Area Republicans gave $1.2 million to their party and Mitt Romneys presidential campaign at a private downtown fundraiser Thursday, several party officials said.
By DAVE HELLING
The Kansas City Star
I think thats a record, said Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd, who helped organize the fundraising event, featuring the former Massachusetts governor, at the Westin Crown Center hotel.
Romney, the almost certain Republican presidential nominee, spoke to more than 400 people at the fundraiser.
I know youre not doing this for me, he told the crowd. Youre not doing it for the Republican Party. Youre doing this because you care very deeply about our country.
He made no mention of Thursdays controversies over gay marriage and his alleged involvement in a high school prank that led to the involuntary cutting of a classmates hair.
But Romney criticized President Barack Obama repeatedly, accusing him of dividing the country.
Hes out of ideas, out of people to blame, and weve got to make sure in 2012 we put him out of office, Romney said.
Area developer and builder B.B. Andersen, who introduced Romney, said he was impressed.
I think what he said was perfect. Everything he wants to do, this country needs.
A campaign spokesman said 475 tickets had been sold, costing between $1,000 and $50,000.
As impressive as Romneys take was, it pales compared with a Thursday fundraiser for Obama. In California, the Democrat was expected to raise $15 million at an event hosted by actor George Clooney.
Earlier Thursday, Kansas City labor officials criticized Romneys ties to Bain Capital, which closed a Kansas City steel plant in 2001.
The plants bankruptcy cost the jobs of more than 700 people.
Romney left Bain Capital before the plant closed.
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