Romney Fundraiser Hosted by Idaho Gov Butch Otter, Senator Jim Risch, George Argyros, Other Notables

Mountain bikers take advantage of the dirt roads in Ketchum, Idaho. Mitt Romney will attend a fundraiser with Governor Butch Otter and supporters in the scenic Gem State town today. Aug 19, 2011

Governor Romney continues his hard work through the intermountain west today. As busy as he is, he’s got to love the rugged surroundings he finds himself in. He’ll be meeting Governor Butch Otter and other notables for lunch today in scenic Ketchum, Idaho:

Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney will make his second fund-raising trip to Idaho in two months — a $2,500 photo op and a $500 lunch at the Ketchum vacation home of a California investor.

Bob Beyer, a former Wall Street investment banker, is hosting the event with his wife, Catherine, on Old Mill Road in Ketchum.

In the second quarter of 2011, Romney raised 80 percent of all the presidential contributions made by Idahoans, about $215,000. His June trip featured a breakfast in Boise and lunch in Idaho Falls.

The Aug. 19 event is likely to include more givers with legal addresses in other states, who flock to their Wood River Valley vacation homes in August, often bringing friends.

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Among today’s hosts:

George Argyros, former ambassador to Spain and former owner of the Seattle Mariners; Spencer Eccles, former First Security Corp. CEO; Carol and Earl Holding, who own Sinclair Oil and the Sun Valley Co.; former Navy Secretary John Lehman; Rock Schnabel, co-founder of Trident Capital and former ambassador to Finland; and former Los Angeles Mayor Dick Riordan.

GOP Gov. Butch Otter and Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, are also supporting the event.

The Gov will travel to northern Utah later today.

Sawtooth Wilderness Area, Ketchum Idaho

► Jayde Wyatt

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