- - Tuesday, March 27, 2012

CAMPAIGN

Romney’s fundraisers quietly amass millions

The campaign of Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney doesn’t follow the practice of other major presidential candidates who have willingly identified their big-money fundraisers and the amounts they collect.

But a review by the Associated Press of campaign records and other documents reveals hints about the vast national network of business leaders bringing in millions to elect Mr. Romney.

One example is the billionaire owner of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, Stephen Ross. Federal records show that Mr. Romney’s campaign received $317,000 from nearly 150 people who share Ross‘ exclusive ZIP code on Florida’s east coast. The same month, Mr. Ross invited friends and colleagues to his Palm Beach-area home for a Romney fundraiser.

The lack of transparency by the Romney campaign prevents voters from knowing who wields influence inside his campaign.

CAMPAIGN

Gingrich says his camp must keep tight budget

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says his campaign will have to stay on a tight budget to make it to the convention.

Mr. Gingrich says he has enough to keep going, but his campaign must stay on “a fairly tight budget” to reach the Republican convention in Tampa, Fla.

Mr. Gingrich was campaigning Tuesday in Annapolis. He is criticizing Gov. Martin O’Malley’s proposal to raise taxes on gasoline.

Maryland’s primary, with 37 delegates at stake is set for Tuesday. Rep. Ron Paul is scheduled to be at the University of Maryland in College Park on Wednesday. Mitt Romney was in Arbutus last week.

OHIO

Federal court rejects ‘Joe the Plumber’ suit

CINCINNATI — Federal judges in Cincinnati have rejected a lawsuit by “Joe the Plumber” claiming his rights were violated by a state records search after he voiced public concern over taxes to then-candidate Barack Obama.

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