July 11. 2013 8:05AM

John DiStaso's Granite Status: Former French president’s ‘07 lake-front getaway to host GOP fund-raiser featuring Romney

By John DiStaso
Senior Political Reporter

THURSDAY, JULY 11, UPDATE: WELL-KNOWN VENUE. A Wolfeboro home that gained international attention six years ago will host 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s first appearance at a fund-raiser since last year’s election.

The Aug. 6 fund-raiser to feature Romney will be held at the home of Mike and Irene Appe, where then-French President Nicolas Sarkozy stayed for a vacation in August 2007.

The 20,000-square-foot mansion was listed last year as being on the market for $13.6 million.

Mike Appe is a retired Microsoft Corp. executive who remains active on boards of various companies and organizations.

Appe hosted campaign events for Republican candidates for governor John Stephen in 2010 and Ovide Lamontagne in 2012.

For more on the fund-raiser and Romney appearance, see our item below.

THURSDAY, JULY 11: SHAHEEN SECOND QUARTER NUMBERS. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen?s reelection campaign says it will report having raised $1.2 million during the second quarter of 2013, April 1 through June 30.

She will report entering July with $2.15 million cash on hand.

Shaheen's 2014 campaign committee has raised a total of $3.6 million since her election in 2008.

Her camp says that in the second quarter, she received donations from 7,940 donors and nearly 92 percent of the donors "came from grassroots donors who gave fewer than $250," according to the campaign.

"Senator Shaheen is proud to have so much grassroots support behind her efforts to strengthen to strengthen our economy and support New Hampshire?s small businesses and middle class families," said Shaheen Campaign Finance Director Andy Darkins. "The support our campaign has received so far shows that we?re going to have the resources we need to run an effective, winning campaign."

Shaheen, the first woman to be elected a governor and a U.S. Senator, has no announced GOP competition in her reelection bid. The only Republican exploring a possible run is former state Sen. Jim Rubens of Hanover.

State Senate Majority Leader and former U.S. Rep. Jeb Bradley and U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta are mentioned most frequently as potential GOP contenders.

(Earlier Granite Status reports follow.)

WEDNESDAY, JULY 10: ROMNEY SAYS 'THANKS, NHGOP.' Republican 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney will say "thanks" to the New Hampshire GOP for its support last year by hosting a major party fund-raiser on Aug. 6.

The event will be held in the Lakes Region, near where Romney famously owns a home in Wolfeboro, with the specific site to be announced shortly.

"Governor Romney has donated to various individual candidates, but this will be the first time he will headline and attend a political fund-raiser since last year's election," Eric Fehrnstrom, Romney's former top adviser, told the Granite Status.

The Granite Status has learned that state Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, a potential U.S. Senate candidate, and long-time Romney adviser Jim Merrill are co-chairing the host committee for the event.

"This is a way for him to say 'thanks' and a way for us to say 'thanks,'" Merrill said. "There is a deep bond between Governor Romney and New Hampshire."

The party says it will be a private event and closed to the media.

In a statement, NHGOP chair Jennifer Horn said, "New Hampshire has always been a special place for Governor Romney. It's the state where he launched his presidential campaign, where he spends time with his family every summer, and it's a place where he will always have many friends and loyal supporters.

"We are thrilled that Governor Romney has agreed to host one of his first fund-raisers since the election for our party and help New Hampshire Republicans restore fiscal sanity to Concord and Washington," Horn said.

Tickets will start at $100 and will be available through the party's web site.

Also, we've learned that Sen. Kelly Ayotte will host a fund-raiser for the state party in Washington on July 29, with details on this event also to be announced shortly.

The party has already announced that former Florida U.S. Rep. Allen West will be featured at a reception for the NHGOP on Aug. 16 before headlining the Nashua Republican Committee's annual "Steak Out," both at the Crowne Plaza in Nashua.

Reacting to the news on Romney, the state Democratic Party quickly fired off an email asking supporters for donations.

"Is It 2012 Again Already?" NHDP finance chair Deb Reynolds asks.

"It didn't take long for Republicans to abandon their pledge to rebrand after a disastrous 2012 election. New Hampshire Republicans are bringing back their standard bearer -- Mitt Romney -- and his infamous 47 percent comments for an exclusive fundraiser on Lake Winnipesaukee," Reynolds' email says.

"Rather than etch-a-sketch away their more radical and extreme positions or find new candidates to run for office, New Hampshire Republicans are doubling down on the same chilling rhetoric and same failed candidates Granite State voters have rejected time and again," the NHDP says, asking for funds.

(For earlier Granite Status reports, click on "Granite Status" above.)