Romney campaign gathering donors for retreat
June 21st, 2012
06:04 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney campaign gathering donors for retreat

Orlando, Florida (CNN) - Mitt Romney's campaign is gathering its major donors and bundlers for a three-day Utah retreat where supporters with deep pockets can rub elbows with the candidate, his wife and major supporters.

The event, which is being held in Park City, Utah, begins Friday and will feature a dinner speech by Romney, according to an invitation obtained by CNN.

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The weekend will include policy seminars and speeches by party heavyweights including Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, the governor's spokesman confirmed.

Several of Romney's potential vice presidential picks - including Sen. Rob Portman, and, according to other reports, Rep. Paul Ryan and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal - are speaking at various events during the weekend.

Sen. Marco Rubio was invited, but he told reporters Thursday he declined because he wanted to spend time with his family.

Republican strategist Karl Rove will be speaking on one panel during the retreat, according to one source familiar with the event.

Invited donors have all contributed at least $50,000 to the Republican effort.

"It is an opportunity to interact with the candidate and his advisers front line and behind the scenes," one donor who is attending told CNN. He requested anonymity because the event is supposed to be private.

"It is a great opportunity on a personal level," he said. "No one is involved in the campaign who isn't going."

One key part of the weekend will be to push the campaign's major backers to re-double their efforts and continue to build on the nominee's fund-raising prowess. Romney and a Republican Party committee working with his campaign out-raised the Obama re-election effort in May.

"Anytime you do something of this type you are asked to do more," said the donor.

He said he believes this type of major get together that combines social events and policy briefings for the donors is unprecedented.

"I have never heard of this before," he said.

Donors point to the Utah weekend as an example of Romney's personal engagement with them and his willingness to court them. They recount how he has joined them conference calls and hosted social events for them.

"He is good on a social level-that is why it is so shocking when people write he isn't personable. He is one of the warmest, most personable people I know," one donor told CNN.

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Filed under: 2012 • Fundraising • Mitt Romney • Utah
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. mario

    Romey getting all his RICH friends together for a top 1% party will help Obama. More and more he showing Americans that he is only in it for the rich. Romey has NOT been employed since 2007 and has lived off his millions of dollars. Alot has changed 5 years and he is not qualified to be President.

    June 21, 2012 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  2. hkwisi

    50,000 per individual? That's 3 times the annual income for a person like me,but the good news is that my vote and the $50,000 contributor have same weight, same all 1% vs 99%

    June 21, 2012 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  3. julien vergara

    I agreed, romney is a nice person

    June 22, 2012 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  4. Are you kidding me?

    How about this man spend 1 day in a non-affluent neighborhood? How about he spend 1 day will some people of color?

    Talk about out of touch.

    June 22, 2012 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  5. georgewashington

    Naturally the event is being held in Mormon Utah.

    June 22, 2012 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  6. Dave in Arizona

    Ah, more rich people taking others' money (campaign contributors) and going on some expensive retreat. And we're suppose to believe Romney is different than all those corrupt corporate executives we all despise for going on trips with our bailout money.

    June 22, 2012 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  7. Leroy

    Aaahhh....a secret meeting of the 1%'s, plotting the total demise of the hard-working middle class.

    June 22, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
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