Mitt Romney's Biggest Donors? Bain Capital
Bain-related donors have given more than $2.7M over the years
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2012 8:01 AM CST
Mitt Romney laughs as Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., tells jokes in Hilton Head, S.C., Friday.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – When Mitt Romney ran Bain Capital, his leadership made billions of dollars for the investment firm. And Bain Capital's associates have supported Romney's political ambitions in turn, giving nearly $3 million to his state and national campaigns—a sum that easily makes them Romney's largest group of donors, reports Politico. Bain Capital executives and family members have given $2.7 million over the years to Romney campaigns or supporting PACs, according to a report by the Sunlight Foundation.

Other big donors to Romney include the Marriott family and their employees at $1.27 million; Steven J. Lund Jr. and Nu Skin Enterprises, $1.17 million; hedge fund Paulson & Co., more than $1 million; and Goldman Sachs employees, $899,000. Romney's Bain history has been a big topic on the trail of late, though Newt Gingrich yesterday backed away from a long documentary-style ad put out by a pro-Gingrich super PAC.