Big investors in American governance gathered in Utah's Olympic Park to examine their new investment: Presidential candidate Mitt Romney. If you think this is hyperbole even Romney's aides are referring to Romney's big financial backers as his "investors".
Major Romney donors rewarded at lavish Utah retreatI'll bet they do! They wouldn't "invest" their money in Romney Inc. without the prospect of a being richly rewarded. Romney's tax plan with all its big cuts at the top is just the first course of Romney's planned feeding frenzy for the wealthy.
By Seema Mehta and Matea Gold, Los Angeles Times
June 23, 2012, 7:16 p.m.
The campaign is counting on these supporters to raise $500 million of its $800-million fundraising goal, according to one top fundraiser. The retreat is part of a meticulous effort by the campaign to keep its biggest supporters personally invested in the candidate as he hurtles toward November.
"They're our major investors," a senior Romney advisor said, declining to speak openly because of the campaign's desire for secrecy.
Romney surrogate John Sununu, the former New Hampshire governor, said the event was meant to cater to donors who "appreciate being kept in the process after they've written the check."
Donors chose from policy panels on matters such as Israel, healthcare and the financial industry headlined by prominent Republicans such as Hewlett-Packardchief and failed California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman and strategist Karl Rove. Rove helped found American Crossroads, a "super PAC" that cannot coordinate its message strategy with Romney's campaign but can collaborate on fundraising. Its sister nonprofit, Crossroads GPS, has already spent millions assailing President Obama's record.Well isn't this cozy! All the plutocratic tentacles that make up Romney Inc. coming together in one place, before they launch their assault the public airwaves with a deluge of smears and propaganda in the months to come.
For wealthy Romney donors, access that's up close and personalThis is what Republican politics has come down to. A meeting between the big shareholders, the branches of their marketing department, and their spokes-model to discus advertising their product.
There were so many private jets that one fundraiser joked that tiny Heber City Municipal Airport nearby "looked like an Air Force base."