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Thursday, January 04, 2007
Romney announces finance co-chairs
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The day after he filed papers to form a presidential exploratory committee, former Massachusetts GOP Governor Mitt Romney touted a list of nine "outstanding leaders" who will serve as the committee's finance co-chairmen.

Meg Whitman, president and CEO of eBay, and Mel Sembler, chairman of the board of the Board of the Sembler Company and former ambassador to Italy, Australia, and Nauru are among the notable names on the list. Six of the nine members were powerful fundraisers for the Bush/Cheney campaign in 2004.

"I am proud to have the support of these outstanding leaders," Romney said in a statement Thursday. "Together, they represent some of the best of America's entrepreneurial innovation and civic engagement."

The other seven members include:

-Christopher Collins, Managing Member of First Atlantic Capital, LLC
-Mark Guzzetta, President of Gemstone Development,
-Jon Huntsman Sr., Chairman of the Huntsman Corporation
-John Miller, Founding Member of National Beef Packing Company, LLC
-John Rakolta, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Walbridge Aldinger
-Tom Tellefsen, President of Tellefsen Investments
-Ted Welch, Owner of Ted Welch Investments

-- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
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