 10, 2018 11:51 a.m.

    @OneCougar

    "Maybe if he had used the money for what it was intended he wouldn't have lost."

    I believe you may have something here with your comment. Many of us felt that Romney did not show up to fight the complete battle in the presidential election of 2012. I'm still not sure who Romney is or what he truly stands for. Hopefully as the year progresses all of us here in Utah will receive better answers of the real Mitt Romney. And then we might feel more confident of who we cast our vote for.

  • AlanSutton Salt Lake City, UT
    April 10, 2018 11:21 a.m.

    Commenters wonder how Mr. Romney can use money from a presidential campaign to fund a senatorial campaign. Answer: federal election laws. They allow a candidate to use left-over campaign donations for any purpose, including personal use. This way, Mr. Romney doesn't have to go hat in hand to donors for money. That's a good sign.

  • Tumbleweed Centerville, UT
    April 10, 2018 10:21 a.m.

    Relax commenters. You don't see a Deep State warrantless night-time raid on Mitt's home, attorneys or his computers do you? I assure you if there were a "scintilla" of evidence that keeping the $1Mill is illegal, the left-handed-deep-state battering ram would have already been deployed before the sun came up this morning.

  • OneCougar FR, 00
    April 10, 2018 9:45 a.m.

    What in the world? Perhaps Deseret News could explain why Mitt was allowed to keep money donated for his presidential campaign and use it for a completely different purpose. Why isn't that fraud? How is it any different than collecting donations to rebuild Haiti or collecting funds for cancer research and then pocketing it or using it for some other unrelated purpose?

    Regrettably, I donated to his failed presidential run because I believed in him at the time. I did not and will not donate to his senate race, so why does he get to use my presidential donation for his senate race? If he didn't spend my money for the purpose of his presidential campaign like he said he would, I want my money back! Maybe if he had used the money for what it was intended he wouldn't have lost. I doubt I'll ever donate to another politician again as long as I live.

  • JBs Logan, UT
    April 10, 2018 9:34 a.m.

    When Mitt was speaking up about Mr. Trump's behavior, I found myself respecting him. Now I feel like it was a calculated move to win Utah voters' attention. This latest news has confirmed he's the same old Mitt as ever. I will find someone else to vote for.

  • dordrecht Salt Lake City, UT
    April 10, 2018 9:31 a.m.

    Since Romney won't know what to do with his money, he would do well to give his campaign chest to charity.

  • Utefan60 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 10, 2018 9:25 a.m.

    Romney can use the tax breaks that he received from the recent tax shift for the rich. Trump and the GOP gave themselves and their rich friends almost 2 trillion back in taxes taken from the treasury. One of the biggest tax frauds in our history.

    Mitt benefited in the millions. Use that money Mitt. The 47% of people who you claim don't pay taxes need to keep their money to pay for food, housing, not to mention the money you get back from that GOP tax fraud.

    More of the same for the GOP.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    April 10, 2018 9:23 a.m.

    Why does he have a million bucks left over from a campaign that took place over 5 years ago? Do his Presidential donor have an interest in his Senate aspirations? I wonder how he would do in an election without all the money. What about the issues or judging a candidate on merits? Would he convince voters that he is the best choice for the job? I don't know, but money does buy power and access.

  • Carnak Salt Lake City, UT
    April 10, 2018 9:19 a.m.

    Romney will win (and win by A LANDSLIDE) spending the same amount of money that I spend for a McDonalds' large diet coke.

    $ 1.08.

  • Fabled Soul Provo, UT
    April 10, 2018 9:02 a.m.

    I see all these comments from RINOs moaning about how Romney has gone “far right.” I’m a conservative but a) Romney has not gone “far right enough” and b) I know he will betray the conservatives once he’s elected. Relax RINOs. Once the election is over, Romney will vote as a Massachusetts liberal.

  • Fabled Soul Provo, UT
    April 10, 2018 8:58 a.m.

    Buying the nomination equals Utah values. Ha!

  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    April 10, 2018 8:53 a.m.

    This is another example of how American democracy is being eroded by big money. It should be one man one vote, but now it shakes out to be one dollar one vote, ten million dollars ten million votes, etc., etc. And why did Romney get to keep the money from his failed presidential race. He should have donated it back to taxpayers charity projects. Just plain old political greed.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    April 10, 2018 8:41 a.m.

    Sorry, but Mitt's made a puzzling and unnecessary shift to the far Right. He has an opportunity to stand up to the dangerous populist politics of Trump but has now decided to support him instead. We need Mitt as a conscience not a zombie.

    Mitt, you lost in 2012 because you said you couldn't stand up and 'be your own guy'...why are you doing this??

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    April 10, 2018 8:15 a.m.

    Why does Romney even need to spend a dime? He'll win in a landslide regardless of how much he spends. He must be trying to impress Trump.

  • quackquack Park City, UT
    April 10, 2018 7:50 a.m.

    Why is it we don't have a minimalist cap on political races ? why is it politicians need millions of dollars to be elected ? Doesn't this breed corruption and bribery ? All political races should be capped @ 100k and let the politicians character, morals and points of view win him or her the election.

  • coloradoblue Grand Junction, CO
    April 10, 2018 7:46 a.m.

    I hope Utah wakes up and see's Romney for the establishment professional politician he is. What an egomaniac!

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    April 10, 2018 7:28 a.m.

    Utah deserves better, but we have an unnatural habit of electing elitist politicians that ignore their constituents. Low info voters.

  • Mark from Montana Davis County, UT
    April 10, 2018 5:46 a.m.

    After reading some of Romney's positions and comments lately, I am thinking about finding someone else to support. I voted for Romney in 2012 but he has moved to the right, far to the right, in order to gain support from the Republican caucus. I will need to look at the third party people running.