First Lady Michelle Obama may have done 56 fundraisers this year, besting Ann Romney’s tally of 37, but the aspiring first lady is not sitting idly by. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Ann Romney is headlining an Oct. 1 reception at the home of the biggest contributors to Republican super-political action committees: Las Vegas Sands Corp. chairman Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, who have donated $36.3 million to Republican-leaning groups.
Michelle Obama has raised at least $17.5 million for her husband’s re-election campaign this year, according to information provided by the Obama campaign and reported by Bloomberg yesterday. The Romney campaign wouldn’t provide ticket ranges or the approximate number of people attending Ann Romney’s events beyond confirming that she too has brought in millions to her husband’s campaign coffers this year.
Obama’s high-profile fundraisers like one at the Beverly Hills mansion of pop star Gwen Stefani in August have gotten far more attention than Ann Romney’s under-the-radar fundraisers, which included one at former President George W. Bush’s Dallas home on Sept. 18. Tickets for a Sept. 6 fundraiser with Ann Romney at Oscar-winner Robert Duvall’s home in Middleburg, Virginia ranged from $2,500 to $25,000, according to an invitation obtained by the National Journal.
Tickets for the Oct. 1 fundraiser range from $1,000 for the general reception to $10,000 per couple to co-chair the event, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
“This will be the very first visit from Ann since her husband, Governor Mitt Romney, became the Republican nominee for president of the United States,” said the invitation obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Nevada is one of a handful of key battleground states frequented by both candidates.