Travels of Former Gov. Mitt Romney—May 2012

Former Gov. Mitt Romney  |  President Barack Obama

During the month of May, Mitt Romney consolidated his position as the all-but-certain nominee.  The days when observers doubted whether he would be able to expand his support beyond 25-percent of the Republican electorate seemed distant indeed.  Romney went from being a candidate embroiled in a heated primary battle to a man who could actually be elected president of the United States. 

On May 2 in Washington, DC Romney thanked staff at the RNC and met with conservative bloggers; that same day Newt Gingrich announced he was suspending his campaign.  On May 5 Romney met for about 90 minutes with erstwhile rival Rick Santorum.  On May 14 Ron Paul announced he would not actively campaign in upcoming primaries.  Romney's May 23 trip to Washington, DC included meetings with Sen. Minority Leader McConnell and Sen. Rand Paul.  Although there were still primaries throughout the month (IN, NC and WV on May 8, NE and OR on May 15, AR and KY on May 22 and TX on May 29), Romney, in general election mode, largely ignored them.  On May 29 he cruised to a win in the Texas primary, gaining the 1,144 delegates needed for the nomination (+).   

A, or the, major focus in May was fundraising.  The campaign does not divulge much about fundraising events, but, reviewing news reports, one finds that throughout the month he attended more than 30 fundraisers, most notably a Florida swing May 16-17 that included at least six fundraising events raising a reported $10 million, a Connecticut/New York swing May 20-22 that was also expected to raise $10 million, a May 29 event with Donald Trump at the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas that raised $2 million, and a California swing that started at the end of the month.

Noteworthy appearances during the month included a commencement address at Liberty University on May 12, an education policy speech delivered to The Latino Coalition on May 23, and a press conference in front of the closed Solyndra headquarters on May 31.



New York, NY
Philadelphia, PA

Chantilly, VA
Washington, DC
Arlington, VA

Portsmouth, VA
Wheeling, WV

Pittsburgh, PA

no info.

no info.

Cleveland, OH
Indianapolis, IN

Lansing, MI

Fort Lupton, CO
Oklahoma City, OK
Nichols Hills, OK

Omaha, NE
Kansas City, MO

Charlotte, NC

Lynchburg, VA

no info.

no info.

Des Moines, IA
Winnetka, IL

Saint Petersburg,FL
Tampa, FL
Coral Gables, FL
Miami Beach, FL

Jacksonville, FL
Boca Raton, FL

Hillsborough, NH

Wolfeboro, NH

Greenwich, CT

New York, NY

New York, NY

Washington, DC

Philadelphia, PA
Boston, MA

no info.

La Jolla, CA

La Jolla, CA

San Diego, CA

Craig, CO
Las Vegas, NV

Sanger, CA
Bakersfield, CA
Hillsborough, CA

Fremont, CA
Los Angeles, CA

Note: This calendar is based on publicly available information from the campaign and news accounts.  The calendar above shows cities and towns.  The listing below includes impromptu stops and other details, again based on publicly available information.  See Rationale, Methodology and Limitations.

Tues. May 1, 2012
In New York, NY.
-The Romneys appear on “CBS This Morning.”
-The Romneys attend the memorial service for CBS News correspondent Mike Wallace at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
-?sequence? Romney has a private breakfast meeting with Mayor Michael Bloomberg at the Bloomberg Foundation offices.
-Romney and former Mayor Rudy Giuliani buy six pizzas at Joe's Pizza in Greenwich Village, bring them to the Engine 24, Ladder 5 firehouse on Sixth Avenue and Houston Street and have lunch with firefighters.
In the Philadelphia area.
-Fundraising reception at the Philadelphia Country Club in Lower Merion Township, PA. ($)
-Fundraiser at the home of real estate developer Mitch and Hilarie Morgan in Bryn Mawr, PA. ($)

Wed. May 2, 2012
-The Romneys do a morning campaign event at Exhibit Edge, a woman-owned company in Chantilly, VA.
-The Romneys visit RNC headquarters and thank the staff in Washington, DC.
-The Romneys meet off the record with conservative bloggers, reporters and columnists at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, DC.
-Roundtable meeting and evening fundraiser at the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City in Arlington, VA. ($)

Thurs. May 3, 2012
-Campaigns with Gov. Bob McDonnell and receives the endorsement of Rep. Michele Bachmann at Crofton Industries in Portsmouth, VA.
-Fundraiser hosted by Robert Murray, founder and chief executive officer of Murray Energy Corp., at the White Palace, Wheeling Park in Wheeling, WV. ($)

Fri. May 4, 2012
-Meets with Rick Santorum for about 90 minutes at John Brabender's office in the Mount Washington section of Pittsburgh, PA.
-Does a campaign event at Sauereisen in (O’Hara Township) Pittsburgh, PA.

Sat. May 5, 2012

no info.

Sun. May 6, 2012
no info.

Mon. May 7, 2012
-Town hall at Stamco in Euclid, just north of Cleveland, OH.
-Fundraiser at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, IN. ($)

Tues. May 8, 2012
-Event, introduced by Gov. Rick Snyder, at the Lansing Community College's Dart Auditorium in Lansing, MI.

Wed. May 9, 2012
-Event at K.P. Kauffman Company in Fort Lupton (about 30 mi. north of Denver), CO.
-Event with Gov. Mary Fallin at Oklahoma Republican Party headquarters in Oklahoma City, OK.
-Fundraiser hosted by Harold Hamm, CEO of Continental Resources, and his wife Sue at their home in Nichols Hills, OK. ($)

Thurs. May 10, 2012
-Fundraiser hosted by Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman at the Omaha Hilton in Omaha, NE. ($)
-Event at Rick’s Café Boatyard in Omaha, NE.
-Fundraiser at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City, MO. ($)

Fri. May 11, 2012
-Event at Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company in Charlotte, NC.

