WASHINGTON — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney raised almost $1.9 million during the first three months of the year as he laid the groundwork for an expected presidential run.
Aides to the Republican's political action committee said Thursday that the Free and Strong America organization also gave away more than $400,000 to Republican candidates and conservative organizations.
The money is separate from his expected presidential bid but is a sign the 2008 contender is planning a serious fundraising operation.
Romney's likely rivals aren't likely to immediately report their totals and some aren't required. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who has announced a presidential committee, spent much of the first three months of this year on a book tour and didn't emphasize fundraising for his political operations.