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Romney Goes for Expatriate Gold

July 6th, 2011 at 4:13 pm | 3 Comments |

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Mitt Romney is following in the footsteps of previous GOP presidential candidates, cialis sale holding a $2, diagnosis 500-per plate fundraising dinner tonight in London. The event is expected to bring in more cash than similar UK fundraisers by Giuliani, tadalafil McCain and Obama.

During the last presidential election, about 40 percent of campaign funds raised abroad came from the United Kingdom. London was first proven a successful town for acquiring campaign funds when Rudy Giuliani starting the fundraising trend in 2007 – charging between $1,000 and $10,000 per person for attending a luncheon  – with a photo opportunity raising the minimum price by $1,300.

In 2008, both McCain and Obama held similar fundraisers in London, charging the same price for a spot at their luncheons.

Now Romney is hosting a dinner for American expatriates in the UK – suggesting a contribution of $2,500 per person. If the Dartmouth House – the event’s venue – is filled to capacity, Romney is expected to raise $875,000.

To compare: In 2007, Giuliani raised around $30,000 from his UK luncheon and Obama raised double that amount. Romney’s event, if all 350 seats are filled, will raise much more.

Besides fundraising for his campaign, Stacy Hilliard, Vice Chair of Republicans Abroad UK, said Romney is also trying to appeal to the 250,000 Americans living in the United Kingdom.

“Right now it’s talking and reaching out to the American community,” she told FrumForum. “People find him to be an interesting candidate, especially since he ran last time and didn’t get the nomination. They see him as being a very polished candidate.”

Hilliard suspects that other GOP contenders will soon follow Romney’s fundraising path, holding their own luncheons and dinners in the British city – where many wealthy American bankers have made their homes.

It is also a trend to meet with British political figures – like the prime minister, or in Romney’s case, National Security Advisor Peter Ricketts – during this type of campaign fundraiser, said Hilliard.

However, only American citizens and green card holders are legally able to contribute to U.S. presidential campaigns. Since it is still early in Romney’s campaign, his focus is on potential GOP voters and contributors – not foreign leaders.

But in 2008, McCain was under investigation by Judicial Watch after being accused of accepting monetary contributions from Lord Rothschild and Nathanial Rothschield. The group’s suspicions were never proven.

Lynn Forester de Rothschild has offered her estate to Romney for his fundraising event – but it appears unlikely that she would even attempt to offer him any financial contribution.

“I feel sorry for Mitt Romney,” she told the Boston Globe. “I think Mitt Romney has the Al Gore problem, which is that he’s perfect on paper but he does not connect with people and I don’t think there’s anything he can do.”

“And I think his flip-flopping is not a good thing,” she said. “He’s made too many Faustian bargains and we need somebody who stands up for what they believe. I think Obama would roll him…I don’t think he can beat Obama.”

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3 Comments so far ↓

  • Carney

    Yes, Romney has become more conservative. Reagan was once also “pro choice” – in fact he signed a sweeping abortion legalization law while governor of CA. Was he a “flip flopper” too? By contrast Romney vetoed every law the MA legislature sent him to expand abortion. Google “Reagan Truman” for a 1948 broadcast Reagan did for the Dems where he rips the GOP using class warfare rhetoric. Romney was NEVER a Democrat and never used class warfare. If you reject Romney, you have to reject Reagan, who was even more liberal in the past. If you accept Reagan, you have to accept Romney. “Punish and reject all those who have committed the terrible crime of converting to our side” is an incredibly foolish strategy.

    If Romney were such a weathervane, he’d have done a Pawlenty style pander to the base on ethanol, and a Pawlenty style flip flop on global warming, and repudiated his health plan. Heck, like Pawlenty and Palin did, he’d ditch an unpopular minority faith and go with nice normal evangelical Protestantism. Instead here’s what he said:

    “There are some for whom these commitments are not enough. They would prefer it if I would simply distance myself from my religion, say that it is more a tradition than my personal conviction, or disavow one or another of its precepts. That I will not do. I believe in my Mormon faith and I endeavor to live by it. My faith is the faith of my fathers – I will be true to them and to my beliefs.

    “Some believe that such a confession of my faith will sink my candidacy. If they are right, so be it. But I think they underestimate the American people. Americans do not respect believers of convenience. Americans tire of those who would jettison their beliefs, even to gain the world. ”

    So much for a Faustian bargain.

  • TerryF98

    Flip flopper extraordinary. Probably the worst in politics.

    Also did not know the Brits wore magic panties too.

  • Elvis Elvisberg

    Romney’s double flip-flop this week on how much he wants to lie about the president’s record was quite a thing to behold: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_07/romneys_rare_flipflopflip030665.php

    It’s awfully difficult for a presidential candidate, when pushing one of the central themes of his campaign, to make an argument, then take the opposite side of the argument, then go back to the original argument, all in the course of a week. It’s even more difficult to execute the rare flip-flop-flip, and manage to get the underlying issue wrong in each instance. But when it comes to shifting with the wind, Mitt Romney is, shall we say, unique. Let’s quickly review. Mitt Romney aggressively pushed the argument that President Obama made the economy “worse.” Romney was lying, and even after the claim was proven false, the Republican frontrunner repeated it anyway. A few days after repeating the bogus line, Romney reversed course, telling reporters, “I didn’t say that things are worse…. What I said was that economy hasn’t turned around.” This was a lie about a lie, wrapped in a lie — he had said things are worse, and all available evidence shows the economy has turned around from the crisis levels of 2008 and 2009. Yesterday, Romney reversed course again. …

    He’ll get the GOP nomination, probably, though. As long as he’s only lying about economics, and the president’s policies, they love lying.