So much for the humble grandfather story working in Santorum’s behalf.
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, whose humble coal-country biography is central to his political message, made more than $3.6 million in recent years as a Washington consultant and claimed a German luxury sedan as a business expense, according to tax returns released by his campaign.
Santorum’s growing wealth after leaving Congress could complicate his attempt to focus on his history as the grandson of a hardscrabble coal miner, particularly as the GOP nomination race narrows to a contest between him and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, a former private-equity manager.
Santorum has sought to play down the money he made as a Washington consultant-for-hire after his time in the Senate, focusing instead on his working-class background and socially conservative beliefs. The strategy helped produce a spate of primary victories and a rapid rise in the polls, leaving him as the main rival to Romney in Michigan and other upcoming contests.