1:52 pm Oct. 9, 2012
Paul Ryan will make his only fund-raising swing through New York City as the vice-presidential nominee on Monday, according to a series of invitations forwarded by a source.
An email circulated to potential co-hosts and donors described the events as Ryan's "first and final fundraisers" in the area, and the timing appears to coincide with a "fall retreat" that had been previously planned by the campaign.
Ryan will attend a luncheon hosted by Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman at the Waldorf Astoria, with a host committee comprised of other Blackstone executives. The asking price is the federal maximum contribution. (The invitation doesn't specify whether that's the $2,500 maximum to campaign accounts, or the much higher amount that can be given to campaigns plus victory funds.)
Later that afternoon, Ryan will attend a private roundtable discussion event at the Hilton, with an asking price of $10,000. The invitation notes that the event will replace an October 1 event at the home of Paul Singer, who is listed as a host, along with other prominent Republican bundlers like Daniel Loeb, Georgette Mosbacher, Wilbur Ross, and David Malpass.
After the roundtable, there's a less-exclusive cocktail reception, which features a 100-person host committee, with many of the co-hosts that have become regulars for Romney's local events. To attend the reception costs $1,000, or $5,000 for guests who would like a photo.
A source said there was also talk of an event on the USS Intrepid, and possibly a speech to be delivered there by Ryan.
Ryan makes his one and only trip to New York at an opportune time.
"The fact is that the donor base is incredibly excited," said one bundler involved with Monday's events. "A week ago we were all very worried. There was a fundraiser for a congressional person two weeks ago and half the Republicans in the room thought he was going to lose. That's how upset people were. Now we're almost back up to that high we had at the convention."
The Romney campaign could profit from turning that excitement into contributions. President Obama's campaign announced over the weekend that it had raised an eye-popping $181 million in September, dwarfing the previous monthly highs for either candidate.
The Romney campaign has yet to release its numbers for last month.
The bundler source said Romney made his last trip to New York a couple of weeks ago and does not have any plans to raise money here before Election Day.