The Republican National Committee and the Romney 2012 campaign have opened a joint fundraising account called Romney Victory, Incorporated.
While Ron Paul works to collect commitments from state delegates to the Republican Nominating Convention, “presumptive nominee” Mitt Romney is collecting money, with a lot of help from his friends in the Republican National Committee (RNC).
Notwithstanding the fact that RNC Chairman Reince Priebus may have violated Republican Party Rule 11 when he dubbed Romney with the “presumptive nominee” designation, he has gone one step further and declared: "It's beyond an endorsement. It is a complete merger wherein the RNC is putting all of its resources and energy behind Mitt Romney to be the next president of the United States."
Preibus’s endorsement may have been prompted by the prospect of a brokered convention. He and his RNC cohorts may have been scared just enough by the events at the nominating conventions in Nevada and Maine that they are now committed to doing all that the rules allow (and some things they don’t, see below) to assure that the man they’ve tapped as the GOP’s presidential candidate is the next occupant of the White House.
And, truth be told, while Ron Paul excels at firing up his supporters and drawing standing-room-only crowds to his events, Mitt Romney is just as adept at making money. In his campaign for the presidency that includes playing fast and loose with the regulations governing the raising of campaign funds.
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