Mitt Romney’s Personal Meet, Greet and Eat

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Mitt Romney's pancake brunch in Snellville, Georgia.

In his ongoing quest to woo small donors, Mitt Romney is now offering a meal to four supporters who contribute at least $3 to his campaign.

It’s all part of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s effort to recruit an army of financial backers who can be approached again and again to fund the campaign.

“On the campaign trail, I’m always on the go. So it’s nice when I can sit down and eat a meal — especially with supporters like you,” Romney wrote.

“And I never turn down a chance to grab a burger or a stack of pancakes — just ask Ann,” referring to his wife.

Romney has funded his campaign largely with the backing of well-heeled donors who can contribute the maximum $2,500. He can go back to them again to write another $2,500 for the general election; after that, they’re maxed out.

He has taken in just $7.7 million, just 9 percent of his total, from small-dollar donors, according to the Campaign Finance Institute, a Washington-based research group.

For the same $3, backers of President Barack Obama could have met George Clooney. Obama has relied heavily on donations of $200 or less as he built up a 10-to-1 fundraising edge over Romney. Through March 31, Obama had raised $80.2 million, 44 percent of his contributions for the primary, in amounts of $200 or less.



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