Romney plans to tap expats for contributions
Mitt Romney, on a fundraising roll in the U.S., is looking to collect more largesse from Americans overseas.
His campaign has planned at least three events to tap wealthy expats on his upcoming foreign trip, according to multiple published reports.
Romney will host two separate affairs in London, where he is scheduled to attend the Summer Olympics opening ceremony on July 27. The Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday that he will hold a $60,000 per plate event in the city on July 29.
A Romney campaign spokeswoman declined to comment on the trip or the fundraisers.
Presidential candidates have sought overseas donations for years. For the moment, at least, Obama holds the edge. A Washington Post analysis of Federal Election Commission reports shows the president with $3.1 million and Romney with 1.4 million. For Obama, the includes at least $600,000 from addresses in Britain, $176,000 from Switzerland and $63,000 from China. Romney has drawn at least $311,000 from Britain, and $140,000 from Hong Kong.
The figures are probably bit squishy, because some Americans living overseas maintain U.S. addresses that end up in the FEC records. Only American citizens and Green Card holders are allowed by law to contribute to presidential campaigns.
One of Romney’s London fundraisers was set to co-hosted by Robert Diamond, the CEO of Barclays until his resignation July 3. Diamond, a key Romney bundler, stepped down after the bank was fined for manipulating interest rates.