Mitt Romney will be coming to Aspen on July 9 for a private fundraiser.
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s event will be hosted at the home of Susan Crown and William Kunkler.
A cocktail party and dinner event, next month’s fundraiser allows nominal co-chairs who raise more than $100,000 or “co-hosts” who raise as much as $25,000 to attend a private 30-minute reception with the former Massachusetts governor. Supporters contributing $10,000 or more are invited to take a picture with Romney, followed by a general reception for those contributing at least $2,500.
The dinner is $50,000 a plate.
“We are really excited to have Mitt Romney coming to Aspen,” said Frieda Wallison, chair of the Pitkin County Republican Party.
The Crown family, owners of the Aspen Skiing Co., includes high-powered fundraisers and activists on both sides of this year’s presidential race.
Susan Crown is the daughter of Lester Crown, the Chicago industrialist and financier, who has been an active supporter of President Obama. His son, and Susan’s brother, Jim, hosted First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters in their family home during a February vacation, and last summer held a fundraiser with the First Lady. He is among the Obama campaign’s 500-plus “bundlers,” or top fundraisers who gather maximum-dollar donations.
The president visited Colorado Springs on Friday and toured damage from the Waldo Canyon Fire, which he declared a federal disaster area. In recent months, Obama and Romney have made several visits to Colorado, which is considered a toss-up battleground state.
But Romney’s fundraiser is the first visit to Aspen by either candidate during the presidential race. Romney last visited Aspen for a fundraiser during his primary campaign in 2008.
Blanca O’Leary, chair of the Pitkin County Democratic Party and a Democratic National Committee member, said she and local supporters have been trying to put together a local event with the president before Election Day, but nothing has been scheduled.
She said she does expect Michelle Obama to return to Aspen this summer for a fundraiser and possibly a public event.
“She will be back but it’s all very fluid at this point,” O’Leary said.
Colorado carries nine electoral votes, which could swing the national election either way in a tight race.
“Colorado is very important this year, and this valley is more important than ever,” O’Leary said.
President Obama won more than 70 percent of Pitkin County’s votes in 2008. He won Colorado in that election, but President Bush took it in 2004.
A late May NBC News/Marist poll showed the state in a near dead heat, with 46 percent of Coloradoans supporting Obama and 42 backing Romney.
The Obama campaign, and related political action committee, has spent upwards of $8 million in Colorado television advertising this year, according to an ABC News report. Romney has spent $4 million here.
Wallison said Romney’s emphasis on the economy, jobs, deficit reduction and lower taxes will connect with Colorado voters in November.