Report: Romney fund-raising focuses on old strongholds, including Idaho

Mitt Romney's fund-raising base has changed little since his 2008 presidential bid — and Idaho again figures prominently in the mix.

Idahoans have contributed $214,625 to the Republican Romney's campaign through June, translating to $13,691 per 100,000 residents, according to a University of Minnesota analysis.

This places Idaho's No. 5 in contributions per 100,000 residents, trailing Utah, Connecticut, the District of Columbia and Massachusetts, where Romney served as governor.

The same four states and the District of Columbia comprised Romney's top 5 list in 2008. Idaho came in No. 4, with $43,100 in contributions per 100,000 residents.

Here's a link to the University of Minnesota blog post.

Romney's political strength in Idaho and Utah comes as little surprise; Romney, a member of the Mormon Church, also managed the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.

In Idaho, Romney has attempted to rebuild the support base he enjoyed in 2008. He has held several fundraisers in Idaho, including a private breakfast in Boise in June. His Idaho steering committee reads like a who's who of much of the state's political leadership. It includes Gov. Butch Otter, Sen. Jim Risch, Rep. Mike Simpson, Lt. Gov. Brad Little, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and state schools superintendent Tom Luna.

Two prominent names not in the fold are senior Sen. Mike Crapo and Rep. Raul Labrador, both members of the Mormon Church. Crapo and Labrador have not yet endorsed a presidential candidate.

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I am surprised.

Usually Idaho's GOP sheeples don't go for such a moderate.
Flip-flopper, yes.
Moderate, no.

I wonder when he'll actually talk to us voters

if we don't have a checkbook in hand.