Fresh off the best fundraising stretch of his presidential campaign, Mitt Romney plans to spend this weekend strategizing and fraternizing with his biggest bundlers at a posh resort in Park City, Utah.The retreat, at which there will definitely totally for sure absolutely be tons of great strategizing about how to help struggling USians, "will be closed entirely to the press." Of course it will.
The presumptive nominee and his senior advisers and aides are hosting two days of policy sessions and campaign strategy discussions at a Deer Valley resort for more than 100 top fundraisers and their spouses. Those who raised more than $100,000 are expected to attend.
More than a dozen Republican heavy-hitters are scheduled to join the private retreat as special guests. According to a fundraiser who is attending, guests include some GOP stars believed to be contenders to be Romney's vice presidential running mate: Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.), Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Sen. John Thune (S.D.).
Bush strategist Karl Rove, who helps run American Crossroads, the well-funded GOP super PAC, is planning to speak at the retreat, said the fundraiser, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the event. Rove's appearance could raise questions because of campaign finance laws barring any coordination between super PACs and actual campaigns.
...Romney's finance officials have touted the retreat as a way to reward top-performing bundlers who make their own donations and then raise many times that from within their network of friends and associates.
..."You get to go home and tell your friends and family and colleagues, 'I just spent the weekend with Mitt Romney,' and all of that is really good for morale," said a second fundraiser who will be there and who also was not authorized to speak publicly.
My top secret sources inform me that attendees will be receiving gold-plated bootstraps as party favors.