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Romney Attends Final Fundraiser of Campaign

Jin Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images(PALM BEACH, Fla.) -- After more than a year of attending finance events across the country, from California to Texas to New York, Saturday night marked Mitt Romney’s final campaign fundraiser, an aide confirmed to ABC News.

The final event came on the same day that the candidate’s FEC filings were made public for October, showing that Romney raised $77.7 million in September and has more than $63 million in cash on hand.

To date, Romney has raised more than $361 million for his campaign compared with the President’s $567 million, according to Bloomberg News.

Romney attended the final fundraiser at two different homes in the tony Palm Beach area, where driveways are often too long to spot the home’s front doors, and where waterfront properties are the norm.

The final fundraiser was split between the homes of Dwight and Martha Schar and Wilbur and Hilary Ross.

Schar is a part-owner of the Washington Redskins and is the founder of NVR, a Fortune 500 homebuilding company. Ross is an investment banker.

It was at a Palm Beach fundraiser that Romney’s now infamous 47 percent comments were secretly recorded during a finance event in May.

Romney’s final finance event was closed to the press, as were many of them during the campaign, leading to no final tally of the number of fundraisers Romney has attended in total. To be sure, Romney has likely attended hundreds since announcing his candidacy in June 2011.

With an evening fundraiser at the JW Marriott Marquis in Miami, Fla., Oct. 11, President Obama topped 222 re-election fundraisers since announcing his bid for a second term in April 2011, ABC News’ Devin Dwyer reported.

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Obama to Attend ‘Final’ Campaign Fundraiser

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama on Thursday will attend what has been billed as his “final finance event” of the 2012 campaign, closing out a record-shattering run both in total number of events and sums raised.

With an evening fundraiser at the JW Marriott Marquis in Miami, Fla., Obama will top 222 re-election fundraisers since announcing his bid for a second term in April 2011.  He has spent more time fundraising than any incumbent president -- more than double the time spent by his predecessor President George W. Bush, who held 86 re-election fundraisers during his first term.

“I can’t believe I am sending this email. The final finance event with President Obama is here,” Obama’s national finance committee wrote supporters in an email obtained by Politico and confirmed by ABC News.  “‘Estamos Unido | We are One: An Evening with President Barack Obama.’  This event is the last opportunity for your friends, family and colleagues to hear from our president directly and join our cause.  We need your help to make sure it is a truly national event and a culminating moment of unity that celebrates our incredible work.”

The gala will feature a performance by rock percussionist Sheila E. and be emceed by actress Eva Longoria, according to the Obama campaign.  It’s expected to raise north of $350,000 for the Obama Victory Fund through ticket sales to roughly 700 supporters.

The contributions will give a lift to the already cash-flush campaign as it heads into the final weeks before Election Day.  Last month, Obama and Democrats reported raising $181 million, just shy of the all-time monthly fundraising record of $193 million set by Obama and Democrats in 2008.  Their campaign is on pace to top $1 billion raised for the election cycle -- a new record.

Presidential historians and political scientists attribute the fundraising spike to the rising costs of campaigns; contribution limits that are low relative to those costs; and the abandonment of the public financing system.  Obama is the first incumbent to reject public financing for a general election campaign.

Experts also point out that Obama has been under pressure to compete against pro-GOP outside groups that had pledged and raised hundreds of millions of dollars to defeat him.

Obama will now turn his focus entirely to campaigning in the swing states, aides say, wasting no time on private fundraisers that have sometimes filled his schedule over the past few weeks.  This does not mean Democrats will stop raising cash, however.  Their online contribution system, which has already proven highly lucrative, will continue to operate 24/7.

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Obama Jokes About His Debate Performance

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- President Obama got in on the act Sunday night, joining a long line of commentators and comedians who have poked fun at his lackluster debate performance last week.

Speaking to 6,000 supporters at the star-studded “30 Days to Victory” gala at the Nokia Theatre, Obama praised the performers that came before him, including Jon Bon Jovi, Earth Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, Katy Perry and Jennifer Hudson.

“They just perform flawlessly, night after night,” he said.  “I can’t always say the same.”

Obama quickly launched into his standard stump speech, but later reminisced about his 2008 campaign, admitting he had made some mistakes and “goofed up” at times, but that “the American people carried us forward.”

