National polls suggest that Republican primary voters are not yet sold on Mitt Romney, but the Pennsylvania money is flowing his way.
On Friday, Romney is scheduled to attend a reception at The Rittenhouse hotel that organizers expect to raise about $300,000 for his campaign. Last week, Romney gathered $220,000 from donors at a lunch in Pittsburgh, said attorney Charles Kopp, the state campaign chairman for the former Massachusetts governor.
According to an invitation for the event, those who raise $10,000 or more will meet privately at 5:30 p.m., with Romney, followed by a reception and photo op price at $2,500 a ticket, and a $1,000-per-person general reception.
Among the co-hosts for the event are GOP fundraisers Pat Deon, Jim Shacklett, William R. Sasso and Ira Lubert.
Over the past couple of months, many leading Pennsylvania Republicans have gravitated to Romney, citing him as the party’s strongest potential candidate in moderate swing areas such as the Philadelphia suburbs.
“We’re very happy with Mitt Romney’s showing in Pennsylvania, and we expect to do even better in the future when electability becomes the prime consideration for voters,” Kopp said.
President Obama's re-election campaign and national Democrats have recently stepped up their criticism of Romney, a sign that they consider him the most likely opponent. For instance, Democrats seized on a remark by Romney in Nevada, with the nation's highest foreclosure rate, in which he suggested the solution to the housing crisis was to let the market "hit bottom."
"Mitt Romney is woefully out of touch," said Mike Czin, spokesman for the Democratic National Committee. "He is nothing more than a failed one-term governor who...wants to double down on the failed policies of the past that put Wall Street ahead of Main Street."