Elections 2012: In Unusual Move, Mitt Romney Closes Israeli Fundraiser To Reporters

Romney’s campaign is barring reporters from a fundraiser at Jerusalem’s King David Hotel without explaining why.

What will Romney be saying that he doesn’t want Americans at home to hear? Secret plans for war with Iran? Disparaging comments about the president while overseas? Support for Bush era personnel and agendas the American public dislike? More racist comments from his advisers? Photo: Aslan Media/Flickr

U.S. presidential nominee Mitt Romney intends to raise campaign money in private while in Israel, so what he tells wealthy American supporters abroad will be kept quiet from voters at home, reports The Huff Post.

Some of the Republican candidate’s wealthiest U.S. supporters plan to attend Monday’s fundraiser, including casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who’s donated millions to a group backing Romney and is a leading backer of Republican Jewish groups in the U.S.

Meanwhile, donors at the event were asked to contribute $50,000 or to raise $100,000. Romney advisers say the event is expected to raise more than $1 million.

According to Yahoo, Romney traveling press secretary Rick Gorka, asked to comment, simply said, “Closed press, closed press, closed press,” as he walked down the aisle of the candidate’s campaign plane during the flight from London to Tel Aviv.

Usually at U.S. events, Romney’s remarks to donors in communal spaces such as hotels are public.

For instanse, President Barack Obama allows reporters to hear his words at fundraisers. However, he generally bars them from listening to question-and-answer sessions with those in attendance. President Obama sometimes allows coverage of his remarks at events in private homes.

The Jerusalem fundraiser will be quite small, likely with about 50 attendees, giving Romney the chance to interact more personally than he does in many of the larger events.

Mitt Romney sometimes has given donors more policy specifics than he includes in his standard campaign speeches. For example, at a fundraiser this spring in Florida the candidate offered new details on how he might cut government and which deductions he might eliminate as part of his tax plan, which was overheard by reporters standing on a public sidewalk.

What is more, throughout his career and campaign, Romney has released information that the law demands, including the list of donors that the Federal Election Commission requires and financial disclosures that give a broad outline of up to $250 million in assets.

But, at the same time, Romney has repeatedly broken with the practice of presidential candidates in both parties in disclosing more.

Romney has refused to release the names of the fundraisers who tap friends and business networks to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for his campaign, and has said he’ll release only two years’ worth of tax returns.

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