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Romney at Nassau fundraisers on Sept. 13

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will be on Long Island next Thursday for back-to-back private fundraisers in Oyster Bay, with tickets costing from $2,500 to $50,000.

The first event takes place at 5 p.m. on September 13 for cocktails with the former Massachusetts governor at the Old Brookville home of Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie, according to the invitation from Romney Victory, Inc.

Tickets for the general reception are $2,500 per person while a VIP photo session with Romney costs $10,000 per photo. The Ainslies are not affiliated with any party, voting records show. Elizabeth Ainslie has been active in North Shore open space preservation.

Co-chairs of the event include former U.S. Sen. Alfonse D'Amato and his wife Katuria, State Republican Chairman Ed Cox, Nassau Republican Chairman Joseph Mondello, Oyster Bay Town board member Chris Coschignano, author Nelson DeMille, former New York Stock Exchange Chairman Ken Langone, Suffolk Republican Chairman John Jay LaValle, former U.S. Rep Rick Lazio and State Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley).

Following at 6 p.m. is a photo reception and dinner at the Muttontown home of Republicans Jodi and Robert Rosenthal, a former owner of the Islanders hockey club who runs a private investment banking firm. The cost of a photo reception and dinner with the candidate is $25,000 per couple. To attend the "VIP" reception, the price is $50,000 per couple.

D'Amato and Cox are also members of this event's host committee, which includes developer Jan Burman and real estate tycoon Peter Kalikow.

The invitation instructs attendees to arrive early for security check-in.

It also says contributions solicited by the invitations will be deposited into the accounts of Romney for President, Inc, the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee only. The money will not go into the four state Republican committees that are part of Romney Victory, Inc., it says.

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