Romney’s Nascar `Great Friends’ Come Through

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Mitt Romney, and his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, arrive at a campaign event at the NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville, N.C., on Aug. 12, 2012.

Nascar officials and owners of some of the association’s racing teams contributed more than $330,000 from  July 1 to Sept. 30 to the joint fundraising committee for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and the Republican National Committee.

That puts them in the same rarified air among sources of contributions to the committee with employees of financial firms such as Goldman Sachs Group and JPMorgan Chase & Co., according to a Bloomberg News computer-assisted analysis of Federal Election Commission data.

In February, as he vied for his party’s presidential nomination, Romney remarked that “some great friends” of his were Nascar team owners. At the time, the widely reported comment was one of several that analysts said could hurt him politically by calling attention to his wealth.

Romney not only overcame those gaffes, it turns out he was right about those friends.

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