WASHINGTON – Mitt Romney's campaign and a super PAC backing him have received more than $15 million from oil, coal and other energy interests, many of which would benefit from the energy plan Romney unveiled Thursday.
At least 35 people who "bundle" donations for the Romney campaign are from the same industries, a USA TODAY analysis shows. The amount of money they raised for the campaign is unknown, because the Romney campaign does not release its bundlers or the amounts they raised. President Obama and the past two Republican presidential candidates released data on their major bundlers.
In one week this month, Romney raised about $10 million from energy interests in fundraisers in Houston and Little Rock. Wow.
MITT ROMNEY: We have 250 years of coal. Why in the heck wouldn't we use it?
HORSLEY: Romney was speaking at a Beallsville, Ohio, coal mine owned by Murray Energy, a company with a history of flouting government regulations. A Murray subsidiary was fined half-a-million dollars after the deadly, 2007 collapse of a Utah mine that killed nine people.CEO Bob Murray blames regulatory moves by the Obama administration, for the closure of an Ohio mine this year - a criticism that Romney picked up yesterday.
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