As he enters the final stretch to Election Day, the president is spending two days fundraising on the West Coast, where he is expected to rake in at least $9.5 million for his campaign coffers.

Earlier Sunday night, Obama spent more than two hours at an intimate “thank you event” for a group of 12 donors and former President Bill Clinton at the home of Hollywood producer and DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg.

The president was scheduled to cap his night with a glitzy $25,000 per person dinner with 150 supporters at celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s WP24 restaurant.

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Who Recorded Mitt Romney '47 Percent' Tape?

Oli Scarff/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Before a May 17 fundraising dinner at a Florida mansion, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told the reporters who'd been tailing him on the campaign trail that he was sorry they couldn't follow him inside.

"Too bad you can't come to the fundraisers," Romney told reporters.

While the journalists were left outside, however, someone inside the lavishly catered dinner decided to do a little freelance reporting, creating the latest viral recording to jar a national political campaign.

A camera secretly recorded Romney from a serving table at the edge of the room as he addressed an audience of 40 or 50 at the $50,000-a-plate event, delivering remarks that would make headlines four months later. Romney dismissed Obama supporters as entitled "victims."

"There are 47 percent who are with him," said Romney, "who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what."

Romney also joked that he'd have an easier path to victory if his father, who was born in Mexico, was actually Latino. "Had he been born of Mexican parents, I would have a better shot of winning this thing."

The camera rolled for 49 and a half minutes. Whoever recorded Romney's remarks then provided the tape to Mother Jones magazine, which published the full video on its website Tuesday.

Monika Bauerlein, co-editor of Mother Jones, told ABC News she would not disclose the identity of the magazine's source.

"This is somebody that, as people would be, was excited about being in the room with a presidential candidate," said Bauerlein. She said the tape "did not come from opposition researchers or a political campaign."

James Carter IV, grandson of the former president and a political researcher, found the first posted snippet of the video on the Internet and put Mother Jones in touch with the video's source. Carter told MSNBC Tuesday that "it would be fair to assume" that the videographer was not one of the wealthy donors who'd paid $50,000 to eat dinner with Mitt Romney.

The video is shot across the top of a marble-topped table that is apparently being used to serve wine and ice, with a clear view in between various pitchers and decanters. A short stack of bar napkins is visible to the left. About four minutes into the tape, the camera angle is adjusted, and a pitcher on the right is moved out of the way. Later, a wine decanter on the right is maneuvered out of the shot.

At one point, a waitress can be heard placing an order with the bartender, saying, "Four martini glasses, please." The back story of how and why the tapes were made and worked their way to the mainstream media provides a rare look at an increasingly common political tactic, according to Democratic strategist Doug Thornell.

"I think one of the most influential, important developments in campaigns over the last ten years is the viral video that catches a candidate," said Democratic consultant Doug Thornell.

The Romney tapes were first posted on line on YouTube on May 31, two weeks after the speech, by a new user with and account called "Romney Exposed."

But the clip including Romney's comment about the 47 percent was not among the first posted and it wasn't until last month that an excerpt about Chinese labor conditions and Bain began to get limited notice. In the clip, Romney recounts going to China "to buy a factory there."

Democratic party operatives began to take notice in August, including those who work in Washington at American Bridge, a super PAC with the mission of recording virtually every word Romney or Ryan says, looking for a possible slip-up.

According to Rodell Mollineau, president of American Bridge, "It just needs to be uploaded to YouTube, one person sees it, sends it to four or five other people, it gets Tweeted out and the next thing you know you've got millions of people seeing this."

But then late in August Mother Jones magazine was put in touch with the videographer by James Carter. The magazine's editors realized the potential impact of the now-infamous 47 percent clip, which had previously gone unnoticed.

"Once we had the full tape, which was several weeks ago, it jumped out at us immediately," said Bauerlein. "But [we] needed to take some time to really make sure we had a story that was completely solid. You know, verify it, fact check, do additional reporting."

Romney is hardly the first politician to be tripped up by remarks not intended to be public.

Republicans scored a similar coup four years ago when a blogger caught Obama on tape at a private fundraising event, talking about the members of the conservative right.

Obama told his audience in San Francisco that "it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."

Under Florida law it is a crime, a felony, to secretly record someone who has a reasonable expectation they are not being recorded. But many say anyone running for president should always expect that they may be recorded by someone, somehow.

