Any person who intends or is considering running for the presidency of the United States of America must register with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) by filing an FEC Form 1.

Created in 1974 by Congress as an amendment to the Federal Election Campaign Act, the FEC is an independent regulatory agency to regulate campaign finance legislation — “to disclose campaign finance information, to enforce the provisions of the law such as the limits and prohibitions on contributions, and to oversee the public funding of Presidential elections.”

The FEC’s website discloses that one month and 9 days ago on January 31, 2016, Mitt Romney and House Speaker Paul Ryan — the GOP’s 2012 nominees for president and vice-president, respectively — had filed precisely FEC Form 1, indicating their intention, once again, to run for the presidency.

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From the Federal Election Commission website:

FEC FORM 1

STATEMENT OF ORGANIZATION

FILING FEC-1047622


1. ROMNEY FOR PRESIDENT, INC.

C/O RED CURVE SOLUTIONS, LLC
138 CONANT STREET, 2ND FLOOR
BEVERLY, MA 01915

NOTE: Address is different than previously reported

Email: [email protected]

2. Date: 01/30/2016

  1. FEC Committee ID #: C00431171
    This committee is a Principal Campaign Committee.
    Candidate: MITT ROMNEY / PAUL D. RYAN
    Party: Republican Party
    Office Sought: President
    State is in District:

Affiliated Committees/Organizations

ROMNEY VICTORY, INC.
C/O RED CURVE SOLUTIONS, LLC
138 CONANT STREET, 2ND FLOOR
BEVERLY, Massachusetts 01915
Affiliated Relationship Code: Joint Fundraising Representative

Custodian of Records:

TIM JOST
C/O RED CURVE SOLUTIONS, LLC
138 CONANT STREET, 2ND FLOOR
BEVERLY, MA 01915
Title: Form 1 for
Phone # (617) 231-4350

Treasurer:

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DARRELL CRATE
C/O RED CURVE SOLUTIONS, LLC
138 CONANT STREET, 2ND FLOOR
BEVERLY, Massachusetts 01915
Title: TREASURER
Phone # (617) 231-4350

Designated Agent(s):

TIM JOST
C/O RED CURVE SOLUTIONS, LLC
138 CONANT STREET, 2ND FLOOR
BEVERLY, Massachusetts 01915
Title: ASST. TREAS.
Phone # (617) 231-4350

Banks or Depositories

BANK OF GEORGETOWN
1054 31st STREET NW
SUITE 18
WASHINGTON, DC 20007

CHAIN BRIDGE BANK
1445-A LAUGHLIN AVENUE

MCLEAN, Virginia 22101

Signed: DARRELL CRATE
Date Signed: 02/01/2016

(End FEC FORM 1)

Generated Thu Mar 3 21:32:42 2016

~End~

Some of you may recall that in early January, there was news that Romney was weighing a White House run.

As Politico reported, at a private meeting in New York on Jan. 8, 2016, Mitt Romney told a group of about 30 former donors that he is considering running for president, a major turnaround for because just a year ago he had categorically ruled out a 2016 run. According to one source, Romney said, “Everybody in here can go tell your friends that I’m considering a run.” At the time, Romney was prompted by his concerns about Jeb Bush’s candidacy.

23 days after his meeting with his longtime supporters, Romney filed Form 1 with the Federal Election Commission.

Now that Bush has dropped out of the race, Romney switched his concerns to Donald Trump.

A month after he had filed FEC Form 1, Romney and Ryan (joined by 2008 Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain) publicly attacked Trump, calling him unfit for office and a danger for the nation and the Republican Party. (See “Why are they so afraid of Donald Trump?”)

That’s all we need: yet another candidate to further divide and split the GOP field.

H/t FOTM‘s Glenn47

~Eowyn

Dr. Eowyn’s post first appeared at Fellowship of the Minds.