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Romney to raise money for NH GOP

Mitt Romney's heading back to New Hampshire.

The likely 2012 candidate, who owns a home in the Granite State, will raise money for the New Hampshire Republican Party Aug. 12. (View Invite here.)

The fundraiser is $250 a head and at a private home. Party spokesman Ryan Williams told First Read the New Hampshire GOP has sent out a "couple hundred" invitations, and that, for New Hampshire, $250 is considered high-priced.

A week earlier, Aug. 5th, Romney will also raise money for the New Hampshire Republican House Victory PAC in Manchester. The PAC helps elect Republican state House candidates.

The former Massachusetts governor, no surprise, leads the pack of 2012 hopefuls who have donated to the state party and state GOP candidates. Romney has donated already $30,000 to the state party, Williams said. Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is next biggest contributor of the group with $5,000. Pawlenty was in New Hampshire July 10th for a state party fundraiser.

Romney has also given $7,500 to other local and state special election candidates in New Hampshire, and $1,000 to Chris Sununu, who is running for the state party's executive council. Chris Sununu is the son of state party chairman John Sununu, a former governor.

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) is headed to the Granite State Monday to raise money for the state Senate PAC, as well as Chris Sununu.