WASHINGTON – On the eve of the Olympics, Mitt Romney is planning two separate fund-raising events in central London hosted by banking industry officials, according to copies of the invitations obtained by the Globe.
The events involve a reception — at a cost of $2,500 per person — and a high-dollar “private dinner with Governor Mitt Romney” that will cost $25,000 to $75,000 per person.
The Globe reported last week that Bob Diamond, who resigned as chief executive of Barclays bank, was no longer co-hosting one of the fund-raisers. The bank has been at the heart of a rate-fixing scandal.
Among those hosting the events is Patrick Durkin, a registered lobbyist for Barclays. Durkin, who has been a top Romney bundler of donations, is one of seven chairs for the reception and among the 13 co-chairs for the dinner.
Others involved in hosting the events are Dwight Poler, managing director at the European branch of Bain Capital, the firm Romney founded; Raj Bhattacharyya, managing director at Deutsche Bank; and Dan Bricken, a managing director at Wells Fargo Securities.
Among the others involved are Woody Johnson, the owner of the New York Jets; Eric Varvel, chief executive of investment banking for Credit Suisse; and Gregg Lemkau, who is the Goldman Sachs head of mergers and acquisitions for Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia-Pacific.
London is one of the world banking hubs, with many Americans involved in the securities and investment industries that Romney has courted. This is Romney’s second trip to London to raise money for his presidential campaign.
Only US citizens or green card holders are allowed to contribute to a presidential campaign. - MATT VISER
Michelle Obama will act as host in Pittsfield fund-raiser
Michelle Obama is planning a trip to Western Massachusetts to raise money for President Obama’s reelection campaign, including a $20,000-a-seat dinner with Governor Deval Patrick.
On Aug. 3, she will attend an afternoon fund-raising reception at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield. Singer James Taylor will perform, with tickets starting at $150.
She will also attend a campaign roundtable and dinner at the Richmond home of Patrick and his wife, Diane.
Both President Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney have relied on Massachusetts donors to bulk up their campaign coffers. - ASSOCIATED PRESS
Biden asserts that Romney is secretive about tax records
LAS VEGAS — Vice President Joe Biden denounced Mitt Romney Tuesday as a candidate with something to hide.
Biden, campaigning for Obama in the battleground state of Nevada, told Hispanic leaders that Romney does not live up to the openness that his father represented when he ran for president 44 years ago.
The vice president said Romney’s father, George, released 12 years of tax returns when he unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination in 1968.
Biden told the conference of the national Council of La Raza that Romney has released only one year of his tax returns, adding: ‘‘Making a lie of the old adage: Like father, like son.’’
The remarks underscored Obama’s latest effort to portray Romney as secretive.
Biden also highlighted Romney’s past hardline immigration stance. He said: ‘‘Mitt Romney wants you to show your papers, but he won’t show us his.’’ - ASSOCIATED PRESS
Pentagon to establish digital records for medals, awards
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon plans to establish a searchable database of military valor awards and medals, hoping for a technological fix to the problem of people getting away with lying about earning military honors.
Pentagon press secretary George Little said details have yet to be worked out, but the intention is to have a digital repository of records on valor awards and medals going back as far in history as possible.
The move is in response to a June 28 Supreme Court ruling that invalidated a law making it a crime to lie about receiving the Medal of Honor and other military decorations. An authoritative database would make it easier to check on award claims and perhaps would deter some who would make false public claims.
The high court ruled that the 2006 Stolen Valor Act infringes upon speech protected by the First Amendment.
Some in Congress have long argued that the Pentagon needs such a database.
Members of Congress, meanwhile, are taking their own steps to address the problem of fraudulent claims.
Senator Jim Webb, a Democrat of Virginia who served in Vietnam as a Marine officer, said Tuesday he will introduce legislation that could bring criminal penalties to any individual making a false claim to have served in the military or to have been awarded a military medal or decoration in order to ‘‘secure a tangible benefit or a personal gain.’’
Senator Scott Brown, Massachusetts Republican and a member of the Army National Guard, vowed a similar effort. - ASSOCIATED PRESS
Florida representative was lax on disclosure forms
WASHINGTON — The House Ethics Committee says Florida Republican Representative Vern Buchanan omitted information on his financial disclosure forms over four years.
The committee said Tuesday that no action will be taken because the congressman corrected the errors.
The committee said less substantial errors and omissions occur in 30 percent to 50 percent of all financial disclosure statements reviewed each year. - ASSOCIATED PRESS