Bono Mack to address GOP donors at Romney’s Utah retreat

Rep. Mary Bono Mack will address top Republican donors who are gathering in Utah this weekend for a retreat with presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

Invitations to the event were extended to donors who have raised $50,000 or more for Romney’s White House bid, according to media reports.

The Desert Sun has learned that Bono Mack is one of five members of the House who are scheduled to speak. A handful of U.S. senators and governors are also on the agenda.

Bono Mack, a Palm Springs Republican, will be leading a Saturday discussion on energy issues. She sits on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and chairs the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade.

When asked about the retreat, Bono Mack’s spokesman Ken Johnson said she was invited about a week ago.

“Congresswoman Bono Mack is looking forward to a wide-ranging discussion about critically important policy issues facing the  nation,” Johnson told The Desert Sun.

“The congresswoman firmly believes by expanding domestic energy production, we can create tens of thousands of jobs nationwide and help revive America’s beleaguered manufacturing sector.”

This is not the first time Bono Mack has played a notable role in Romney’s campaign.

She and her husband, Republican Rep. Connie Mack of Florida, in January joined the presidential campaign trail in order to sway Floridians’ vote. She also discussed women’s issues on a national conference call with reporters.

Bono Mack will be back in the Coachella Valley on Sunday, when she is expected to meet with supporters of her own re-election campaign. Bono Mack faces Democrat Raul Ruiz, an emergency room physician from Palm Desert, in the battle for the 36th Congressional seat.