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Randall Jeppesen, KSL NewsradioPresidential candidate Mitt Romney will be in Salt Lake tomorrow holding another fundraiser, but Romney has also been pumping his own cash into his campaign: over $9 million.
He told reporters yesterday that was because he wants to stay away from donations from special interest groups. Kelly Patterson, BYU political science professor, says, "Part of that statement, I think, is accurate. He doesn't need to go to these political action committees to seek contributions." Patterson says most of the top tier candidates only receive a small portion of their money from interest groups.
So does that mean you have to be rich to win? Patterson says being rich does give Romney an advantage that he can put money into his campaign quickly when needed, but he expects Romney will visit Utah several more times to raise cash. Utahns have donated more than $4 million to his campaign so far this year.
Patterson points out that this election is shattering previous records for the amount of money raised this early in a presidential campaigns.
Romney will join Vice President Dick Cheney in speaking to the Council for National Policy.