As noted before, Mitt Romney has discovered that Republicans don't understand the finer points of tithing and so he is dipping into his private stash to keep up the illusion, much like sending himself flowers at work, that he is desirable:
When former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney closes the books on his latest campaign finance report today, it will reveal a slow but steady shift from a candidacy built on thousands of individual donations to one relying increasingly on his own personal fortune.
Top Romney advisers said last week that they expected his campaign to raise almost $40 million in the first nine of months this year. And though they have not released a firm figure, they expected that Romney will have supplemented those contributions with nearly $15 million of his own money.
Kevin Madden, a campaign spokesman, said Romney's top advisers carefully weighed the political implications of turning to the candidate's own money for help. What they determined, he said, was that the investments the campaign was making in early television ads were yielding a return, and that the campaign appeared to be blossoming.
"In order to maintain the campaign's growth, we needed to have the resources," Madden said. "The decision was to match that growth with his own personal contribution, so this campaign would not be short of resources, so we would remain competitive and grow into a national organization."
And so that Kevin Madden can continue to draw a RomneyBucks check and not have to go back to his old job, issuing daily press releases explaining that it is pronounced "John Bay-ner" and not "John Bo-ner" which tends to draw the attention of the wrong kind of people. And by "wrong kind of people" we mean Republican Senators.