"The thing that candidates have to worry about is that every event that they're at, there's no such thing as off the record anymore," said Doug Thornell. "These are moments that campaigns live for. And certainly in this instance, Mitt Romney provided Democrats with a gold mine of rhetoric."

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Obama Hoops-Themed Fundraisers to Net Millions

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The campaign money trail for President Obama will cut through a basketball court in Manhattan Wednesday night.

A trio of hoops-themed fundraisers, hosted by Michael Jordan and other current and former NBA stars, is expected to net at least $3 million for Obama and the Democrats, according to figures provided by his campaign.

The “Obama Classic” includes a $250 per-person autograph signing event, a $5,000 skills camp and shoot-around, and a $20,000 per-plate dinner co-hosted by Jordan and 120 guests.  The events are slated to take place in various venues at Lincoln Center.

Carmelo Anthony, Patrick Ewing, Sheryl Swoopes, Kyrie Irving and Alonzo Mourning -- among other players -- are expected to attend, the campaign said in an email to supporters last month.

Obama is expected to join the stars on the court for part of the event, although campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki was coy when asked for details.

“The president does love basketball, but I don’t have anything to report yet,” she told reporters on Tuesday.

“I’ll just say I feel pretty good about … how the president is going to play tomorrow [Wednesday],” she said.  “He is playing with some NBA heroes.  So I don’t want to overbuild it.”

While Obama largely holds the support of NBA players, including Vince Carter, who hosted the president at his Florida home in February, Mitt Romney has the majority support of team owners, according to the basketball blog HoopsHype.

The site also found that Romney holds an overall edge in fundraising within the pro-basketball community, collecting $71,000 from 16 donors compared with $67,950 from 23 donors for Obama.  The data was compiled from the Center for Responsive Politics and Federal Election Commission.

With Wednesday evening's events, Obama will eclipse 204 re-election fundraisers since launching his campaign in April 2011 -- a record-smashing amount of time spent fundraising by an incumbent.

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Sheldon Adelson May Stop By Romney Jerusalem Fundraiser

Jerome Favre/Bloomberg via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Mitt Romney may have quite the high-profile guest at his Jerusalem fundraiser. A donor to Romney who helped plan the presumptive GOP nominee’s trip to Israel tells ABC News that Sheldon Adelson will be at his home in Israel and may stop by.

Adelson’s spokesperson Ron Reese tells ABC News they won’t comment on his travel schedule, but did point out that the Las Vegas Sands is reporting its quarterly earnings today, meaning Adelson is in Las Vegas.

The donor is close friends with both Romney and Adelson. Adelson and his wife, Miriam–who is from Israel– have given at least $10 million to the pro-Romney superPAC Restore Our Future. They also gave $20 million to a superPAC supporting Newt Gingrich during the primary campaign. He has vowed to spend $100 million to defeat President Obama.

The fundraiser was supposed to be on Sunday night, July 29, after the Jewish holiday of Tish a B’av, a day of fasting and mourning in Judaism and the saddest on the Jewish calendar. It has now been moved to Monday at 7:45 a.m. at the King David Hotel.

The famous hotel located in the center of Jerusalem is walking distance from the Western Wall. The event will be small, with only about 20 to 30 attendees, and it is expected to last until 10 a.m., according to the donor planning the breakfast. The price tag is $50,000 per couple or $100, 000 raised.  Only American citizens can donate to campaigns and most of the attendees will be Americans living in Israel or visiting at the time.

Romney is currently in London, but is expected to land in Israel Saturday night, give a major foreign policy speech on Sunday in Jerusalem, as well as meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whom he’s known since the 1970s when they worked together at the Boston Consulting Group. They are expected to dine together Sunday evening.  Romney will also meet with President Shimon Peres, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, and U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro.

The New York Times reported Monday that Adelson is behind  the Republican Jewish Coalition’s new multi-million dollar advertising blitz targeting Jewish voters in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

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Romney Puts Partisanship Aside in Wake of Colorado Shooting

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Mitt Romney Sunday evening pledged to be “less partisan” at a high-dollar fundraiser, the first he’s attended since the Colorado shooting that claimed 12 lives, telling a group of about 250 supporters that he would trade his usual jabs at the president for a renewed focus on his own vision for America.

