Both the Redskins and the Romney campaign have now told us that the report is not true; that there are no announced or planned fundraisers at Snyder’s home at this time.
The headline of the item has been corrected; the original text is struck through, below.
And I apologize for mentioning this without verifying it.
It’s no secret that Redskins owner Dan Snyder is a Mitt Romney backer; we wrote last year that Snyder and his wife Tanya had both given $2,500 to the Romney campaign. (Snyder also gave $10,000 to the National Republican Congressional Committee last year.) It’s also no secret that Snyder is willing to do more than just write checks; the owner, Mike Shanahan and Larry Michael all helped host a George Allen fundraiser this spring, and invitations to the fundraiser made repeated allusions to the Redskins. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that Snyder is reportedly hosting a Romney fundraiser at his Potomac mansion. This was the first item on Mike Allen’s Politico Playbook Wednesday morning:
DAN SNYDER, the beloved Washington Redskins owner, will host Mitt Romney at an upcoming fundraiser at Snyder’s mansion in Potomac, Md. Allen’s slight bit of playfulness with the word “beloved” made some folks horribly confused, as in this Fishbowl DC item:
While we can only hope that Allen was just joking, he doesn’t really make it clear. It’s not like he’s known for his sense of humor. Maybe for Mike, good jokes are the ones that have to be explained. Sigh. Anyhow, no word on whether Shanahan will attend; the coach, of course, is a longtime friend and supporter of George W. Bush, who appeared at Bush campaign rallies and whose daughter roomed with Jenna Bush. On the other side of the aisle, John Wall recently appeared at a Barack Obama re-election event, telling Etan Thomas that “it may take eight years to really get us where we need to go.” (Via DCist.)