Dan Isaacs, the Manhattan chair, and John Catsimatidis, the supermarket magnate and one-time potential mayoral aspirant sent out an email this afternoon announcing that the get-together with the former Massachusetts governor will be next week at the Waldorf-Astoria, and ticket prices range from $1,000 to $2,500. And the invitation notes that “The Governor will have an opportunity to meet everyone in the room.”
The fundraiser comes as for the first time questions are being raised about Mr. Romney’s ability to raise money. An article in The New York Times today pointed out how most of Mr. Romney’s money is coming from big donors, and that he lags among small dollar contributors that reveal how much grassroots support a campaign really has.
The Romney campaign pushed back today, sending out a release touting the $11.5 million that they have raised in February, and pointing out that 83 percent of all the funds they have raised have been in amounts under $250. The campaign memo, and the invite are both below:
Romney for President today announced it has raised $11.5 million in primary funds in February. In the last 11 months, the campaign has raised $75 million in primary funds. The campaign has nearly $7.3 million cash on hand. Announcing the campaign’s fundraising total, Romney for President National Finance Chairman Spencer Zwick made the following statement:
“Mitt Romney’s strong fundraising shows that voters across America are embracing his bold plan for our economy and that Republicans are unifying behind him as the only candidate who can win in November. We will continue raising the funds necessary to go up against President Obama’s political machine in November and ensure that President Obama is a one-term president.”
Romney for President has no debt and has accepted only primary campaign contributions. Mitt Romney has not made any personal loans or contributions to the campaign.
FAST FACTS About Romney For President’s Fundraising:
· $75 Million Raised In Primary Funds In Eleven Months
· 83% Of All Donations Received Through The End Of February Were $250 Or Less
· $9.3 Million Raised By Donations Under $250 Through The End Of February
· Over 276,500 Donations Under $250 Received Through The End Of February
· Over $11.5 Million Raised In Primary Funds In February, The Second Best Fundraising Month Of The Campaign
· Contributions Received From All 50 States And Washington, D.C.