The price of admission ranged from $250 for donors under age 35 to $100,000 for couples who wished to be designated “founding partners.” Jon Hammes, finance chairman for the Mitt Romney campaign in Wisconsin, told the crowd the event had netted $2.8 million.
The fundraiser came two days after President Obama made an appearance on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. A Marquette University Law School poll released last week showed Mr. Obama with an 11-point lead over Mitt Romney in Wisconsin.
Obamas finally celebrate their 20th anniversary
The Obamas arrived at Bourbon Steak in the Georgetown section of Washington on Saturday night for a dinner to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary. The couple’s actual wedding date was on Wednesday, the day of the first presidential debate in Denver.
During the debate, the president wished his wife a happy anniversary and reminded her “a year from now” they wouldn’t be marking the occasion in front of millions of viewers. Republican nominee Mitt Romney congratulated Mr. Obama, joking that the debate stage was “the most romantic place you could imagine — here with me.”
ROSEMONT — Vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan told supporters in President Obama’s home state their contributions will help Republicans define the “very clear choice” for voters in the final weeks before Election Day.
Speaking at a fundraiser in suburban Chicago, Mr. Ryan said the president is trying to “throw the kitchen sink” at GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and “muddle and confuse” voters. He also accused Mr. Obama of distorting Mr. Romney’s record and said the president’s campaign is outspending the GOP ticket on television advertising in some key states.
Mr. Ryan told attendees their support will “give us the resources we need to make sure he doesn’t get away with it.”
Tickets to the event at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare ranged from $2,500 to $75,800 per person. The campaign said about 260 people attended.
• From wire dispatches and staff reports