Mitt Romney made Iowa state fund-raising history Tuesday evening by bringing in between $1.8 and $2 million at an event in West Des Moines, a Romney aide confirmed.En New Jersey:
"Because of your participation and your presence here tonight, this event, in this room at this time is the largest and most successful presidential fundraiser we have ever had in the history of the state of Iowa," David Oman, Romney's Iowa state chair, told a crowd of supporters.
Romney, whose campaign organization has out-raised President Barack Obama's for the past three months, spoke to roughly 280 top dollar donors at a country club in West Des Moines. Tickets for the event ranged from $2,000 to $50,000.
(...) In attendance were some of Iowa's top politicos, including Rep. Steve King; Matt Strawn, former Iowa Republican Party chairman; Kyle Krause, owner of Kum & Go convenience store chain; as well as a large contingent of Iowa senators and representatives. Gov. Terry Branstad and Sen. Chuck Grassley, who were both honorary co-chairs of the event, were not in attendance due to schedule conflicts.
Under heavy security, Romney arrived at the Lake Terrace banquet hall Wednesday to meet with about 500 local supporters and collect at least $1,000 per person at a fundraising event.
(...) The guest list of politicos and residents included Assembly Republican Leader Jon Branmick, R-Morris, and Republican U.S. senate candidate Joe Kyrillos. While entrance into the event cost $1,000, supporters could have a photo op with Romney for an extra $10,000 and $25,000 bought them face time with the candidate.
There were two fundraising events Wednesday, with a private dinner scheduled in Rumson later. Lawrence E. Bathgate II, co-organizer of the events, said the two fundraisers for Romney will garner about $2 million.