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Romney raised more than $1 million during Buffalo visit

Photo from the Facebook page of Erie County Republican Committee Chairman Nick Langworthy

Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney raised an estimated $1.25 million during two political fundraisers in Buffalo Friday afternoon.

After arriving just after 3 p.m. at Prior Aviation in Cheekotwaga, police and secret service escorted Romney to the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society. That’s were guests paid $2,500 to hear Romney speak.

Then Romney appeared at the home of Buffalo businessman Anthony Gioia, upstate fundraising coordinator, where guests doled out $10,000 per plate for dinner.   Guests gathered for a dinner catered by Oliver’s Restaurant in the Gioia’s backyard,  but nearby protestors from a few organizations staged protests, chanting against Romney’s policies. 

Planned Parenthood and other citizens groups gathered next to Gioia’s home. 

Democratic State Assembly woman Crystal Peoples Stokes also held a news conference speaking out against Romney and his economic policies.

Peoples Stokes told WBFO & AM-970 News with Romney coming to Buffalo, the third poorest city in the nation, “you think he would bring us a million dollars” instead of raising a million for himself.

 Romney spent only three hours in Buffalo.