Republicans are criticizing the closing of Sherwood Island State Park in Westport as President Barack Obama attends fundraisers for his re-election campaign.
Obama is scheduled on to appear Monday at a $500 per person reception at the Stamford Marriott and a $35,800 per person dinner at the Westport home of movie producer Harvey Weinstein.
The two events are expected to add about $2 million to Obama's campaign account.
As a result of Obama's visit, Westport's Burying Hill Beach was closed, as well as Sherwood Island State Park.
"It is the arrogance of power and crass partisanship to shut down Sherwood Isle at the height of the summer vacation season and dislodge all these families," House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero Jr. said in a statement. "It is outrageous that the Democrats turn Sherwood Isle into a personal heliport for the president so that he can be ferried back and forth to hobnob with millionaires and billionaires for the day."
Obama's Republican rival, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, has raised about $4.8 million from Connecticut residents during this presidential election cycle, compared to $2.9 million for Obama, according to Federal Election Commission records.
Elected officials have long visited the state's southwestern Gold Coast to raise campaign funds.
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