In Massachusetts, where Mr. Romney was governor for four years, donations fell 69 percent, dropping to $728,742 from $2.3 million in the previous reporting period. In Utah, where he was chief executive of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, his collections were off by 58 percent, decreasing to $1.2 million from $2.8 million, according to figures released yesterday.Now that's just not true. Romney has not tapped out the network of rich Mormons in this state. We personally know several rich Mormons who have not forked over the max yet, and some who haven't donated to him at all! (Names available upon request.) Don't give up, Mitt! This well ain't dry yet. A few suggestions:
The drops in those states would seem to suggest that Mr. Romney has tapped out the network of rich Mormons and wealthy financiers that drove him to lead other Republican candidates in the first reporting cycle, which ended in March.
Why do we care, you might ask? Because this development is a major setback in our goal to have 2008 be the first presidential election in which Utah tops all 50 states in per capita donations. So what if they're all to the same candidate? Wouldn't that be neat--national publicity for once that didn't involve multiple wives or Orem's lawn squad?
Don't write Utah off yet, Mitt. Come back soon; you won't leave empty handed.