Money and Democracy

Published — February 24, 2012 Updated — May 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm ET

Restore Our Future raises funds in lap of luxury

Every visitor to the glamorous Beverly Hills Hotel on Sunset Boulevard is “pampered like a celebrity,” according to its website. It can be “a place to see and be seen, to catch glimpses of famous faces, or to revel in splendid luxury.” And ideally, for Romney’s supporters, those visitors will part with large sums of money. Since July, Restore Our Future has paid “The Pink Palace” $5,346 associated with fundraising events, according to FEC records. The Beverly Hills Hotel


They say it takes money to make money. And supporters of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s presidential bid have shelled out more than $20,000 to hold fundraising events for their super PAC at some pretty luxurious spots, according to an iWatch News analysis of campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

The pro-Romney super PAC called “Restore Our Future” has raised more than $36.8 million since its launch last year. That’s more than any other super PAC has collected so far this election cycle.

To aid this money chase, Restore Our Future has held fundraising events held at several elite locales, including New York’s Waldorf Astoria and the Beverly Hills Hotel in the acclaimed California ZIP code of 90210.

Restore Our Future was founded by — and is run by — several of Romney’s former aides, including Carl Forti, Romney’s 2008 political director; Larry McCarthy, a member of Romney’s 2008 media team; Steve Roche, Romney’s former finance director; and Charles Spies, Romney’s former chief financial officer and counsel, as iWatch News has detailed.

As a super PAC, Restore Our Future is allowed to accept unlimited contributions from individuals, corporations, trade associations, unions and other groups, so long as it doesn’t illegally coordinate with Romney’s campaign.

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