Mr. Santorum, who for months has been introducing himself to voters in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, filed papers with the Internal Revenue Service that permit him to solicit contributors. He is the fourth potential Republican candidate to start raising money for a presidential bid.
“The test for me is whether we can raise the money that’s necessary, so I’m going to set up a committee,” Mr. Santorum said. “We’re going to determine over the next few weeks as to whether the resources are going to be there to do it.”
Mr. Santorum has been aggressively reaching out to social conservatives in early voting states. He received an initial showing of support by winning a straw poll last week at a Republican convention in Greenville County, the largest county in South Carolina.
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