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GOP talkers for Mitt put money where their mouth is

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Politics,Paul Bedard,Washington Secrets

The press isn't paying a lot of attention to Washington-based political communicators and spokespeople and their bragging on Mitt Romney, so the gabby GOP gaggle on Sunday did the next best thing: They held a Communicators for Romney fundraiser and collected over $60,000 for the presidential candidate.

"Nobody ever asks the press guys and gals for money. They always go to the lobbyists. But we want to give too," said one of the attendees of the event hosted by Republican communicators Ron and Sara Bonjean at the Republican National Committee on Capitol Hill.

Another expressed frustration that reporters are ignoring the GOP spin that a Romney-President Obama tie is good news for the challenger, not a sign that Romney is falling short of his goal.

None of that was heard at the Sunday event where Romney campaign advisor Brian Jones and Republican National Committee Chief of Staff Jeff Larson discussed the latest poll numbers, early voting statistics and the 11th hour Romney ground game.

"We heard their positive message and came out of there full of optimism that we will pull this election off," said another spokesman.

In addition, the over 100 attendees donated clothing and food for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, a collection that's being delivered this week.

Among the dozens in the crowd were RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer and his wife Rebecca, of the National Beer Wholesalers Association, Brian Walsh, communications director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's Chief of Staff Josh Holmes, Blair Latoff of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Ford's Christin Baker, Paul Lindsey, communications director of the National Republican Congressional Committee and Ben Jenkins of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.