The first of the fund-raisers was held at the sprawling home of Ronald O. Perelman, the billionaire financier and chairman of Revlon. It's guests paid up to $25,000 a head to hear Romney speak.
The afternoon fundraising event, at $50,000 a pop, was held at at the Hamptons homes of Clifford Sobel, a former U.S. ambassador to Brazil.
The Third and final fundraiser of the day was held at the estate of billionaire industrialist David Koch on Meadow Lane in Southampton. The suggested contribution at that event was $75,000 per couple.
Here Are A Few Things Said By The Protestors:
“Dissent IS Patriotic”
“Romney President of the 1%”
"If you’re siding with David Koch, you’re standing against the 99%.”
“Shame on you”
“Voters in, money out.”
The protestors also hired a local pilot to fly with a black and red banner that read: “Romney has a Koch problem.”
Pete DeWitt, 59, who said “the Kochs represent everything that’s wrong with the system. It’s their anti-labor, anti-environment agenda I’m protesting, their secret giving to politics. I wouldn’t protest someone like Perelman -- he seems fine. I have no problem with wealth and money in general.”
Michael Korn, a 57-year-old from Brooklyn said “It doesn’t matter if it’s Romney or Obama,” he said. “Votes shouldn’t be weighed by oodles of cash.”
Pretty standard fare from the left. Now…..
Here Are A Few Things Said By The Donors:
A woman in a blue chiffon dress poked her head out of a black Range Rover here on Sunday afternoon and yelled to an aide to Mitt Romney, “Is there a V.I.P. entrance. We are V.I.P.”
Laura R. Schwartz of New Jersey said, from inside her Range Rover, that Mr. Obama had not visited Israel as president, and continued “I don’t think he is good for Israel,” she said. Mr. Romney, she said, “is a fresh face.”
Ted Conklin, the owner of the American Hotel in Sag Habor, N.Y. said of Barack Obama. “He is a socialist. His idea is find a problem that doesn’t exist and get government to intervene,” Mr. Conklin said from inside a gold-colored Mercedes.
Ted Conklin's Wife Carol Simmons, who sat next to her husband, said of her spouse's generous spirit: “Tell them who’s on your yacht this weekend! Tell him!” Over Mr. Conklin’s objections, Ms. Simmons disclosed that a major executive from Miramax, the movie company, was on the 75-foot yacht, because, she said, there were no rooms left at the hotel.
Michael Zambrelli said as the couple waited in their SUV for clearance into the Creeks "It's not helping the economy to pit the people who are the engine of the economy against the people who rely on that engine," continuing "He's basically been biting the hand that fed him in '08. ... I would bet 25% of the people here were supporters of Obama in '08. And they're here now."
A New York City donor a few cars back, who would not give her name, said Romney needed to do a better job connecting. "I don't think the common person is getting it,... "Nobody understands why Obama is hurting them."
Here's the best part….
"We've got the message," she added. "But my college kid, the baby sitters, the nails ladies -- everybody who's got the right to vote -- they don't understand what's going on. I just think if you're lower income -- one, you're not as educated, two, they don't understand how it works, they don't understand how the systems work, they don't understand the impact."
And Now A Word From The Candidate:
Romney, for his part, said at the fundraiser that he is focused on everyday voters. “If you are here, by and large, you are doing just fine,”
I think Mitt summed it up nicely.
The Democratic National Committee released an ad asking what would Mitt Romney do for his obsenely wealthy donors if he were elected. The answer is that he would give them a new $250,000 tax cut in accordance with the Ryan Budget Plan which Romney has in the past so infamously called "Marvelous"!