Note: This blog's templates will be updated this afternoon to a responsive design bringing it in line with

At that time, we will also change to the Facebook commenting system. You will need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment.

« Gallery: Eric Tournay records 35 years of FL leadership | Main | Movers & Shakers: LobbyTools beefs up staff, Romney campaign hires Scott press aide »

Mitt Romney targets $8m on multi-city Florida fundraising swing.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is planning to hit up at least five fundraisers in Miami, Coral Gables, Tampa, Jacksonville and Boca Raton on Wednesday and Thursday of next week (May 16, 17).

Total fundraising goal: $5 million to $8 million for Romney Victory, Inc., a joint fundraising primarily composed of Romney’s campaign and the Republican National Committee.

The numbers may seem jaw dropping, but in a state where it costs at least $1 million a week to run a competitive ad campaign. Romney and the PAC supporting him spent at least $12 million in Florida’s January primary, a supporter says, and Republicans are bracing for President Obama to spend anywhere from $75 million to $100 million to win Florida, without which Romney can’t win the presidency (remember: Gov. Rick Scott spent about $76 million).

Those wishing to attend the photo-op VIP receptions at the various venues will have to drop $10,000 per person. The conventional receptions are $2,500 per person.

Those who want more access will have to drop $50,000 per person Wednesday for lunch at the Avila Golf & Country Club home of developer Dick and Cornelia Corbett in Tampa. Romney finishes the night at the Star Island manse of pharmaceutical magnate Phil and Pat Frost where dinner costs $50,000. In between, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. there’s a fundraiser at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables.

On Thursday, Romney begins the day at a to-be-determined fundraiser in Jacksonville from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. There’s a $50,000 lunch scheduled but no venue yet. From there, he heads to the Woodfield Country Club and then the home of Marc J. Leder of Sun Capital Partners in Boca Raton. Dinner: $50,000.