MittRomney will hold a fundraiser with some of the biggest donors in GOP politics in Aspen on Thursday night on the sidelines of a closed-door Republican Governors Association high-rollers event, sources tell POLITICO.
After attending public events during the day at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds and Basalt High School, Romney plans to join mega-donors in town for a retreat hosted by the RGA’s so-called Executive Roundtable program, which will draw some of the biggest names in GOP politics, including several high-powered governors, a top adviser to Romney, Karl Rove, and other representatives of deep-pocketed political spenders, including a top lieutenant of the Koch brothers.
(...) Expected guests include Ed Gillespie, listed on the roster as a senior adviser to Romney’s campaign, as well Rove, former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and Steven Law – all of whom help run the Crossroads groups that aim to spend as much as $300 million boosting Romney and other Republican candidates.
Also attending is Kevin Gentry, a top aide to the billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch, who are angling to direct nearly $400 million to a range of outside groups ahead of the 2012 election.
(...) This year’s confab, which begins Wednesday, will be interrupted that night by a little-publicized, but technically public, “Conversation with Republican Governors” hosted the Aspen Institute featuring Christie and Govs. Nikki Haley of South Carolina, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Bob McDonnell of Virginia, Matt Mead of Wyoming and Scott Walker of Wisconsin.
Those governors will be joined in the closed-door RGA meetings by Govs. Jan Brewer of Arizona, Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, Gary Herbert of Utah, Susana Martinez of New Mexico and Rick Perry of Texas.
(...) Many of the more than 200 donors scheduled to attend are major contributors to the Romney campaign, as well as the Crossroads groups and the pro-Romney Restore Our Future Super PAC.
Take retired mutual fund guru Foster Friess, who co-hosted a Romney fundraiser, last month donated $100,000 to Restore Our Future and has suggested he would give to Crossroads.
Other attendees include Oklahoma energy investor Joe Craft – who has donated $1.25 million to Crossroads, $500,000 to Restore Our Future and $10,000 to Romney’s campaign – and California investor B. Wayne Hughes, whose family has donated $4.8 million to Crossroads and $60,000 to the RGA.
Then there’s GOP rainmaker Fred Malek, who is on Romney’s national finance committee and also helps run a pair of outside groups aiming to spend more than $30 million boosting GOP House candidates, the American Action Network and the Congressional Leadership Fund.