WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney no longer is a presidential candidate, but Utahns still are tossing money his way - even after forking over more than $5.5 million for his failed White House bid.
Utah is the second largest state for individual donations to Romney's Free and Strong America political-action committee, with Utahns kicking in about $243,000 to the former Massachusetts governor who dropped out of the presidential race in February.
Only Bay State residents gave more with more than $270,000 in donations, Federal Election Commission filings show.
Utah has been one of Romney's best cash cows. The Beehive State backed the head of Salt Lake City's 2002 Winter Olympics to the tune of some $5.5 million when he was seeking the Oval Office, second only to California, which sent $8 million Romney's way.
Romney has amassed nearly $2 million overall with the PAC, which he has used to pay for staff, to spread cash to Republican candidates (including Jason Chaffetz in Utah's 3rd Congressional District) and to pay for travel to events around the country.
- Thomas Burr