“I will note that my remarks here today will not be as partisan as normal and instead I am going to talk about my vision for the country, in part keeping with the seriousness and the thoughts of the day,” Romney said at the event held at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.

“We obviously have heavy hearts,” Romney said, referring to the aftermath of last week’s deadly shooting.  “It is a reminder of loss, a loss of young minds and youthful voices and souring spirits lost senselessly and thoughtlessly.  We turn to a power greater than our own to understand purpose and if not to understand at least to be able to soothe the wounds of those who have been so seriously hurt.”

Romney, whose campaign has pulled advertising from the Colorado airwaves since the tragedy, dedicated a previously scheduled campaign event in New Hampshire on Friday to a statement on the incident, forgoing his regular stump speech and instead offering his condolences.

On Sunday evening, the event began with a moment of silence, and Romney offered his approval of President Obama’s decision to visit families in Aurora, Colo., earlier Sunday.

“I appreciate you convening a moment of silence, our hearts are with the many people who have lost loved ones in Colorado and other places, but particularly we are thinking of the people in Aurora, Colorado and the tragedy that occurred there, the senseless killing there,” said Romney.  “I know the president will be there before he’ll be here in San Francisco visiting with families and the victims, which is the right thing for the president to be doing on this day.  I appreciate that.”

Romney’s first campaign event is scheduled for Monday, where he will hold a small business roundtable in Costa Mesa, Calif.  Obama will also get back on the stump Monday, campaigning in Nevada and California.

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President Obama Wants to Be ‘Pioneer of Insourcing’

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages(AUSTIN, Texas) -- President Obama said Tuesday evening he wants to be a “pioneer of insourcing,” in contrast to his opponent, Mitt Romney, who Obama and his campaign are attempting to characterize as a “pioneer of outsourcing.”

“I believe in making things here in America and I believe in inventing things here in America, and Gov. Romney his main calling card for running for office is his business experience, and so understandably American people have been asking, ‘Well, let’s find out what you’ve been doing,’” Obama said to a crowd packed into the Austin Music Hall.

“If your main experience is investing in companies that are called pioneers of outsourcing, then that indicates that we’ve got a different vision because I don’t want to be a pioneer of outsourcing,” he said, standing before a giant American flag and an oversized Texas flag to his right at his third fundraiser of the day in Texas.  “I want to be a pioneer of insourcing.”

Over the past month, the Obama campaign has hammered Romney for his connection to Bain Capital, accusing him of being at the helm of the company while it invested in companies that shipped jobs overseas.

The crowd, which stood shoulder to shoulder in the music venue, responded with loud applause when Obama repeated his support of LGBT issues, spoke about immigration and lauded the Supreme Court’s decision on healthcare.

“We are not rolling back healthcare reform.  The Supreme Court has spoken and we are moving forward,” Obama said to loud cheers and applause.  “If you’ve got healthcare, the only thing that now happens to you -- you’re not paying a tax.  The only thing that’s happening to you is that you have more security because insurance companies can’t jerk you around.”

Obama also pledged not to end funding to Planned Parenthood, an assurance with additional meaning in Texas as the state is locked in a court battle over whether Planned Parenthood should be included in the Women’s Health Program.

Reflecting on his early campaigns in Illinois and his 2008 run, Obama reminded voters of a promise he made to them that despite not being a perfect president, he vowed to look out for their best interests.

“In 2008 I tried to just make promises I could keep, and one of those promises I said to you -- I’m not a perfect man.  I promise you, talk to Michelle now.  I’m not a perfect man,” Obama told the crowd as they laughed.  “I said I wouldn’t be a perfect president but what I said was that I would always tell you where I stood.  I’d always tell you what I thought, and I would spend every single waking hour, as long as I have the privilege of being your president, fighting for you, thinking about you because in you I saw me.”

After appearing in San Antonio earlier on Tuesday, Obama closed out his Texas fundraising spree with two events in Austin -- the public event for 1,100 people at Austin Music Hall priced at $250 a head and a private fundraiser at the home of Tom Meredith, a former Dell executive, at the Four Seasons Residences, costing $25,000 a couple, according to campaign officials.  He is expected to raise more than $4 million on this one-day trip.

