Mitt Romney returns to Mass. for fundraiser

WASHINGTON—Mitt Romney returns to Massachusetts on Thursday night for a fundraiser at the home of a former colleague at Bain Capital, a firm that has increasingly been under the spotlight in the presidential race.

The former Massachusetts governor, following a major speech Wednesday in Washington and a morning event Thursday in West Philadelphia, is planning to attend the fundraiser at the Chestnut Hill home of John and Stephanie Connaughton.

John Connaughton is a managing director of Bain Capital, and has been a member of the firm since 1989, while his wife, Stephanie, is director of emerging technology at Gillette.

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Romney’s career at Bain Capital—and some of the decisions he made to shrink some companies, while growing others—have been spotlighted in recent days in the presidential race. President Obama has run ads criticizing some of his decisions, while Romney has pointed to his experience there to justify his economic know-how.

Connaughton, reached Thursday evening by phone as donors mingled in the background, declined to comment on his support for Romney or how much the fundraiser was expected to raise.

Romney raised $3.8 million from Massachusetts during his 2008 campaign. By the end of April, he had raised $4.5 million for this campaign.

He has gotten donations from a range of prominent Bay State residents. Danny Ainge, Boston Celtics general manager; philanthropist David G. Mugar, and former Republican gubernatorial nominee Charlie Baker all donated the maximum $2,500 contribution during Romney’s primary campaign.