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 Fund 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