As most pol watchers know by now, there were three big fundraising parties for former Governor Mitt Romney in the very exclusive part of Long Island this past weekend. The Hamptons, as they are known, can boast numerous millionaires and billionaires as residents in luxurious, sprawling green estates, who I dare suppose are able relate best to the Republican presidential hopeful.
Willard had a very busy Sunday, indeed! You must admit, judging by the itinerary, the man is an efficient fundraising machine, rumored to have raked in at least three million in campaign contributions from his peers. If only his powers could be harnessed for good! Check out the day’s money making stops:
- Mitt had lunch with supporters at “The Creeks,” Ron Perelman’s 57-acre East Hampton’s estate. Mr. Perelman is chairman and chief executive of McAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc., which owns cosmetics maker Revlon Inc. At the $5,000-per-person lunch, co-hosted with Andrew Sabin, president of a precious-metals company, had House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Virginia Republican, as a featured guest.
- Romney dropped in for an afternoon visit to the beach-side residence of Clifford Sobel, (formerly an ambassador to Brazil under President George W. Bush) whose home is a short distance from David Koch’s residence.
- Rounding out a busy day of fundraising, Romney arrived at David and Julia Koch’s summer home on Meadow Lane in Southampton, New York, where they hosted a $50,000 per plate dinner in support of the presumptive GOP candidate.
Naturally, Romney’s campaign didn’t invite media or allow reporters to attend any of the three events and provided no information about them, but protesters still managed to make an appearance near the Koch dinner event. MoveOn.org, Occupy Wall Street and other groups bussed in about 100 protesters from Manhattan and arranged a plane flying overhead trailing a banner that said: “Romney has a Koch problem.” No protesters were arrested.
Make no mistake, there seems plenty of reasons to be in a protesting mood when you think of the way billionaires try to steer the outcome of Decision 2012, especially now the Supreme Court has helped birth the Super Pac. David and Charles Koch, are big money players in the Republican political sphere, who just happen to be listed in the Bloomberg Billionaires Index as the the seventh and eighth richest persons in the world, are influencing the national conversation in a decidedly sinister manner. Is it a bizarre twist of fate that Americans For Prosperity, headed by David Koch, helped fund the Tea Party movement that supposedly seeks smaller government? Americans for Prosperity, a ‘nonprofit’ group that isn’t required to disclose its donors and legally can’t spend more than half of its budget on elections, has spent more than $6 million on television ads attacking President Obama, and recently announced a $9 million ad campaign against the president’s health-care law. Yikes! What good could be done with that money in the hands of a legitimate nonprofit that actually helps human beings?
It is also worth noting that the Koch brothers also help finance the 60 Plus Association, an “advocate” for the elderly that favors privatizing Social Security. Judging by the website, it is an advocate for terrifying seniors into voting Republican! Another “nonprofit” group called the Center to Protect Patients Rights has given $9 million to 60 Plus. The center, which legally doesn’t have to disclose its donors, is headed by Sean Noble, who has spoken at Koch-sponsored gatherings of wealthy donors, even sharing a podium with Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips. Hmmm….Dirty politics, indeed.