(CNN) – Mitt Romney made Iowa state fund-raising history Tuesday evening by bringing in between $1.8 and $2 million at an event in West Des Moines, a Romney aide confirmed.
"Because of your participation and your presence here tonight, this event, in this room at this time is the largest and most successful presidential fundraiser we have ever had in the history of the state of Iowa," David Oman, Romney's Iowa state chair, told a crowd of supporters.
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Romney, whose campaign organization has out-raised President Barack Obama's for the past three months, spoke to roughly 280 top dollar donors at a country club in West Des Moines. Tickets for the event ranged from $2,000 to $50,000.
The presumptive GOP nominee talked about the Iowa State Fair, which opens this weekend, the state's intense drought and the Sikh temple shooting in Wisconsin.
Earlier Tuesday in Chicago, Romney asked a crowd in Illinois for a moment of silence to pay respect to the victims of the incident last weekend.
Romney also talked about his recently unveiled five-step economic recovery plan at the fund-raiser.
In attendance were some of Iowa's top politicos, including Rep. Steve King; Matt Strawn, former Iowa Republican Party chairman; Kyle Krause, owner of Kum & Go convenience store chain; as well as a large contingent of Iowa senators and representatives. Gov. Terry Branstad and Sen. Chuck Grassley, who were both honorary co-chairs of the event, were not in attendance due to schedule conflicts.
Obama will also travel to Iowa next week for a three-day tour, visiting seven cities between Monday and Wednesday.
Iowa launched Obama's presidential bid in 2008 after he won the state's first-in-the-nation caucus. Iowa later handed him a 10-point victory over Republican opponent Sen. John McCain in the general election.
The state is seen as a toss up between incumbent Obama and Romney, each polling at 44% in a NBC News/Marist poll conducted in May.
–CNN's Alex Mooney contributed to this report
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There is one thing, Romney knows how to make and raise money.
The Romney campaign song should be Money Can't Buy Me Love (Beatles).
Who cares about his rich friends, we want to see those tax returns, until then Romney efforts are a waste of time and money. What a phony!
and this for a candidate whose party left farmers hanging when they left for the august break
More of the same Obaloney to munch on while drinking liberal cool aide.
Hope all that money buys something a heck of a lot better than "Obamaloney." How utterly lame.
His recently unveiled five-step economic recovery plan at the fund-raiser.
Is he on drugs? Is this something we have heard or seen from him or his anger management wannabe staff?
Nice try to pretend you care about any victims of any crime. You are on the side of the nra now, remember? Right, you were against them and raised hunter's fees four(?) times while governor. Just to remind you since you seem to forget what you said all the time.
Newt was right..Mitt Romney can't tell the truth on anything
I wouldn't pay $10 to see either one of these clowns..obama or mitt. If they are so worried about the unemployed or midle class why don't they invite a few to their "$10k plus per plate" campaign events.
Very good, I see this as a sign of people ready to move on to the real business of the bad situation with our economy and the need for many jobs and get things going and move away from all the nonsense President Obama and David Axelrod have started to keep this election off-balance and keep voters distracted away from the White House and his job performance, I feel like I'm back in elementary school.
Our subsidized Iowa farmers seem to have a lot of money to throw around.
This election is NOT FOR SALE – That is the main reason why Romney will lose – All of the other reasons, him being a LIAR – a CHEAT and a TAX EVADER are second of the list!
WAKE UP AMERICA – Do not allow the BIG CORPs buy the election!!
Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!
I used to be a repub till congress was taken over by the tea party and Romney as our candidate.I cannot support a man who is a draft dodger and a tax evader.The repub congress has done nothing for vets,nothing for the middleclass.All of the good repubs have gone or have been forced out by the extremists that care nothing for the average joe or veterans like myself.Until we get real candidates that care for the middleclass and vets I will not vote for the repubs.Honor and respect,and caring for this nation is what the repubs used to stand for ,now we have wackjobs from the tea party holding america hostage and thats as un patriotic as it gets,it is hurting many americans,our economy and soldiers who are looking for work. Romney is not the answer he is the problem with America with his lies and phony religion...Sorry this voter will stay an ex repub till the party becomes honerable again.
You see Mitt the more he attack you dosent work for him American citizens all ready know you are the next president of usa.GOD bless America and Mark Levin thanks
raise all the money you want mittens because i really think this election is not for sale! were is the tax returns mittens because i am going to be asking this question until the election if i have to!
A sad fact that politicians need to raise money to run for office. I wish that we didn't need to do that. We should be run by citizens and not by people beholden to corporations. We need more people involved so there is less need for money.
Iowa for Romney in 2012/2016. We understand what's at stake here and we back Romney all the way. The reporter was right, we gave Obama a chance on his word but he failed us miserably. We won't give him another chance. Onward and Upword for Romney and Iowa 2012/2016!!!
Gov. Romney is not presidential material, but the Koch Bros. and Adelson love the guy. Your voting for the wealthy to become wealthier or your voting for the middle class and the poor.
I feel that the election is becoming a mockery and billionaires are buying the election. Romney is obligated to give these people what they want if he wins but I believe voters are smarter than this. He needs to release his tax returns if it had been President Obama the GOP would be having a field day.
Money won't buy this election. Romney is making himself appear less and less credible every new day.
I feel so sorry for all those folks giving money to the pathetic Romney campaign. Just remember, campaign donations cannot be written off your federal income tax report, despite what Romney may tell you!
...and that means NOTHING to the rest of the 'real' world. I don't care who has the most money...jeez. Is that anyone ever talks about anymore?!
This was some of the best news I've read all day. My family and I simply cannot financially risk 4 more years of Obama. We are most certainly NOT better off than we were 4 years ago, or even 2 for that matter.
I find it really interesting that all these republicans and spend millions and millions of dollars on campaigns but don't want to pay taxes? Tell me again how that is fiscally conservative and a benefit to the USA? Can't spend to improve roads and schools but have cash to pump into an empty suit like Romney?!