Monday, July 2, 2012

Mitt Romney decides to dine in Hamilton, Montana (UPDATE)

Posted By on Mon, Jul 2, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Back in May, we wrote about a mysterious Hamilton company that donated $250,000 to the pro-Mitt Romney Super PAC Restore Our Future. The company, Fair Oaks Finance LLC, is owned by investment broker and billionaire Romney booster Charles R. Schwab, but that's about as much as we could find out. As it turns out, Schwab is far from done lending a financial helping hand to the dreams of a Romney presidency.

The Montana Democratic Party sent out an alert June 29 that Romney would be making a special appearance at a high-priced campaign fundraising dinner at the Daly Mansion in Hamilton. The dinner, set for July 11, offers Romney fans a chance to meet the Republican nominee and get a photo with him—for $25,000 a ticket. Dinner itself will set attendees back $50,000 per couple, and the guest list is limited to 30 couples.

Restore Our Future has spent more than $6.7 million supporting Romney this election season. Schwab himself has contributed $125,000 to the Super PAC, and his wife has donated an additional $125,000. Restore Our Future has the ability to spend unlimited amounts of cash stumping for Romney, provided there's no collaboration between the Super PAC and the campaign. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Romney's campaign itself has already raised more than $121 million.

UPDATE: Lee reports this morning that there are other ticket options. You can attend the reception — but no dinner — for $2,500 per person or $5,000 per couple. If you want a photo with Mitt at the reception, it'll set you back $5,000 per person or $10,000 per couple.

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