Romney campaign bars reporters from Jerusalem fund-raiser
July 28th, 2012
05:00 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney campaign bars reporters from Jerusalem fund-raiser

Update: The campaign said Sunday it will now allow the press to cover Romney's remarks at the fund-raiser, but reporters will be escorted out before he takes questions from the audience.

(CNN) - Mitt Romney's presidential campaign will not allow reporters to cover the candidate's Monday fund-raiser in Jerusalem, a campaign aide said Saturday.

That decision is a change in practice from an agreement the campaign and media outlets, including CNN, reached with the campaign last spring.

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Romney press aide Rick Gorka told reporters following Romney on his international trip that the fund-raiser was closed press, but offered no explanation as to why. Romney touched down Saturday in Israel and will head later to Poland.

A rotating small number of reporters attend the candidate's fund-raisers held in public places - such as Jerusalem's King David Hotel, the site of Monday's event - and share their reporting with other outlets, but reporters are not allowed into Romney's fund-raisers in private homes.

Several reporters attended part of Romney's fundraiser in London on Thursday.

Among those who may attend the fund-raiser is billionaire Sheldon Adelson, the major Republican donor who last month donated millions to the primary super PAC supporting Romney.

The campaign of President Barack Obama allows a similar pool of reporters to attend some Obama campaign fund-raisers, excluding those at which Obama will not deliver remarks. Some of those venues have included hotel fund-raisers.

Romney's closed-door fund-raisers and his private comments to donors were highlighted when reporters from NBC News and The Wall Street Journal overheard Romney telling donors in a backyard in April that as president he might close the Department of Housing and Urban Development and scale back the Department of Education, items he had not rolled out in public events at the time.

In response to the news, Obama campaign senior adviser David Axelrod tweeted, "After London debacle, Romney team re-institutes Mittness Protection Program. Now media will be barred from his Jerusalem fundraiser."

In another tweet, he added, "Is it because Sheldon Adelson, the SuperPac King, will be among the guests?"

– CNN's Jim Acosta, Steve Brusk, and Kevin Bohn contributed to this report


Filed under: Fundraising • Israel • Mitt Romney
soundoff (115 Responses)
  1. anthony78

    This guy is just Palin in a suit. Actually, the Brits (our closest ally) think he's worse then her.
    McCain's camp thought Palin was better than Willard too.

    That speaks volumes as we know how big of a failure she is.

    So here's the question for all the Obama bashers out there... if Obama is so bad, and you guys can't come up with anyone better.. what does that say about your own Party?
    Better fire up that tread mill for Christi and start praying Hillary decides no to run (and Chelsey doesn't run for Senate).

    July 28, 2012 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  2. TAK

    So ... Romney's word does not mean anything?

    July 28, 2012 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  3. tony

    Gotta keep the promises to our true Masters secret from the serfs back home.

    July 28, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    He could always shred his remarks like he shredded his Olympic payouts, his tax records, his Bain records, his MA records, and the right wingnuts would be happy.

    July 28, 2012 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  5. Nevis Mn

    Now what is he hiding?

    July 28, 2012 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  6. n

    Protect Mitt the twit at any cost. They are treating Mitt the twit like they treated Palin. It should make you wonder?

    July 28, 2012 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  7. Charlie in Maine

    Well that is one way to avoid saying something stupid that gets in the press. I am disappointed hough I had one hour and 30 minutes in the pool at work for the amount of time that would pass before this idiot insulted the Israelis like he has everyone else so far. Now I will have to wait anoither day.

    July 28, 2012 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  8. rafael

    How can he do a fund-raiser in Israel? I thought it was illegal to accept contributions from citizens of other countries.

    July 28, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  9. Joshua Ludd

    Its simple... he will be saying things to them that he doesn't want the general public to hear.

    July 28, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  10. Michael Q

    America believes in a free and open press, doesn't it? Sorry, I guess I forget we don't have the same rules for the Republicans. Just what America needs is another Republican President who won't allow the press to cover them openly.

    July 28, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  11. TEW

    This guy is a crook. He wiped his harddrives clean as he departed his post as MA Gov. He will not release his taxes and now he goes back on an agreement he had with the media. The GOP is so blinded by their unfounded hatred of the current POTUS that they will sacrifice their own positions on disclosure and transparency. What a bunch of hypocrites. The GOP should have nominated Rick Santorum because at least he was true to himself, his beleifs and would be absolute transparent candidate. Romney is bought and paid for by the rich GOP establishment. Hey Tea-Party where is your outrage for having your party swiped from under you by the rich powerful folks that will ship your jobs overseas

    July 28, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  12. jake

    Hiding again hey willard? What have you got to hide this time? I'm sure it's more of the same old lies and maybe a few new ones. This guy is pathetic at best. Wow, cant wait to see how he screwes this one up. Idiot!

    July 28, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  13. 2020

    What Romney saying to donar is just too embarassing to repeat.

    There is enough gaff on this trip. just too embarassing.

    July 28, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  14. realitybites

    Jerusalem fundraiser? So it's legal to go and fundraise internationally for election in our country? No wonder the press is banned.

    July 28, 2012 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  15. MaryM

    Of course they bar reporters. As with all things with Mitt and Repubs , Its just one great big secret. Mitt, you will not win this election. Most of Americans can see right thru you . To quote Ann, "You People" are fakes.

    July 28, 2012 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  16. Tex71

    "No – I told you before: no reporters! Why can't they just leave me alone? D a m n rabble!"

    July 28, 2012 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  17. luke,az

    And this man wants to be President of the United States , what a joke Gov Romney has become. He hides his taxes and now he hides his comments.

    July 28, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  18. chuck weidemann

    Romney hides his taxes....hides his comments to leaders of foreign nations,looks like he would hide a lot from us common folk!!!!

    July 28, 2012 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  19. Deb in MT

    "Mittness Protection Program"!! David Axelrod rocks!

    Mittens is so secretive, he makes Nixon look transparent, and non-paranoid. Poor, poor Mittens–definitely not ready for prime time...

    July 28, 2012 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  20. Mike

    Of course has more to hide..what a loser!!

    July 28, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  21. Mike

    Adelson is a sleazebag..he is under investigation now..good pal Willard

    July 28, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  22. isail1

    Fundraising in Israel ??? A foreign country....am I the only one to see something wrong with this??

    July 28, 2012 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  23. otermbachmann

    Mittens, cat got your tongue?

    July 28, 2012 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  24. Earl J Wagadorn

    Because they will be bad mouthing the POTUS on foreign soil. They don't want that known to the public.

    July 28, 2012 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  25. chuck weidemann

    Who needs the telaprompter??? Not The President!!!! Romney on the world stage a couple days....now hides behind closed doors to speak. Someone needs to re-program Romney the robot!

    July 28, 2012 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
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