Romney Surrogate Goes Global in Race for Cash

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House Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy, left, and House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor during a news conference on Capitol Hill.

A senior House Republican is willing to go halfway across the world to help out Mitt Romney.

Representative Kevin McCarthy, the third-ranked House Republican, hopped on the 13-hour flight to Hong Kong from San Francisco yesterday to raise cash for the Republican presidential nominee’s joint fundraising committee with the Republican National Committee, according to Erica Elliott, his spokeswoman.

McCarthy will be the featured speaker at a fundraising reception and dinner tomorrow for about 20 people at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong. The event is being hosted by John Ying, the founding partner of Peak Capital Partners I LP; Michael DeSombre, a mergers and acquisitions and private equity lawyer for Sullivan and Cromwell LLP; Thomas Britt, a partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP; and Charles Regan, the head of Asia Investment Banking at Enclave Capital.

McCarthy, a California Republican and an architect of the freshman class that helped the party take control of the House in 2011, is a close ally of Romney’s running mate, Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan. The trio of McCarthy, Ryan and Majority Leader Eric Cantor authored the book “Young Guns: A New Generation of Conservative Leaders” and played a large role in raising money for prospective and current Republican House candidates.

Romney had bested President Barack Obama in fundraising in four consecutive months before Obama pulled ahead in August. Romney ended August with $168.5 million cash on hand.

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