Sat. May 12, 2012

-Delivers commencement address at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. (+)

Sun. May 13, 2012
no info.

Mon. May 14, 2012
no info.

Tues. May 15, 2012
-Delivers address on the deficit and spending at Hotel Fort Des Moines ballroom in Des Moines, IA. (+)
-Fundraising dinner at the home of Aon plc (insurance) founder Pat and Shirley Ryan in Winnetka, IL. ($)

Wed. May 16, 2012
-Event at Mirror Lake Lyceum in Saint Petersburg, FL.
-Fundraising lunch hosted by developer Dick and Cornelia Corbett at their Avila Golf & Country Club home in Tampa, FL. ($)

Read more here:
-Fundraiser at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, FL. ($)
-Fundraising dinner at the home of Pat and Philip Frost, chairman of Teva Pharmaceutical, on (Star Island) Miami Beach, FL. ($)

Thurs. May 17, 2012
-Fundraiser at the Epping Forest Yacht Club in Jacksonville, FL. ($)
-Event at River City Brewing Company in Jacksonville, FL.
-Fundraising reception at Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton, FL. ($)
-Fundraising dinner hosted by Marc J. Leder, co-founder and co-CEO of Sun Capital Partners, Inc., a private equity firm, at his home in Boca Raton, FL. ($)

Fri. May 18, 2012
-Event at Sawyer Bridge in Hillsborough, NH.

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Sat. May 19, 2012
-Day off, summer home on Lake Winnipesaukee, and goes out alone on a boat, Wolfeboro, NH.

Sun. May 20, 2012
-Cocktail reception fundraiser at the home of venture capitalist L. Scott Frantz at his home in (Riverside) Greenwich, CT. ($)
Hosts a videoconference via Skype with donors in Hong Kong and Singapore. (reported by the Associated Press)

Mon. May 21, 2012
NBC News Garrett Haake reported Romney was to do six fundraising events in New York City, NY today; here are five reported by the New York Post:
-Breakfast at the Knickerbocker Club. ($)
-Luncheon at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City, NY. ($)
-Reception at the Yacht Club. ($)
-Dinner at the Mandarin hotel. ($)
-Event at the residence of hedge fund manager (Tiger Investments) and billionaire Julian Robertson. ($)

Tues. May 22, 2012
-Fundraising reception featuring Gov. Chris Christie at the Grand Hyatt (Park Ave. and Grand Central Terminal) in New York City, NY. ($)

Wed. May 23, 2012
-Delivers education speech at The Latino Coalition’s 2012 Annual Economic Summit Luncheon at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC.
-Also, per Washington Post's Philip Rucker, "several hours of fundraising and private meetings in DC today..."  CNN's Rachel Streitfiield reported Romney "attended a small fund-raising event" and met with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.  National Review's Robert Costa reported he met with Sen. Rand Paul for half an hour. ($)

Thurs. May 24, 2012
-Visits Universal Bluford Charter School in Philadelphia, PA.
-Fundraiser at the home of John and Stephanie Connaughton (he is a managing director of Bain Capital) in Boston, MA. ($)

Fri. May 25, 2012
no info.

Sat. May 26, 2012
-At their home in La Jolla, CA. 
(source: Michael Barbaro.  "The Candidate Next Door."  New York Times, June 6, 2012).

Sun. May 27, 2012
-At their home in La Jolla, CA. 
(source: Michael Barbaro.  "The Candidate Next Door."  New York Times, June 6, 2012).

Mon. May 28, 2012
-Holds a Memorial Day Tribute with Sen. John McCain at the Veterans Museum & Memorial Center in San Diego, CA.

Tues. May 29, 2012

-Closed press roundtable with local business owners at Best Western Plus Deer Park Inn and Suites, followed by event at Alice Pleasant Park in Craig, CO. (+)
-Meets with billionaire casino owner Sheldon Anderson in his office at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.
-Event at Somers Furniture in Las Vegas, NV.
-Fundraising reception with Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich at the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. ($)
-CNN reported "a smaller reception at a private residence afterwards." ($)

Wed. May 30, 2012
-Fundraising luncheon at the home of John Harris, owner of Harris Ranch near Sanger (Fresno Co.), CA. ($)
-Afternoon fundraiser at the home of Barbara Grimm-Marshall, co-owner of Grimmway Farms, in Bakersfield, CA. ($)
-The Romneys do a fundraiser at Chateau Carolands in Hillsborough, CA. ($)

Thurs. May 31, 2012
-Press conference in front of the closed Solyndra headquarters building in Fremont, CA.
-The Romneys visit former first lady Nancy Reagan at her home, where he receives her endorsement in Bel Air, Los Angeles, CA.
-Fundraising dinner at the home of Hyatt heir Anthony Pritzker in Beverly Hills, CA. ($)

Ann Romney

Thurs. May 10, 2012
-Fundraising reception at the Ocean Forest Club in Sea Island, GA. ($)

Wed. May 16, 2012
xx-???Fundraising lunch in Baton Rouge, LA. ($) ????not verified

Thurs. May 17, 2012

-Evening fundraising reception with Anita Perry at the home of Julie and Ben Crenshaw (the golfer) in Austin, TX. ($)

Fri. May 18, 2012
-Fundraising brunch and reception at Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver, CO. ($)

Mon. May 21, 2012
xx-???Evening fundraising reception at in St. George, UT. ($) ????not verified

May 30, 2012
-"Ladies luncheon" fundraiser at the home of Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers and his wife, Elaine in Palo Alto, CA. ($)

Romney for President working list of fundraising events from early in the month +