Sunlight Foundation Reporting Group: Hundreds of DC insiders descend on pricey Romney policy talks, reception

For a candidate who says he hasn’t spent a lot of time in Washington, Mitt Romney seems comfortable around D.C. insiders — at least judging by the droves he drew to fundraisers and exclusive huddles in the nation’s capital on Thursday.

Hundreds of deep-pocketed Romney supporters, who paid thousands of dollars apiece, flocked to the J.W. Marriott Hotel, just blocks from the White House the GOP presidential candidate hopes to occupy. At least some may have been hoping that the price of admission would include a ticket to join Romney there.

The event attracted influential lobbyists, businesspeople and politicians and was expected to raise $1 million, according to a Romney fundraiser. The Romney campaign did not return an email asking confirmation of the take and the number of attendees.

The guests of the policy roundtables included Sens. Scott Brown, R-Mass., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, along with former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff and former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott. Freshman Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., was also at the fundraiser.

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