New Hampshire Congressman Charlie Bass has been one of the most successful lawmakers in Congress at leveraging his influence in the presidential race for campaign fundraising.
Prior to his endorsement of Mitt Romney last month, Bass raised $10,000 from Romney and $20,000 from Newt Gingrich. The Center for Responsive Politics reports that of the 223 lawmakers who have received donations from one of the two front-runners, only Missouri Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson raised more.
Making his $10,000 bet with Rick Perry seem small potatoes, Romney has donated a total of $743,263 to 211 current members of Congress. The 51 lawmakers who have endorsed him received $163,620. That’s a better record than Gingrich, who has donated $260,560 to 42 current members of Congress without receiving a single endorsement.
If you’re wondering why Congressman Frank Guinta has yet to endorse a presidential candidate this year, maybe he’s waiting for someone to pony up. Guinta has received just $3,500 from Romney and nary a red cent from Gingrich.