1. MONEYBAGS

    Rich Patrons Fuel Romney Campaign

    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, sings "America the Beautiful" as he campaigns at Lake Sumter Landing, The Villages, Fla., Monday, Jan. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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    Federal election filings released Wednesday show that more than 60 corporations and wealthy individuals gave checks of more than $100,000 to Mitt Romney’s super PAC, Restore Our Future, which took in about $18 million in the second half of 2011. The haul underwrote Romney’s multimillion-dollar advertising blitz that has buried his rivals in early primary states. Most of the donors are from the finance industry, including Goldman Sachs executives and hedge-fund managers. Texas construction magnate Harlan Crowe gave $300,000, and the Koch brothers gave $1 million. Without giving through the super PAC, each of the donors would legally be allowed to contribute only $2,500 to the campaign.

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