MANCHESTER, N.H. – Mitt and Ann Romney have given a combined $150,000 from their personal fortune to aide the candidate’s bid for the White House.
This is the first time the candidate or his wife has contributed monetarily to their 2012 campaign.
“If Mitt Romney’s asking donors to contribute the maximum, then the least he and Ann can do is make the same contribution,” a senior adviser to Romney told ABC News.
Both the candidate and his wife gave $75,000 – the maximum amount allowed under Federal Election Commission guidelines – to the Romney Victory Fund, the joint fundraising account formed by the Romney campaign and the Republican National Committee.
The contributions were first reported by CNN.
Up until this point, the Romneys had not donated to the campaign. Romney is said to be worth approximately $230 million, according to Forbes. During his 2008 presidential campaign, Romney reported giving more than $44 million to his campaign. That’s about $9 of his own money for each vote he got.
The Romney campaign announced earlier this week that it has raised, in a joint effort with the RNC, $40.1 million in the month of April.