Mitt Romney hits Chicago for campaign fund-raisers
BY ABDON PALLASCH Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org October 27, 2011 7:56PM
Mitt Romney arrives in River North for one of two fund-raising events Thursday. | Scott Stewart~Sun-Times
Updated: January 23, 2012 4:10AM
Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney blew into Chicago with a rainstorm Thursday night to host a pair of fund-raisers that will bring in “well over half a million dollars,” said his Illinois campaign chairman, State Treasurer Dan Rutherford.
Stepping out of his SUV and adjusting his collar outside the Tree Studios in River North, Romney spotted Rutherford and headed over to shake his hand, saying, “Great to be in town today. We’ve got a lot of good friends here.”
The reception at the Ivy Room at Tree Studios sold out, with 300 people and most tickets starting at $1,000.
Forty people were to pay at least $10,000 each for a private dinner with Romney at the Streeterville home of Susan Crown and William Kunkler.
Those are impressive numbers on President Barack Obama’s home turf, and they include some donors who went for Obama last time, Rutherford said.
Despite Republican rivals’ attempts to tag him with the “flip-flopper” label, the former Massachusetts governor leads the Republican field in all the January primary and caucus states, including Iowa, according to a new CNN/Time poll.
Asked how he felt about those numbers, Romney smiled and said, “Better than the alternative.”
Romney’s aides shouted, “No questions!” and pushed him into the fund-raiser.
Meanwhile Thursday night, Byron Trott of BDT Capital Partners LLC was hosting a $35,800-a-plate dinner at his Winnetka home, featuring Warren Buffett, to raise money for Obama’s re-election.