The Washington Post

Romney opens Jerusalem fundraiser to press, reversing earlier decision

JERUSALEM — Mitt Romney is opening his high-dollar fundraiser here Monday to the news media, reversing his campaign’s earlier decision to block press access to the event.

By banning reporters from covering the event, the Romney campaign would have violated the ground rules it had previously negotiated with news organizations regarding coverage of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s finance events.

Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson will be among the guests at Mitt Romney’s Jerusalem fundraiser. (Vincent Yu/AP)

After reporters objected and several national news outlets, including The Washington Post, reported on Saturday that the campaign was keeping its Jerusalem fundraiser closed to the press, it reversed its decision.

Campaign spokesman Rick Gorka said a regular press pool would be allowed in to cover the Monday morning event, held at the King David Hotel.

Several of Romney’s national finance co-chairmen — including New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, oil investor L.E. Simmons, Detroit businessman John Rakolta and the candidate’s older brother, Scott Romney — flew to Israel to attend the event. Other guests include Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who has pledged to personally give tens of millions of dollars to a pro-Romney super PAC.

Philip Rucker is a national political correspondent for The Washington Post, where he has reported since 2005.

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