Sources tell Colorado Peak Politics that Mitt Romney shattered presidential fundraising records in Aspen while in town on Monday, pulling in a staggering $2.5 million at the event, which included an audience of 20% non-Republicans.
The event was hosted by long-time Obama supporter Susan Crown, who flipped on Obama in 2011 over the issue of Israel, according to The Washington Post. Crown's father and brother continue to support President Obama, with her brother James bundling between $200-500,000 for his re-election campaign by the first quarter of 2012.
Prior to Romney's event, the previous record for GOP fundraising in Aspen was set by Texas Governor Rick Perry, who held an event in August 2011 for his Presidential campaign that pulled in $175,000, which was a new record at the time, according to The Colorado Statesman's Jody Hope Strogoff.
During the fundraiser, sources say, attendees who were not registered Republicans were asked to raise their hands and 20% of the audience's hands shot up.
Colorado has proven to be a strong fundraising base for Governor Romney. In June, when Romney and the Republican National Committee outraised President Obama and the Democratic National Committee by $35 million, Colorado "dramatically exceeded expectations" in donations to Romney, according to Politico.
By comparison, the last time Obama came to Colorado for a fundraiser, in May, 150 people failed to show up for his fundraiser.
With Colorado likely to be a closely fought battle between Obama and Romney, the fundraising disparity in the state between the two campaigns can't be welcome news to Team Hopenchange.
(Photo of Romney event in Grand Junction on Tuesday via Romney campaign's Facebook page)