Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will return to Georgia later this month for a pricey luncheon and photo reception, a visit slated less than a week after his wife will blitz Peach State moneymen.
Local fundraising aides to the former Massachusetts governor sent invitations this week to a September 19 luncheon and photo opportunity at the Atlanta Marriot Marquis.
The per-plate cost of the luncheon was set at $1,000, according to an invite provided to Tipsheet, though donors must contribute at least $10,000 for the grip-and-grin.
Even as the Romney ground operation has largely avoided Georgia, instead directing voter contact resources to less red jurisdictions, the Bay Stater has built a money network here that dwarfs the bundling efforts of previous GOP White House hopefuls.
When he was last in Georgia in July, Romney raised more than $3 million. That single night’s worth of glad-handing nearly matched the total general election haul by the previous Republican nominee, Senator John McCain, whose Georgia receipts totaled just north of $4.5 million.
As in any campaign, the candidate’s time is the most precious resource. In Romney’s absence, his campaign has dispatched a host of prominent surrogates, including former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, and members of his family to keep that Georgia money drip constant.
- James Richardson