Romney raising funds in Seattle area

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SEATTLE (AP) -- Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney is raising funds Monday in the Seattle area and giving Spokane Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers a leadership role in his campaign.

State Republican Party Chairman Kirby Wilbur told The Seattle Times (http://is.gd/NI8PHT ) the fundraiser would be at a private home in the Bellevue area but the campaign is keeping details secret. An earlier "save the date" invitation described the event as a $2,500 per person reception with a VIP reception and photo opportunity for $10,000. Romney last visited Washington in March for a private fundraiser and a campaign rally in Bellevue.

Romney also announced Monday that McMorris Rodgers would lead his campaign team in the U.S. House. McMorris Rodgers, now in her fourth term in Congress, also co-chairs the Romney campaign in Washington.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com