A fundraising email circulating out of Georgia is already promising big donors to a Mitt Romney “victory fund” that they will have special access to a “Presidential Inaugural retreat” after the candidate’s election in November.
The presumptive email was obtained by Buzzfeed, which said it originated with a “top Georgia supporter.” (We confirmed the contents independently). Romney will be in Atlanta on June 11 for a pair of fundraisers.
From the solicitation:
The legal maximum that an individual can donate to Romney Victory is $75,800. The campaign is asking people who are able to make a $50,000 contribution to do so today and become a “Founding Member” of Romney Victory. These donors will be invited to a special retreat with Governor Romney in late June in California and will have preferred status at the first Presidential Inaugural retreat as well as yet to be determined access at the Republican National Convention in Tampa in August.
As for our Georgia efforts, Governor Romney will be returning to Atlanta on June 11th to participate in two Romney Victory fundraising events.
The first will be a $1,000-a-head event, though a photo with Romney will cost you $10,000. The second, for $50,000 donors, is “a private dinner at a home in Buckhead” hosted by Tom Bell, Fred Cooper, Bernie Marcus and Jeffrey Sprecher.
File the following under “Comments made by people you don’t control.” From rocker Ted Nugent, a Mitt Romney fan, per the Wall Street Journal:
”If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will be either be dead or in jail by this time next year.”
On Saturday, in 13 congressional districts across the state, Georgia Democrats will select 72 people as delegates and alternates to this summer’s national convention in Charlotte. According to state chairman Mike Berlon, 400 have applied.
Republicans went through a similar process last Saturday. The state GOP has yet to release an official list, but several of the meetings were marked by clashes with Ron Paul supporters.
After the 14th Congressional District meeting in Dalton – Republicans realigned after redistricting – chairman Darrell “No Relation” Galloway said he found on the floor a copy of the slate of delegates that Paul supporters were attempting to push.
Paul supporters were advised to wear Barry Goldwater buttons and similar paraphernalia, so that they might recognize each other. At the bottom of the crib sheet: “Look for others wearing these, when in doubt vote with them!”
The chair of the Dalton convention, by the way, was former House speaker Glenn Richardson.
State Sen. Nan Orrock of Atlanta says she has resigned from the American Legislative Exchange Council, a group that has been accused of being a front for conservative-endorsed legislation in state legislatures across the country. “Stand your ground” bills and such.
Orrock was the last Georgia Democrat with a membership in ALEC, but she says she had a good reason. She was a mole. From Orrock, via Better Georgia, the progressive group that drew attention to her membership:
“As a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council for several years, having joined ALEC with the primary goal of better understanding the corporate-dominated organization, I know first-hand that ALEC is not the innocuous organization it claims to be.
ALEC is underwritten by corporate dollars to push corporate financial interests that disadvantage middle-class and working families. This group enrolls state legislators to promote its radical legislation in state after state, creating the false illusion of public support for its dangerous agenda. ALEC promotes legislation that suppresses voter participation, undermines state budgets and services, and impedes democracy.
The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at state Sen. Josh McKoon’s allegation that the state does little to regulate the activities of lobbyists in the state Capitol.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider