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August 7, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Karl Rove in Bellevue to raise cash for Reichert, NRCC

Republican political guru Karl Rove is scheduled to appear at a pair of Bellevue fundraisers Wednesday for U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert and the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Rove will headline $250-a-person Reichert fundraiser at the Bellevue Hilton ($1,000 a couple for a VIP reception).

And up to ten wealthy donors will cough up $20,000 a person for a “candid conversation” at the hotel with Rove and Reichert, with that money benefitting the NRCC.

Both events are closed to the media, said Reichert campaign spokesman Kent Patton, who declined to identify the donors planning to attend the $20,000-a-person chat.

Rove has been a longtime supporter of Reichert, helping him raise campaign cash for some of his previous contested reelection bids in the 8th Congressional District.

But Reichert hardly needs the help this year.

The 8th was reshaped in redistricting to become safe Republican territory. The district shed some of its swingy urban bits, and now stretches across the Cascades to Chelan and Kittitas counties. He already has nearly $600,000 in his campaign account, compared to $31,000 for Democratic challenger Karen Porterfield.

Rove, the political mastermind behind former President George W. Bush, is looking to be a major player for Mitt Romney in 2012.

Two political committees he cofounded, American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS, reportedly hope to spend $300 million to help defeat President Obama and other Democrats this year.

Crossroads GPS is organized as a “social welfare” nonprofit, allowing it to air “issue” ads without disclosing its donors. An Obama campaign lawyer has filed a complaint against the group, arguing it is plainly a political outfit that should no longer be able to hide its donors while spending hundreds of millions to influence the election.

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