Not surprising. PACs like these are funded strictly by a handful of narrow special interest. And apparently Facebook wasn’t interested.
Carlos Gutierrez, the former Bush Commerce Secretary, and Charlie Spies, the co-founder of Restore Our Future, which was the biggest pro-Romney super PAC, formed the Republicans For Immigration Reform super PAC “to provide political support for Republican candidates” backing comprehensive immigration reform.
According to its Federal Election Commission report, which was filed on April 15 and covers the period from January 1, 2014 to March 31, 2014, the group raised no money during the first quarter of this year. It had just over $11,000 cash on hand at the beginning of the quarter and now has just under $1,700 on hand after spending $9,875 last quarter. The group also has no debts.
As Breitbart News has reported, Gutierrez, who has said that English should not be the official language of government, said the group formed to “provide some intellectual cover to Republicans so that they can move forward without being politically hindered” in pursuing immigration reform and amnesty.
The super PAC believes that “all undocumented immigrants should be given a path towards legality.”
There’s a huge split between the GOP establishment and ordinary Republicans and moments like these are very revealing. Despite all the noise, no one in the rank and file even bothered to contributed despite a splashy website.
R4IR’s Facebook page hasn’t been updated since January. One of its last updates featured Michael Bloomberg.
Admitting his candidate said a lot of things that were seen as anti-Latino, Gutierrez said he didn’t know if Romney “understood that he was saying something that was insulting.”
He added: “Perhaps it’s just a lack of knowledge, a lack of intimacy with the community, but it bothers me when I hear someone use the term ‘illegal alien.’ I understand it’s a legal term, but when a Latino hears that it is just, they cringe at that.”
Gutierrez, the former secretary of commerce, said he was “shocked” by Romney’s comments.
“I think we lost the election because the far right of this party has taken the party to a place that it doesn’t belong,” he said.
Shockingly the donors didn’t flock. But let me just speculate here that Romney’s failures in the Latino community had something to do with Carlos Gutierrez and that the R4IR Pac was an attempt to prevent that failure from sticking to him.