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Romney, Supporters Headed to Fundraiser at Cheney’s Wyoming Retreat

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Mitt Romney is heading to Jackson Hole, Wyo., on Thursday for a fundraiser hosted by a former VP, Dick Cheney (and wife Lynn). It’s the first time Gov. Romney and the former vice president will appear together in public.

Like any fundraiser, there are different levels for donors and therefore access to the presumptive GOP nominee, as well as Cheney. The main event is at the beautiful Teton Pines Country Club, with its sweeping views of the Teton Mountains. The minimum donation for the general reception is $2,500 per person. For those who donate $50,000 or $100,000 per couple, they will not only get to have dinner with Cheney and Romney but are also invited to the host committee reception and will become a Founding Member of Romney Victory. For $5,000 each, an attendee is invited to a photo reception with the two. For those who’d like dinner, that’s $30,000 apiece, $60,000 per couple.

The Cheneys aren’t the only hosts: Cheney friends Dick and Maggie Scarlett and Allan and Frances Tessler. Dick Scarlett is chairman and CEO of United Bancorporation of Wyoming. Allan Tessler is the former CEO of Data Broadcasting Corporation as well as a venture capitalist. Cheney’s daughter Liz will also attend, as will Bob Grady, a venture capitalist and investment banker based in Jackson Hole.

Other notable attendees are Lynn Friess and Steve Friess, wife and son of former mutual fund manager Foster Friess, who bankrolled Rick Santorum’s superPAC during the primary, The Red, White, and Blue Fund. Despite being a Jackson Hole resident, the Friesses are not hosting the event and Foster cannot attend because he’s traveling to the East Coast, according to his spokesperson Matthew Taylor.

This should not be interpreted as not supporting the presumptive GOP nominee, though.  Taylor said the Friesses have maxed out the federal election contribution amount to the joint Romney-RNC Victory Fund, $75,000 each. That’s not all: Taylor also told ABC News Friess made a six-figure contribution to the pro-Romney superPAC Restore our Future last month. Taylor would not narrow down the amount from six figures. The Federal Election Committee filing will reveal the full amount later this month.

The Romney campaign beat the Obama campaign in fundraising for the second month in a row last month, besting them by $35 million. Romney raised $106 million in June to Obama’s $71 million; Obama has had a schedule filled with fundraisers as well as the countdown to November continues.

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Dick Cheney to Host Romney at Wyoming Fundraiser

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Mitt Romney is heading to Jackson Hole, Wyo., on Thursday for another high-dollar fundraiser.  But this isn’t just with Wall Street executives or those vying to be his running mate.

Instead, the fundraiser will be hosted by former Vice President Dick Cheney, and those coughing up $30,000 each to dine with Cheney and his wife, Lynn, at their Jackson Hole residence, according to the invitation.

The event is also hosted by Cheney's friends Dick and Maggie Scarlett, and Allan and Frances Tessler.  Dick Scarlett is chairman and CEO of United Bancorporation of Wyoming.  Allan Tessler is the former CEO of Data Broadcasting Corporation as well as a venture capitalist.  Cheney’s daughter Liz will also attend.

Sources familiar with the planning of the event said they originally expected 50 couples, but now have about 230 couples attending.  Although the fundraiser is completely different from Romney’s Utah confab earlier this month, this event is also attracting donors from all over the country who want to make a trip out of it.  The Grand Teton Music Festival, a classical music festival, is also going on in Jackson Hole.

Like most Romney and Republican National Committee joint fundraisers, there are different levels for donors and therefore access to the presumptive GOP nominee, as well as Cheney.  The main event is at the Teton Pines Country Club.  The minimum donation for the general reception is $2,500 per person.

For those who donate $50,000 or $100,000 per couple, they will not only get to have dinner with Cheney and Romney but will also be invited to the host committee reception and will become a Founding Member of Romney Victory.  For $5,000 each, an attendee is invited to a photo reception with the two.

Romney has not appeared in public with Cheney during the campaign nor with President George W. Bush.  He did meet with President H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush in Houston in March, and Mrs. Bush even recorded robo-calls for Romney during the primary.

Another notable attendee is Lynn Friess, wife of former mutual fund manager Foster Friess, who bankrolled Rick Santorum’s superPAC during the primary, The Red, White, and Blue Fund.  Despite being a Jackson Hole resident, the Friesses are not hosting the event and Foster cannot attend because he’s traveling to the East Coast, according to his spokesperson.

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