Romney rakes in the dough tonight in Burlingame

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is in the Bay Area tonight for a fundraiser.

Tickets to the dinner at the Marriott hotel in Burlingame cost $1,000 per person or $2,500 for preferred seating. Those raising $10,000 for the dinner got access to a photo reception as well, and those raising $15,000 to $25,000 were invited to a private roundtable with the former Massachusetts governor.

Among the event’s many co-chairs are 2010 Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman, now president and CEO of Hewlett-Packard, and her husband, Griff; Peter Magowan, former president and managing general partner of the San Francisco Giants, and his wife, Deborah; Sun Microsystems co-founder Scott McNealy and his wife, Susan; and Howard Leach, the former U.S. Ambassador to France, and his wife, Gretchen.

The candidate comes to the Bay Area even as four recent national polls show he’s no longer the frontrunner, but rather is trailing former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Romney earlier Wednesday addressed the Republican Jewish Coalition in Washington, D.C.

And Romney also Wednesday announced a new television ad he’s rolling out this week in Iowa and New Hampshire:


Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.