Utah fund-raiser for Romney steps
down : Lichfield involved in schools that are subjects of lawsuits
September 7, 2007
By Lisa Riley Roche
Romney / Lichfield news ...
A Utah fund-raiser for Mitt Romney
who helped the GOP presidential candidate collect $300,000 in
donations at an event in St. George earlier this year is no longer
part of the campaign. Robert Lichfield, who is affiliated with
several schools for troubled teens that are the subjects of lawsuits
alleging child abuse, left his position as a Utah finance committee
co-chairman in July, a spokeswoman for the Romney campaign said
The Web site "Radar" reported
Thursday that Romney asked Lichfield to step down. But Romney
spokeswoman Gail Gitcho said Lichfield "resigned on his own accord"
from the campaign shortly after stories surfaced in late June about
his legal problems.
Lichfield's name did not appear on
a list of national finance chairmen and co-chairmen released by the
campaign on July 31 that included seven Utahns. Campaign officials
said then that Lichfield was no longer involved in fund raising.
The Web site report comes after two
other people involved in the Romney campaign made headlines.
Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, stepped
down last month as Romney's Senate liaison, after the public learned
of his guilty plea to a charge of disorderly conduct in an airport
bathroom in connection with a sex sting.
Earlier in August, a Romney
national finance co-chairman, Alan Fabian, resigned his position
with the campaign after he was indicted by a federal grand jury on
23 counts of bankruptcy fraud, mail fraud, money laundering,
obstruction of justice and perjury.
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