(TROY, Mich.) — Mitt Romney landed his biggest fundraising day to date on Wednesday after holding two fundraisers in Michigan.
“It’s hard to write a check to a politician, it’s harder to get a friend to do it. You guys have done that, thank you,” Romney told attendees at a fundraiser at a Marriott hotel in Troy, Mich., Wednesday evening. “To each person who is here this evening, you have helped us break records, and that’s not just important from the standpoint of breaking records, its important because we recognize whats at stake. I realize this is not about me. You’re not giving a check to me, you’re not giving a check to the Republican party. You’re concerned about America. This is about our country.”
“Michigan has been great. Tonight, and today we will exceed every single event that has been held for Governor Romney from the beginning of the campaign,” John Rakolta Jr., National Finance Co-Chair, said as he introduced Romney. “We have set a new record tonight in terms of fundraising. Only probably to be beat later this summer, so I’ll come back and see you again in the fall.”
Finance committee chairman Spencer Zwick predicted the day’s total would range between $6 million and $8 million for the two finance events.
Romney attended the fundraisers in Grand Rapids and Troy, just one day after completing his five-day, six-state bus tour.
A campaign spokesman said more than 500 tickets were sold at the Troy fundraiser and more than 300 people were in the ballroom for the main reception. Tickets started at $2,500 for the main reception, $10,000 for a photo opportunity and $50,000 for dinner.
In the New York area last month, Romney raised $15 million over the span of three days. Over the weekend, Romney will hold a retreat in Park City, Utah, with top donors.
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