By Nicholas Confessore, Peter Lattman and Kevin Rouse, New York Times, Jan. 27/28, 2011
When Bain Capital sought to raise money in 1989 for a fast-growing office-supply company named Staples, Mitt Romney, Bain’s founder, called upon a trusted business partner: Goldman Sachs, whose bankers led the company’s initial public offering. When Mr. Romney became governor of Massachusetts, his blind trust gave Goldman much of his wealth to manage, a fortune now estimated to be as much as $250 million. And as Mr. Romney mounts his second bid for the presidency, Goldman is coming through again: Its employees have contributed at least $367,000 to his campaign, making the firm Mr. Romney’s largest single source of campaign money through the end of September.
No other company is so closely intertwined with Mr. Romney’s public and private lives except Bain itself [....]
Gingrich Predicts ‘Wild and Woolly’ Campaign
By Katharine Q. Seelye, New York Times, Jan. 28/29, 2012
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Despite recent setbacks, Newt Gingrich pledged on Saturday to stay in the nominating fight until the end, vowing to a group in central Florida, “We’re going to the convention.” Mr. Gingrich made the remarks in Brooksville as he has faced a torrent of criticism from establishment Republicans and a recent decline in the polls [....]
These attacks have prompted Sarah Palin, among others, to rush to Mr. Gingrich’s defense [....] Ms. Palin also excoriated conservative writers who have denigrated Mr. Gingrich, including George Will and Peggy Noonan, who called Mr. Gingrich an “angry little attack muffin.” Ms. Palin’s comments followed those of the conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh [....]