The New York Times‘ David Kirkpatrick reports on Mitt Romney’s donations to conservative organizations, many of which have been notably friendly toward him lately. But of course, those donations didn’t buy any influence. Rich Lowry even points to a timely pro-McCain cover story in National Review to illustrate the point.
The recipients of Mr. Romney’s donations said the money had no influence on them. But some of the groups, notably Citizens for Life and the Family Institute, have turned supportive of Mr. Romney after criticizing him in the past.
Coming on the eve of his presidential campaign, Mr. Romney’s contributions could create the appearance of a conflict of interest for groups often asked to evaluate him. All the groups said he had never contributed before, and his foundation’s public tax filings show no previous gifts to similar groups. Its 2006 contributions will become public with its tax filings later this year.