Fresh off outraising every potential GOP White House contender last year, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is heaping money on Republicans in the House and Senate.
Romney's Free and Strong America PAC donated nearly $130K to Republicans on Thursday, including donations to four GOP senators who are up for reelection in 2012 and another 10 whose seats aren't up until 2016.
Romney's largest donation Thursday — $10,000 — went to Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.). He also gave $5,000 each to Sens. Bob Corker (Tenn.), John Barrasso (Wy.) and Jon Kyl (Ariz.).
Among the others Romney's PAC donated to are Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). Neither senator faces reelection until 2016, but both hail from key early primary states.
The PAC also donated $2,000 each to an additional 37 House Republicans.
For Romney, the donations are both a continuation of his pattern during the 2010 election cycle and an early reminder to potential White House hopefuls of his hefty bank account.
A review of his committee's FEC filings show that during 2010, Romney donated to the campaigns of more than 70 Republican congressional candidates, giving to the overwhelming majority of those who make up the new freshman class in the House.
Romney raised a total of $6.3 million between his federal and state-based political action committees in 2010, ending the year with $1.4 million in cash on hand. It was easily the largest total of any rumored hopeful.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's PAC, in comparison, raised $3.5 million during 2010, ending the year with $1.3 million in cash on hand.