Romney Earns Most Endorsements From Former CEOs With $100 Million-Plus Golden Parachutes

Yesterday, Mother Jones identified 21 former CEOs who received more than $100 million in severance packages when they left their posts.

A ThinkProgress analysis of federal campaign finance records reveals that of the 21-person list, only four have been disclosed as donors to 2012 presidential candidates.

Mitt Romney garnered the most endorsements. At least three of those donors have given the legal maximum — $2,500 — to the Mitt Romney 2012 presidential campaign. They were former CVS Caremark Corporation CEO Thomas M. Ryan, former U.S. Bancorp CEO Jerry A. Grundhofer, and former eBay CEO (and unsuccessful 2010 California gubernatorial candidate) Margaret C. “Meg” Whitman.

The only other recipient was former candidate Tim Pawlenty. Ex-Target Corporation CEO Robert J. Ulrich gave $2,500 to Pawlenty’s presidential campaign committee. Pawlenty dropped out of the race and endorsed Romney last September.


Additionally, former General Electric CEO John F. “Jack” Welch Jr. has publicly backed Romney, though he has not yet been disclosed as a Romney donor.

To date, Barack Obama 2012 re-election campaign filings have not listed any of these former CEOs as donors.