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Mitt Romney offering perks in his bid for major donors

A race to match Obama fund-raising

WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney is aggressively trying to coax high-dollar donors from the sidelines, offering incentives of special access and recognition to his top fund-raisers, as he plays catch-up to President Obama in the race for money.

Those who contribute $50,000 and join the ranks of “founders’’ will earn a retreat with Romney this summer in California. Romney’s campaign is also crafting several tiers - $100,000, $250,000, and $500,000 - of donors who bundle money from their friends. This layered system tracks one established by George W. Bush in his 2000 and 2004 campaigns to rank his top contributors with such names as “pioneers’’ and “rangers.’’

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