Romney visits Medina for $5,000 and $25,000 fundraisers

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by ROBERT MAK / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on June 4, 2012 at 6:38 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 4 at 7:15 PM

The presumed Republican presidential nominee is holding two fundraisers in Western Washington on Monday.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was scheduled to attend two separate fundraisers in the Bellevue neighborhood of Medina.

The two fundraisers, closed to the media and public, were to be held at private homes on Evergreen Point Road. 

The first fundraiser was scheduled to take place at 5:00 p.m. and was reported to cost $5,000 per person, with a 6:00 p.m. evening reception at the same home costing $2,500 per person. One attendee said about 270 people were there Monday evening.

The host for the event was Peter Neupert, a former Drugstore.com and Microsoft executive who now consults for a health care IT venture. Neupert hosted a similar event for President George W. Bush when he was still in office.

The second fundraiser was scheduled to start at 6:45 p.m. and was reported to cost $25,000 per person. The host was Wayne Perry, a minority owner of the Seattle Mariners.

The latest KING 5 poll, conducted in May, shows Washington state leaning heavily Democratic.  President Obama leads Romney by 14 points in the state, making it unlikely that Romney will campaign actively here.

"He's closer today in Washington than he was six months ago, as the economy worsens, he'll get closer," said Kirby Wilbur, chairman of the Washington State Republican Party.

Romney flew to Seattle from Portland, where he had a fundraiser at a hotel in Downtown Portland earlier Monday.

Dozens of demonstrators greeted Mitt Romney in Portland, where a small crowd of Romney critics waved signs and chanted outside the Governor Hotel, and a handful briefly blocked traffic. Police were out in force but nobody was arrested. Monday's fundraiser was Romney's third in Portland over the past year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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