Top Romney Donors Descend on Utah Town for Exclusive Weekend

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Mitt and Ann Romney in Freeland, Michigan.

Top donors to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney are gathered in Park City, Utah for a weekend-long retreat that offers the chance to mingle with campaign strategists, party officials and the candidate himself.

The event features private meetings and strategy sessions influential players in Republican politics: strategist Karl Rove, Arizona Senator John McCain, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Ohio Senator Rob Portman.

Donors get personal time with the candidate and his family. There’s a cook-out scheduled tonight with Romney at Olympic Park, a tea tomorrow with his wife, Ann, and golf on Sunday at the private Red Ledges club.

The price tag: A personal donation of $50,000 or pledge to raise $250,000 for Romney’s White House bid.

The level of access given to donors this weekend is not unusual for the Romney campaign, which has spent weeks on an intensive fundraising blitz. Top donors get access to weekly strategy calls from campaign officials and top Republican supporters. Potential donors have been invited to Romney’s New Hampshire vacation home on Lake Winnipesaukee for lunch and boat rides.

This weekend’s retreat is also being held on familiar ground. Romney owned a seven-bedroom, 9,500 square-foot log cabin in the resort area before selling it during the run-up to his second presidential bid.


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