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Mitt Romney coming to Oklahoma fundraiser May 9 at Harold Hamm's Nichols Hills home

Romney in Oklahoma: GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will visit the Oklahoma home of Continental Resources CEO Harold Hamm next month to raise money for his campaign. Hamm is chairman of Romney's Energy Policy Advisory Group.
BY DON MECOY dmecoy@opubco.com Modified: April 12, 2012 at 2:44 pm •  Published: April 12, 2012
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Mitt Romney will visit the Nichols Hills home of Continental Resources CEO Harold Hamm on May 9 to raise funds for his presidential race.

Donors who attend the private fundraiser, expected to last a few hours, will contribute a minimum of $1,000 to Romney's campaign, said Somerlyn Cothran, CEO of Cothran Development Strategies, the Ada firm leading Romney's Oklahoma fundraising activities. More expensive sponsorships also are available, Cothran said.

“They're trying to raise as much as they can,” Cothran said. “I hope we raise half a million dollars. That would be wonderful.”

Romney last month chose Hamm, who founded the Oklahoma City energy firm, to lead the candidate's Energy Policy Advisory Group. Hamm and his wife, Sue Ann, will host the event at their home.

Hamm said planning for the event began before Romney selected him as an energy adviser for the campaign.

“I think it's important to support good people, and he's certainly one of those — he falls in that category, for sure,” Hamm said.

While in Oklahoma, Romney likely will discuss the nation's energy policy, Hamm said.

“I can't put words in his mouth, but that certainly is a top issue in Oklahoma,” he said. “We invited everybody we knew, but I know a lot of oil folks.”

Hamm said he's looking forward to welcoming Romney back to Oklahoma, and to his home.

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