Mitt Romney super PAC spent $14 million in January

A super PAC that supports Mitt Romney spent around $14 million in advertising against his rivals in January said The New York Times, based on campaign reports filed by the Federal Election Commission on Monday.

The super PAC, called “Restore Our Future,” also raised around $7 million, bringing its assets at the beginning of February to $16 million.

Politico noted that the FEC report showed that a bulk of the fundraising, around $5 million, came from 25 six-figure donations from repeat donors. The super PAC received $500,000 from coal company executive Joseph W. Craft, Bruce Kovner and David Lisonbee, of Oklahoma, New York and Utah, respectively.

The Associated Press reported that Republican rivals Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum briefly surged in the polls last month, but remained well behind Romney in fundraising. Since then, support for Santorum has increased while Gingrich’s numbers have been eroding.

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President Barack Obama’s campaign announced on Friday that it has raised almost $30 million during January, through its campaign, the Democratic National Committee and other committees, said the AP.

Meanwhile, The Washington Post noted that all the money poured into advertising has made this primary season one of the most negative in recent memory. According to an ad-tracking firm, Kantar Media/CMAG, campaign advertising in the GOP primary four years ago, only 6 percent of the advertising was attack ads on fellow Republicans, a number that has shot up to 50 percent in this election cycle.

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