Mitt Romney to hold several big-money fund-raisers on Cape and Islands

WASHINGTON—Mitt Romney is holding several high-dollar fund-raisers in Massachusetts this weekend, expecting to bring in $4.5 million on the Cape and Islands from a series of events with top Republican donors, including fossil fuel magnate and Osterville summer resident William Koch.

Romney will spend much of Saturday raising money, starting with an early lunch event on Martha’s Vineyard and ending with a dinner on Nantucket. In between, Romney will head to Osterville for a reception at the home of Ruth Ann and Bill Carey, and a VIP event at the home of Bill and Bridget Koch, according to a copy of the invitation obtained by the Globe.

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Koch—whose better-known brothers, David and Charles, have been major financial backers of the groups supporting the Tea Party movement—has been one of the top contributors to Restore Our Future, the super PAC that supports Romney. William Koch also helped bankroll the opposition to the Cape Wind energy project.

At each fund-raising stop, there will be several ways to meet Romney. In Osterville, for example, there is a “photo reception” for those who have raised $25,000 per person or contributed $10,000. After that, there is a reception for those who donate $2,500. The VIP reception is only for those who have raised or contributed $50,000.

Among those who are hosting the Osterville events are: Bill Bain, who founded Bain and Company; former lieutenant governor Kerry Healey; and Bob Maginn, chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party.

One person involved with the fund-raising said much of the money would come from Massachusetts donors, although some of the events on Nantucket and the Vineyard will feature major donors from New York and Connecticut. The donor, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the figures were exceeding expectations. They were originally expecting $1 million from the Osterville events, for example, but now are planning $1.7 million.

“It’s so real, it’s so close,” the donor said. “The guy’s the nominee of the party, he’s got a chance, and he’s a guy we’ve known for a long time.”