Mitt Romney was in Washington yesterday to raise money at the Mayflower Hotel, which led us to wonder who in town is supporting his nascent presidential campaign? He's got 23 congressmen listed on his invite, but there a lot of other powerful people rallying behind him. Here's a run-down of the power players on the fundraiser's Host Committee:
Jason Abend :: The executive director of the National Law Enforcement Recruiters Association and CEO of LawEnforcement.com.
Puneet Ahluwalia :: The CEO of Loans and Mortgages, LLC and treasurer of the Center for Multicultural Human Service.
Tomas Bilbao :: The executive director of the Cuban Study Group.
J.C. Boggs :: Partner at Blank Rome LLP and president of the Republican National Lawyers Association.
Brad Card :: Managing principal at the lobbying powerhouse Dutko Worldwide.
Roy Coffee :: Partner at Locke Liddell & Sapp.
Cesar Conda :: Principal at Navigators, a group of lobbyists, political strategists and public relations experts, and former adviser to Dick Cheney.
Vin Weber :: Managing partner of Clark & Weinstock's Washington office and served as the Bush-Cheney ’04 Plains States Regional Chairman.
Nate Gatten :: Former top banking aide to Utah Senator Bob Bennett and now a lobbyist for Fannie Mae.
Edward J. Gerety III :: Served as senior special advisor for the United States Interagency Council, has joined National Community Pharmacists Association as director of government relations.
Christopher Goode :: Now at Hyjek and Fix, he was director of administration for the 1995 Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission.
Taylor Gross :: Former White House spokesman; co-founder and principal of The Herald Group, LLC.
Laurence Fisher :: Partner at Dickstein, Shapiro.
Gregg Hartley :: Vice chair and chief operating officer for Cassidy & Associates.
Chris Lamond :: Senior vice president, Ogilvy Government Relations.
Nels Olson :: A major player on the scene, long-time managing director at Korn/Ferry International, the world's largest executive search firm.
Rick Powell :: Managing director of the powerful political firm Quinn Gillespie.
Sam Reid :: Consultant at Ninigret Partners.
Edward J. Shapiro :: Partner at the Washington office of Latham and Watkins.
Brett Shogren :: Former Tom Delay aide, now senior vice president of The Washington Group
Tim Stewart :: Partner at the lobbying firm Larson, Stewart, Myrick, and Link. A longtime Utah congressional staffer, Stewart served first as legislative director and later as chief of staff on the House Committee on Resources.
Andrew F. Wahlquist :: A partner at Alcalde & Fay, and former Chief of Staff to Virginia Senator John Warner.
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