Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Politics

Mitt Romney not letting up in fundraising dominance over President Obama

Mitt Romney/Romney Victory and the Republican National Committee raised $106 million in June (vs. $71 million for Barack Obama and Co.) and close to $8 million of that came from Florida. More than 42,000 Floridians donated.

Romney isn't letting up. On Monday, Republicans in Florida were getting letters asking for urgent donations.

"It's essential you respond right away," Romney writes. "Our most cherished values and ideals are on the line this election."

Sounding decidedly conservative, Romney warns about Democrats raising "money hand-over-fist from Big Labor Bosses, Hollywood stars, and the Washington liberal elite. They will use that money to flood airwaves and mailboxes in key battleground states with their liberal rhetoric and attacks."

Speaking of Romney raising money via Florida, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio will headline a fundraiser for Romney in Boston on Friday. An invite shows a $5,000 per-person VIP reception while lunch goes for $2,500.

Crossroads groups spend big

Crossroads GPS and American Crossroads, the 501(c)(4) and super PAC started by Karl Rove, have reserved $10.2 million in air time this fall in Florida.

That's on top of the $14.2 million that's already been spent or reserved in the Sunshine State through early August.

All told: $24.4 million.

The Crossroads groups have run a series of ads criticizing President Obama or his positions on health care and the economy.

A chance to meet the Donald

The Republican Party of Sarasota County has named Donald Trump its "Statesman of the Year" and will hold a dinner for him on Aug. 26 — a day before the Republican National Convention kicks off in Tampa.

"As a conservative and a champion of free enterprise, Donald Trump is a keynote leader in this country who commands attention and serious consideration from people of all partisan persuasions. He does not shy away from controversy and is courageous in promoting the fundamental principles that conservatives endorse and strive to achieve," party chairman Joe Gruters says in an invite.

Tickets run from $110 to $1,000 for a "private meet & greet" with Trump at the Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota.

Casino boss gives $1M to PAC

Casino boss Sheldon Adelson has delivered on promises to give $1 million to a super PAC supporting U.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV for U.S. Senate. Sunlight Foundation reports that the donation to Freedom PAC showed up Monday in FEC records: Besides Adelson's contribution, the PAC took in $91,000. … The political group has yet to air any attack ads, but has spent $5,000 producing a spot featuring former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush endorsing Mack, according to filings.

Jeb's son: Dad not in VP mix

George P. Bush, son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Monday that his father is not being vetted for vice president. Here's a partial transcript from CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer:

BLITZER: Your father, a very, very popular two-term governor of Florida, a lot of folks would like to see him on the ticket with Mitt Romney. Is that, you think, even within the realm of possibility?

BUSH: I personally don't think so, Wolf. I don't have a crystal ball; he's not being vetted right now. And he's one of the few politicians that does what he says in the sense that he's not actively pursuing a higher office. I think he has a voice within the Republican Party as a conservative, especially as it relates to education reform. And I see him working hard on behalf of Gov. Romney in some key battleground states. But like me, he's going to do whatever he can when he's called to service this fall on behalf of the governor.

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