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You don't know Mitt

A handy cheat sheet to help you get to know the Republican nominee

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Evan Meyer

In addition to being worth anywhere from $85 to $264 million, according to tax documents filed with the Federal Elections Commission, the Romneys report that they own between $500,000 and $1 million worth of gold and horses.

Romney knows how to keep his money safe! Over the years, the Los Angeles Times has reported, he's stashed millions of it safely away in shell companies in Bermuda, funds in the Cayman Islands and Swiss bank accounts.

He's a man's man: 69.4 percent of Romney's campaign contributions have come from men, who've given $50,253,149 so far; women, by comparison, have contributed $22,169,048 to his campaign.

$75,380,575: Amount Romney's campaign has raised as of Feb. 29, 2012 (source: Federal Elections Commission).

$516,351: Amount raised in money from Political Action Committees as of Feb. 29, 2012.

$43,220,600: Amount super PAC Restore Our Future has raised to propel Romney's campaign forward as of Feb. 29, 2012. (Super PACs can't raise money directly for a campaign, they raise money for their own cause … and in Restore Our Future's case that cause is getting Mitt Romney elected.)

$6,652,859: Amount raised from individual Florida donors as of Feb. 29, 2012.

Florida zip code from which Romney has received the most donations: 33480, Palm Beach, for the win, contributing $605,196 to his campaign so far.

$80,455: Amount raised from individual donors in Orlando.

$70,275: Amount raised from individual donors in Winter Park.

$100,000: Amount Romney spent in state funds to purge computers at the end of his term in office as governor of Massachusetts in 2007, in an attempt to keep his records secret (source: Reuters).

Note for our online readers: Campaign-finance, committee and PAC data is always changing and being updated. For the most current information available on a candidate or committee, visit the Federal Election Commission website.


“Epically awkward” - That's the phrase Frank Rich uses to describe Richard Nixon, and he points out in his story that it also applies to Romney, whose robotic attempts to connect with humans has often put him in awkward positions. In December 2011, the New York Times - not known to be particularly snarky in its reporting - wrote a “guide to Mr. Romney's habits and quirks on the campaign trail,” which detailed his tendency to congratulate people for no apparent reason, make comments reminiscent of those your out-of-touch grandpa might make while trying to make small talk (“We stayed in the Courtyard hotel last night,” the Times reported that he he told a woman at a diner. “It's a LEED-certified hotel.”) and his penchant for trying to incorrectly guess people's ages, relationships and ethnicities (“Are you a French Canadian?” is a favorite, according to the Times.)

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