Gave How Much $$ to Obama?
What's up with this? The Boston-based lawyer R. Bradford Malt, chairman of the powerhouse law firm Ropes & Gray who serves as the trustee of Mitt Romney enormous fortune, donated $2,300 to Barack Obama's campaign during the last presidential election.
According to Federal Election Commission records Malt contributed that amount in 2007 to Obama. It's worth noting that Malt donated the same amount that year to Romney.
I can easily understand Malt writing a check out to Sen. John Kerry's presidential campaign in 2003, because they're from the same state and may know each other, but why would give even a dime to Obama four years later? My attempts via email and telephone to get an answer from Malt didn't produce a response.
Very curious that someone this close to Romney would have made a donation to any Democrat in the 2008 election, wouldn't you agree?
[UPDATE: Moments after I published this post, Malt sent this note:
From: Malt, R. Bradford
Sent: Wed, Jul 18, 2012 2:06 pm
At the request of a close friend, I did donate to the Obama campaign in the early days of the primaries in 2007. I want my money back!]
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