Mitt Romney, GOP Money Magnet : It's All Politics Mitt Romney may have trouble convincing many Republicans that there's a difference between the health-care individual mandate he signed into law as Massachusetts' governor and the federal one. But persuading people to give money to his unofficial White House effort is clearly not an issue.
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Mitt Romney, GOP Money Magnet

Mitt Romney greets supporters during a phone-bank Las Vegas fundraiser, Monday, May 16, 2011. Julie Jacobson/AP hide caption

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Mitt Romney greets supporters during a phone-bank Las Vegas fundraiser, Monday, May 16, 2011.

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Mitt Romney may have trouble convincing many Republicans that there's much of a difference between the health care individual mandate he signed into law as Massachusetts' governor and the federal one.

But when it comes to his still-not-officially-announced presidential campaign, persuading people to give money is clearly not an issue.

As NPR's Peter Overby reported for the network's newscast, Romney raised serious money Monday:

The Romney organization says it rounded up some 800 supporters for a 9-to-5 workday of making phone calls.

The event at the Las Vegas Convention Center brought in $10.3 million dollars organizers said. The maximum contribution was $2,500 per person.

Romney has deep connections in the finance industry. He's expected to be the best-financed of the half-dozen rivals for the GOP nomination.

He used a similar fundraising extravaganza to launch his 2008 White House bid. It was said to raise $6.5 million. The total later came down as some pledges didn't materialize.