Romney closing Israeli fundraiser to reporters

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Associated Press

Posted on July 29, 2012 at 2:01 AM

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney plans to raise campaign money in private while in Israel, so what he tells wealthy supporters while abroad will be kept quiet.

Romney's campaign is barring reporters from a fundraiser at Jerusalem's King David Hotel and not saying why. That seems to contradict a policy that such events not held in a private home are open to coverage by print reporters.

President Barack Obama allows reporters to be present for his remarks to donors, but reporters often don't hear the question-and answer-sessions. The president allows coverage of remarks in private homes if he makes them.

Some of Romney's wealthiest U.S. supporters plan to attend Monday's fundraiser. They include casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who's donated millions to a group backing Romney.

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