Romney hosting call with top donors
January 28th, 2011
11:18 AM ET
11 years ago

Romney hosting call with top donors

Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney has scheduled a conference call for next week with some of the biggest donors from his last presidential run, CNN has learned, the latest in a series of under-the-radar moves by the former Massachusetts governor as he sets the table for a second White House bid in 2012.

Spencer Zwick, who served as Romney's national finance director in 2008 and remains a close adviser to the Republican hopeful, emailed key contributors Friday inviting them to join the February 4 call.

Romney hosted a similar call last November.

"As Governor Romney explained in the November call, this will be a follow-up call to provide a brief update on Mitt's 2011 activities," Zwick wrote in the email, provided to CNN by a GOP source who received it. "As before, you will be provided with an opportunity to ask Mitt questions."

"Again, thanks for all you do for Mitt and his team," Zwick added.

Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom had no comment on the call.

Aside from a handful of recent television appearances, Romney has largely kept a low-profile since last year, when he maintained an exhausting national schedule campaigning for midterm candidates ahead of November's elections.

Romney and his team are cautious about being tagged with the "frontrunner" label as they enter the 2012 presidential cycle. Aside from a pair of upcoming public speaking appearances - at the Conservative Political Action Conference next weekend and a New Hampshire GOP dinner in March - Romney's political maneuvering of late has been done largely behind-the-scenes.

On Monday night, Romney and his inner circle dined with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie - a GOP star and potential vice presidential candidate - at the Garden State governor's mansion. An attendee at the dinner told CNN that the meeting came at Romney's request.

And next week, Romney will quietly meet with GOP activists in New Hampshire, yet another indicator that he plans to make the state a beachhead in the early caucus and primary process. He has yet to make similar efforts in Iowa and South Carolina.

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The Koch brothers and foreign governments have already determined that Mitsy will be the candidate.

    January 28, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. Dave

    I'm LDS but I'll never support this phoney. Should be in jail for his business dealings.

    January 28, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. David, CA

    The cashmere cameleon's first words on the call, "Tell me what to say guys!!!! I'll say anything!"

    January 28, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. PalmReader

    Not only has Mitt Romney all but ignored the economic mess when are in ... he has the unmitigated gall to question those who are working 24/7 to keep this economy afloat. Coming from a man who wants, nay, thinks he deserves to be president, is hard to swallow. He has done nothing to garner my respect; either domestically, globally, or nationally. In the ten years our country has been at war, not one of his 5 sons have given their service to our country, yet, Romeny seeks to become Commander-In-Chief of our Armed Forces. 95% of the members of my family (male and female alike) have served this great country of ours - during war and in peace. I can't possibly support a man who is unable to inspire the same patriot service within his own family, especially during a time when Romeny has himself done nothing but waste money trying to globe-trot his way to becoming my president.

    January 28, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. Adalbert

    Why would anyone in their right mind would want to bring back the do nothing irresponsible republicans in power? It is just like putting the fox back into the henhouse. After all. most of our major problems of today were created by the republicans of yesteryears.

    January 28, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - John "The Weeper of the House" Boehner

    Romney and Christie. HA!!!! A flip flopper and a bully. Sounds like a match made in heaven.

    January 28, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It will take more than nice hair and nice shoes to get Mittens elected. I would like to hear him comment on Rep. Ryan (Wisconsin) economic plan. His republican economic plan will take 50 years to balance the budget, add $23 trillion to our national debt, change social security, and pretty much remove everyone who is older from any insurance plan by giving them vouchers that no insurance company would take to insure the elderly.

    January 28, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "emailed key contributors Friday inviting them to join the February 4 call."

    WHO, what, when, where, why. List them or this article is an epic fail.

    January 28, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If Christie and Mittens read any newspaper, or followed any TV channel other than Fox, they would see that the economy improved the most in the past four years. Despite the low life republicans doing everything to vote against the middle class and American workers, it looks like the democrats and President Obama have made the correct decisions to get out of the Bush/republican near depression. Watch repubs now take credit for the tough decisions that our president made.

    January 28, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  10. S. In California

    Who let the dogs out? That's what you are Rum-head a dog who needs to be put on a leash. You will NEVER occupy the WH, I don't care how much money you have. Take your five "privileged" sons, your wife and your wealth and move to a warmer climate where you can retire as the first person on earth who never did anything worthwhile.

    January 28, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  11. Joe

    "Under the radar?" If this was under the radar you wouldn't know about it. He plays the media like the trollop he is. He knows just how to get lots of free attention.

    January 28, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  12. Robert

    When is the last time Romney actually had a job - other than being a permanent presidential candidate (a job at which he has so far failed)? It is easy to run around spouting opinons and criticising the President and others when you're not actually responsible for accomplishing anything besides making sure your hair looks good.

    January 28, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Romney does not need a job, he was on the board of Marriott. Remember how the republicans used the Marriott porn policy against him in 2008?

    January 28, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  14. Four and The Door

    America is finally seeing the fruits of their November decisions making an impact on how Washington politicians view our tax dollars. Even Obama makes speeches talking about spending less. In 2012 we will have a Republican Administration. If Mitt Romney is the guy that would be great. America knows it is time to stop throwing money at every special interest and start managing our dwindling resources.

    January 28, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |