Romney's New Fundraising 'Star': Dick Cheney Romney tries to appeal to GOP base with controversial ex-VP By Kevin Spak, Newser Staff Posted Jul 12, 2012 7:11 AM CDT 21 comments Comments Former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks at the Wyoming Republican state convention at the Little America Hotel and Resort in Cheyenne, Wyo., April 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Miranda Grubbs) (Newser) – Mitt Romney hasn't exactly snuggled up to the George W. Bush administration—he's made a point of avoiding even mentioning Dubya's name, usually referring to him only as Obama's "predecessor," for example—but he's not going to let that stand in the way of a good money-making opportunity. None other than Dick Cheney himself is throwing a big-ticket fundraiser in Romney's honor at a Wyoming resort tonight, followed by a private dinner in his home, the AP reports. Cheney's foreign policy stances, particularly his persistent support for torture, have made him a controversial figure, but he remains a major fundraising draw and is beloved by the GOP's base, which is considerably more skeptical of Romney. Also of note: Liz Cheney will attend the fundraiser, as rumors swirl that she's considering a run for office in Wyoming.