Twenty of the 23 individual donors giving $100,000 or more in January to the Mitt Romney-aligned super PAC also donated to Romney’s campaign committee in 2011, essentially evading federal contribution limits to support the candidate of their choice.
All but one of these donors gave the maximum $2,500 amount to help Romney’s primary election fight, according to Public Campaign Action Fund analysis of data provided by the Center for Responsive Politics and Federal Election Commission (FEC). An individual can give $2,500 to a candidate's campaign for the primary election and $2,500 to the general.
Combined, these twenty donors have provided $3,873,543 in contributions to the Romney campaign committee and Restore Our Future super PAC. Donors include financial industry executives, famous names like the Walton’s and Marriott’s, and Arch Coal executive Joseph Craft who donated $500,000, essentially 100 times the maximum allowed contribution of $5,000 to a candidate.
The table below lists these 20 individuals, the contributions they've given, and their occupation and employer that was provided in the FEC filing.
Restore Our Future received two additional donations of $100,000 in January, both from corporate entities. Corporations cannot make direct contributions to candidate committees.