Gingrich Has Been Busy Raising Money for Candidates

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Newt Gingrich gets around. Around the country, around the political scene, and, significantly, around the fundraising circuit.

Gingrich will soon announce the formation of a presidential exploratory committee, and he plans to announce in March whether he will follow through with a run for president. If he does so, he isn't expected to have too much trouble raising money for his campaign.

In the 2010 election cycle, Gingrich busied himself raising a total of $336,945 for candidates around the country.

That's significant, but not as much as some other 2012 contenders. Sarah Palin, for instance, donated $509,000 to federal candidates in 2009 and 2010 through her PAC. Mitt Romney donated $830,306 through his.

Here's a list of Gingrich's fundraising activity, done in 2009 and 2010 through his American Solutions PAC, provided by a spokesman. 10 of the 27 candidates won and are now serving in the House; Gingrich backed three winning Senate candidates--Scott Brown (Mass.), Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), and Ron Johnson (Wisc.). Only two of the 14 losing candidates, Brad Zaun and Linda Upmeyer, appear to be serving in lower elected office--both as members of the Iowa state Senate.

Direct Donations from American Solutions PAC:

Brad Zaun             $1,000
Charles Djou          $1,000
Jesse Kelley          $2,500
Mick Mulvaney         $1,000
Princilla Smith       $1,000
Rick Tubbs            $1,000
Scott Brown           $1,000
Tim Burns             $1,000
Tim Scott             $1,000
Nikki Haley           $3,500
Linda Upmeyer         $5,000
House Majority      $100,000
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Brenna Findley        $2,500

Combined Small-Dollar Donations Raised for Candidates:

Allen West           $16,669
Austin Scott         $10,221
Ben Lange            $11,019
Brad Zuan            $11,136
Dino Rossi           $23,489
Jesse Kelly          $12,071
Jon Barela            $7,318
Kelly Ayotte         $17,945
Kristi Noem           $9,434
Mariannette          $11,104
  Miller-Meeks
Mike Keown            $6,823
Randy Demmer         $11,984
Ron Johnson          $18,134
Sean Duffy            $7,683
Steve Palazzo         $7,108
Todd Young            $7,458
Van Tran             $13,508
Mick Mulvaney        $12,301
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Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

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