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SBD/Issue 191/Law & Politics
Romney's '02 Olympics Ties Help Raise $1.5M In Campaign Funding
Published June 28, 2007
|Romney's Ties To '02 Olympics
Help Campaign Fundraising
KEEP YOUR FRIENDS CLOSE: Romney said that soliciting campaign contributions from friends and colleagues “is a common and legitimate practice.” Hohler reports 14 of the 53 SLOC Board of Trustees members made contributions to Romney, who also received donations from people “associated with companies ... that sponsored or did business" with SLOC. However, no one is alleging "quid pro quo between Romney’s support for larger severance packages and his campaign’s solicitation of the recipients for contributions soon after the Games,” nor are people citing “impropriety in Romney seeking campaign funds from Olympic trustees, sponsors, donors and contractors.” Romney said, “We solicited everybody for political contributions.” Former SLOC Chair Robert Garff said, “In politics, you raise money from people you know” (BOSTON.com, 6/28).
OLYMPIC SUCCESS: In a separate piece, Hohler writes Romney’s success with SLOC “cemented [his] reputation as a ‘turnaround artist.’” Romney ran the Olympics “with a strong hand, personally lobbying business leaders ... to maintain their Olympic contributions and helping bring new financial backers on board.” He also managed to “remove the stink of scandal and replace it with the glow of success” (BOSTON.com, 6/28).