Mitt Romney to host Park City retreat

Saturday, March 23, 2013 - 7:35pm

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will host a policy retreat in Park City, Utah this June "to hear from political, business and other thought leaders," according to an invitation obtained by CNN.

As Romney continues to plot his post-election future, the retreat further signals he's serious about staying active on policy fronts or political arenas.

Romney sent emails Friday inviting people to the four-day event, called "Experts and Enthusiasts." Among those who received the invitations were Republican donors.

"As we only have capacity for a small group of people to be part of this gathering, invitations will be kept to a limited group of industry and thought leaders," the invitation read.

In the email to invitees, Romney said Solamere Group, the private equity firm founded by his son Tagg and where Romney now serves as a chairman, will help sponsor the gathering.

He ended the invitation saying, "We look forward to seeing you in Park City." He signed it, "Mitt."

Among those expected to attend is Romney's former running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, according to a source with knowledge of the event. The Los Angeles Times, which first reported the event, said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is also expected to participate.

Romney hosted a major retreat for approximately 700 donors last summer in Park City, featuring speeches by many of his top campaign staff and prospective vice presidential picks.

At a major gathering last week for conservatives--where Romney made his first public speech following his election loss in November--the former Massachusetts governor expressed intent on staying engaged in public policy.

"I am sorry that I will not be your president," he said. "But I will be your co-worker, and I will work shoulder-to-shoulder alongside you."

A source familiar with the event calls it "an investors conference hosted by Solamere." There is a $5,000 registration fee for attendees. The source said that is not a contribution in any way but said it will help cover the costs of food, facilities and travel for speakers and there will not be any money left over.

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