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Romney parties with big spending business magnates

Party Time must admit, when GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney parties, he parties hard, he parties strategically and he parties with some big shots.

It has been less than a week since President Barack Obama's last visit to the Golden State but Romney is already lined up for his chance to woo the big spenders on the Left Coast. He'll be mining for campaign dollars in the states of California and Oregon between June 1 and 4, before heading south to Texas on June 6. On July 12 he is scheduled to travel westward again, this time just short of the coast, to party with former Vice Pres. Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne, in Wyoming. These parties, six of them in total (that Party Time knows of so far) are expected to draw in some big names, and big bucks for Romney's campaign.

On Friday afternoon, Romney will be hosting a luncheon in honor of his Romney Victory, Inc. campaign in Riverside, Calif. The $1,000 to $25,000 event is expected to be attended by various Romney supporters including American business magnate and entrepreneur-philanthropist Duane Roberts and his wife, Kelly.

Roberts founded the Entrepreneurial Corporate Group, comprising of Entrepreneurial Properties Corporation and DR.R. Properties, Inc.. The combine owns more than 10,000 apartment units in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas among other states. Roberts is also the owner of  the historic Mission Inn, which is known for hosting the wedding of future president and first lady Richard and Patricia Nixon. Roberts and his wife also have connections with Pepperdine University in California as donors to the School of Law Dean's Chair. According to data downloaded from Sunlight's Influence Explorer, the couple has donated more than $2 million to Republican candidates and causes, including of course, Romney himself since 1990.

Later Friday evening, Romney Victory, Inc. will be the beneficiary of a cocktail reception at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach. Tickets for this event start at $2,500 and go up to $25,000. The Roberts are also expected to attend this event, along with former ambassador to Spain (appointed under Bush), George Argyros and his wife, Julia. Argyros made most of his money in real estate and investments. The Argyros are also big Republican donors giving more than $1 million to candidates and committees since 1990, according to Influence Explorer.

On Saturday, Romney will venture into San Diego with his wife, Ann, for a reception hosted by former Gov. Pete and Gale Wilson and Reps. Duncan Hunter, Darrell Issa and Brian Bilbray, all from California. In February, Wilson was named Honorary California Campaign Chair for Romney -- a move that could complicate Romney's efforts to woo the Latino vote, given Wilson's association with a controversial (and ultimately court-overturned) effort to block social services for illegal immigrants in California.

Romney is then expected to stray a little further north to Oregon for a luncheon reception costing between $2,500 and $5,000 on Monday. Telecom pioneer Craig McCaw is expected to attend this event. He and his wife Susan have also given more than $1 million to the Republican party since 1990, according to Influence Explorer.

After this spree in the west, Romney will travel south to Texas for a Wednesday luncheon in San Antonio. Party Time doesn't have record of the cost of this event or the hosts that are expected to be there.

Finally, a month later in July, Romney will be in Wyoming with the Cheneys for a reception and dinner. There is currently no record of the ask for this event either. If you have the invites to either the Texas or Wyoming parties, slip them to us here.

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