Romney visiting Seattle backers, Microsoft group



SEATTLE (AP) — Mitt Romney’s campaign says he’ll speak to Microsoft employees Thursday afternoon in Redmond about trade policy.

The appearance will follow a fundraiser at a Seattle hotel as part of a Northwest swing that will take the Republican presidential hopeful to Portland on Friday.

A Microsoft spokesman told The Seattle Times the event is not an endorsement. Romney is speaking to the employees’ political action committee that invites all major candidates.

The Times reports the Seattle fundraising luncheon is sponsored by party and business leaders including former Spokane Congressman George Nethercutt, developer Martin Selig, wireless tycoons Bruce McCaw and John Stanton and former Microsoft executive John Connors.

Admission to the event is $500 per person and $1,250 for a photo reception.