The Romney Victory, Inc., is a "low profile wing of Mitt Romney's campaign," and, according to an NPR report, has a staggering $236 million, gathered over the past several months. Somehow it has managed to skirt the normal rules governing the various forms of campaign funds.
The Victory Fund is mainly for big donors, so Romney does especially well in that fundraising while President Obama thrives on small donors. An NPR analysis shows that Romney Victory has raised a $120 million more than the Obama Victory Fund over the five months of the general election campaign. Despite that, the Obama campaign committee has had a $50 million advantage over Romney for President.
That's important because the candidate committee money is worth more. For instance, it can buy TV time at lower rates. But Romney Victory is deploying some of its millions in a new way for presidential campaigns. It has sent $8 million payments to four states that are not in the heat of the contest. Oklahoma is about as Republican as states get, but GOP leaders there set up a committee just in time to take the Romney Victory Funds. ...NPR
It may not seem very clever to send money to a state that doesn't need it. But look at what it means. Oklahoma then parcels the money out to states where Romney needs it. This avoids rules that would otherwise put limits on the use of that money. As Paul Blumenthal explained back in July, it gives Romney "a quick detour around individual campaign contribution limits and allow for the possibility that one donor could provide, at most, five times the legal limit to a party committee in a battleground state."
And it puts the Romney campaign into a legal "grey area," according to a lawyer for the McCain campaign. According to Open Secrets, the McCain campaign did the same thing in 2008. It's a Republican thing. If your ideology includes cheating, that makes cheating okay, right?