Mitt Romney was the first presidential candidate to raise over $1 million from Idahoans and last month crossed the $2 million mark, said his state finance chairman, Travis Hawkes.
An event set for the Sun Valley area Aug. 3 will extend the record.
"This is the first time he's come to Idaho as the nominee," Hawkes said Wednesday. "That opens up a new level of excitement. This event is only three months from the election and there's a whole new sense of urgency. We expect a really good turnout."
Hawkes will be in Jackson, Wyo., Thursday for a fundraiser that a Romney aide told the Washington Post will raise $2 million.
Thursday's event includes a reception at Teton Pines Country Club and a $30,000-per-couple dinner at the home of former Vice President Dick Cheney. "That's been a good event to help the Idaho numbers," Hawkes said. "I never have to make the case about how important the election is."
Hawkes said he can't disclose the goal for the Idaho event ahead of time, but may be able to say how much was raised afterward. Email invitations are out, though the exact location is yet to be determined, said Hawkes, who is president of Sports Fan Corp., which owns the Blue & Orange Store, Pro Image and Capz.
A reception will be held at 5 p.m. in either Sun Valley or Ketchum, with a $1,000-per-person contribution required. Hawkes said a high-dollar dinner may follow, but wasn't yet ready to discuss details.
There will be no public events for the Romney visit, but media access may be allowed, Hawkes said, adding that those calls are up to the campaign.
Romney held rallies in Idaho Falls and Boise before the March 6 presidential caucus, at which he won all 32 Idaho delegates. Romney has already held two fundraisers in Boise and one each in Sun Valley and Idaho Falls.
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