Romney’s $50,000 Plates, Obama’s $35,800 — The Window’s Open Again

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Mitt Romney supporters during a campaign rally in Bowling Green, Ohio.

After a few days off — a moment of campaign silence spurred by the shooting in Colorado — the presidential candidates are back at work fundraising.

Republican Mitt Romney started at a $50,000-per-plate lunch Sunday at the Woodside, California, home of billionaire Thomas Sieble, a former Oracle executive who is chairman and CEO of C3, an energy and emissions management company, and head of First Virtual Group, with interests in commercial real estate and agribusiness.

From there, by the Sunlight Foundation’s account, Romney headed to a $2,500 to $10,000 event at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco and then a $50,000-per-head dinner at a private home in Pacific Heights hosted by Meg Whitman, the president of Hewlett-Packard Co. who ran for governor of California and lost to Jerry Brown, former ambassador Howard Leach and others.

Romney started his campaign day at the Irvine Hyatt in California today with a breakfast offering levels of giving from $1,000 to $50,000 — or the commitment to raise $50,000, which makes one a “bundler.”

President Barack Obama, who like Romney suspended his public campaign events after the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, last week that claimed 12 lives and injured nearly five dozen others, will head to Oakland, California, tonight for fundraisers expected to collect $3.4 million.

Tuesday, according to campaign officials, the president will head North for a fundraising roundtable in Portland at the Oregon Convention Center, where 25 people are expected to pay $30,000 per person. Big dollar contributions like this are shared, with the Obama Victory Fund serving as a joint fundraising committee of Obama for America, the Democratic National Committee and several state Democratic parties.

The president also will speak at a fundraising reception at the Oregon Convention Center.  The tickets start at $500 per person.

Then it’s on to Hunts Point, Washington, where 20 people are expected to pay $35,800 apiece for the Obama Victory Fund, and another event will be held with tickets starting at $5,000.

The Romney campaign and Republican Party have been out-raising the president and his committees: The Romney campaign raised $33 million in June, but combined with party fundraising their efforts totaled $106 million.

Obama collected $45.9 million of a combined $71 million with his party.

Still, the Obama campaign started the month of July with a bigger bank account than Romney’s: The president’s re-election campaign had $97.5 million in the bank, the Romney campaign $22.5 million in the bank, according to their Federal Election Commission reports Friday.




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