Romney invites big donors to Utah in June
Politics • Attendees are asked to donate $5,000 for the event.
Published: March 26, 2013 06:03PM
Updated: March 27, 2013 09:33AM
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Francisco Kjolseth | Tribune file photo Sen. Orrin Hatch (left) welcomes Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney as he arrives in Salt Lake City on Friday, June 8, 2012. Romney is once again visiting Utah in June to huddle with some of his biggest donors and two White House hopefuls.

Washington • Mitt Romney plans to huddle with some of his biggest donors — and two potential White House hopefuls — in June in Park City while also helping boost a venture capital fund founded by his son.

Calling the event “Experts and Enthusiasts,” Romney invited investors in the Solamere Group to the Deer Valley resort Chateaux at Silver Lake for a conference, which will be followed by a forum on “emerging opportunities in business, government and philanthropy,” according to a former senior Romney adviser.

“The goal is to make it bipartisan,” the official said on condition of anonymity.

CNN reported that Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who are both potential presidential candidates, are expected to attend the event, though the senior official said no speakers are confirmed.

Romney sent invites on Friday to his national finance team that raised cash for his presidential bid as well as to investors in the Solamere Group, founded by son Tagg Romney and Salt Lake City native Spencer Zwick.

“As we only have capacity for a small group of people to be part of this gathering, invitations will be kept to a limited group of industry and thought leaders,” reads the invite, signed simply, “Mitt.”

Romney had promised to stay in touch with his finance team after his losing White House bid, and this event is an opportunity to engage with them, the senior adviser said.

Attendees are asked to donate $5,000 for the gathering, though the senior adviser said that money will go toward the cost of space rental, meals and travel, and not to any political cause.

Romney, the former head of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, held an event in Park City last year for major donors and strategists as he sought the presidency. He sold his Deer Valley home in 2009.

tburr@sltrib.com