Mitt’s cash advance: $1 million payday awaits Romney in Greenwich

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney applauds during introductions before speaking in Hartford, Conn., Wednesday, April 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Good thing the Buffett Rule doesn’t apply to political donations.

A $1 million payday awaits Mitt Romney next month in Greenwich, where Hearst Connecticut Newspapers can confirm that the presumptive GOP nominee for president will appear at a major fundraiser for his general election push against Barack Obama.

Fellow venture capitalist and Romney chum L. Scott Frantz, the state senator for the 36th District, will again host the former Massachusetts governor at his waterfront compound in Riverside for a May 20 cocktail reception, according to multiple people familiar with the event.

About 500 people are expected at the $2,500 a head fundraiser, the maximum allowed for federal candidates for the general election.

Host committee members are expected to raise $25,000 each for Romney, who, with the May fundraiser, will have visited Connecticut for three consecutive months.

Romney came to Stamford in mid-March for a $2,500 per person fundraiser and visited Hartford this Wednesday for a campaign stop targeting women.

Romney’s latest excursion to the Nutmeg State came less than 24 hours after his main GOP rival, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, suspended his presidential bid, giving Romney a clear path toward the nomination.

Those familiar with Romney’s fundraising machine say that his campaign switched over to raising money for the general election at least three days before Santorum bowed out of the contest.

Romney is also dispatching his closest emissary — wife Ann — to be the keynote speaker at the April 23 Prescott Bush Dinner in Stamford the night before Connecticut’s GOP presidential primary.

Proceeds from the dinner will go to the state Republican Party.

Neil Vigdor