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Romney’s Florida fundraising swing includes $50,000-a-plate Boca dinner

by George Bennett | May 15th, 2012

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Mitt Romney will make some money stops in Florida on Wednesday and Thursday, including a $50,000-a-plate dinner at private equity mogul Marc Leder‘s Boca Raton home.

Romney visits the Tampa home of Dick and Cornelia Corbett on Wednesday afternoon, then heads to Coral Gables for a reception at the Biltmore and a dinner at the home of Phil and Pat Frost. There’s also a Romney reception and private lunch in Jacksonville on Thursday before the presumptive Republican nominee arrives in Boca for a Thursday evening reception at Woodfield Country Club and then dinner at Leder’s nearby home.

In each city, Romney’s schedule includes a general reception for $2,500 donors, a VIP event with a photo opportunity for $10,000 contributors and a private meal for those who pony up $50,000.

Leder is the co-founder of Sun Capital Partners, a private equity firm based in Boca Raton.

Leder has given $125,000 to the pro-Romney superPAC Restore Our Future and showered contributions on a variety of Republican candidates, including Sen. Marco Rubio and Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown. In Florida’s 2012 Senate race, Leder gave $5,000 to Adam Hasner‘s GOP campaign before Hasner switched to a U.S. House race; Leder recently gave $2,500 to Rep. Connie Mack‘s Senate bid.

Leder also gave $4,800 to Charlie Crist‘s 2010 Senate bid before Crist bolted the GOP. And he has contributed to South Florida Democratic U.S. Reps. Ted Deutch and Debbie Wasserman Schultz and former Democratic Rep. Ron Klein.

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29 Responses to “Romney’s Florida fundraising swing includes $50,000-a-plate Boca dinner”

  1. Country Club President Says:

    President OF, BY and FOR the already extraordinarily wealthy.

    Ummm, no thanks.

    OBAMA/DEMS 2012 !!!

  2. Demorich Says:

    How easy it is to forget Obama’s pickup of over $15 billion at George Clooney’s bash.

    So the same can be said of Obama by and for the extraordinary wealthy.

    Clooney=mansions, private jet travel-no commercial, gardners, maids, chefs, limos, million$ in salary for a yrs worth of work on a money.

    Hollywood is a joke.

  3. Country Club President Says:

    “pickup of over $15 billion at George Clooney’s bash.”

    LOL!

    Yet another DISHONEST REPUBLICAN.

    Tell me, Mr. Dishonest Republican… if Obama is on the side of the wealthy and the right wing is against the big Too Big To Fail corporate banks and the Wall Street gambling that crashed the economy, why on Earth did they vote consistently to undermine Wall Street regulation in Dodd-Frank?!?!

    Someone please explain to me the right wing “logic” of complaining about the banks and Wall Street and Too Big To Fail, but then VOTING to aid Wall Street by basically dismantling the Wall Street reform bill!

    Hollywood didn’t crash the economy.

    Wall Street crashed the economy.

    It was TOO LITTLE regulation and TOO WEAK regulation of the big banks that led to the disaster. Both parties in the late-90s fell for the deregulatory boom… BUT WE KNOW BETTER NOW. There is NO EXCUSE for allowing big banks to continue extracting from the Middle Class like they have been. NO EXCUSE.

  4. PFM Says:

    One difference between President Obama?Dems getting money from Hollywood, they don’t lobby for taxes cuts. When was the last time you saw Congress give any Hollywood complany money, tax cuts or anything, like the GOP does all the time for corporations and big oil.

  5. Downtown Danny Says:

    While Romneys out collecting cash he thinks nothing of the workers whose lives he ruined. Like the Americans who used to work at the Armco Steel Mill in Kansas.
    In 1994 Romney purchased the Armco steel mill in Kansas City, which had been in business more than 100 years. “We were setting a lot of records for production at that time,” said former employee Steve Morrow. “We were making good money, because we were getting profit sharing.” Bain combined Armco with the mill in Georgetown and foundries in Tempe, Arizona, and Duluth, Minnesota, to form the newly christened GS Industries.
    Romney purchased Armco with just $8 million down, borrowing the rest of the $75 million price tag. Then he issued bonds — basically IOUs — to borrow even more to pay himself and his investors $36 million. Romney also charged GSI $900,000 a year in “management fees.”
    Within a year, he’d already made four times his initial investment while barely lifting a finger. But he’d also run up a staggering $378 million in debt on GSI’s tab.
    Within 15 months GSI declared bankruptcy.
    The Armco Kansas City steel mill closed for good, 750 people lost their jobs. Worse, Romney had shorted their pension fund by $44 million. The feds (American taxpayers) were forced to cover the difference, while workers saw benefits slashed in bankruptcy court. The battered Georgetown plant and the foundries in Arizona and Minnesota ultimately were bought out of bankruptcy by new companies. Their work forces were halved. They’ve never recovered from what Mitt Romney did to them.
    And for this we should make him President?
    No thanks!

  6. Obama has divided the country Says:

    Obama CEO of America.

    Obama Invested taxpayer money in Solyndra.

    That’s $535 million (when the company was in financial straits) and LOST the money with NO chance of taxpayers recouping that loss and the people who worked at Solyndra are LAID OFF AND OUT OF WORK!
    http://bottomline.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/09/14/7759207-white-house-ignored-red-flags-in-loan-to-failed-solar-company-solyndra

    and you think that Solyndra is the only lo$$ of taxpayer money. CEO Obama invested in

    Solar Trust of America LLC. Given $2.1 BILLION by Obama and they declared Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.

    Poor economic record of Obama.

    Obama=NO business background, never had a business.

    We need someone who will BALANCE this country. UNIFY our country.

    ROmney has demonstrated his commitment to the people and to turning around businesses.

    That’s what this country needs a President who will compromise and unite the people.

    Obama does nothing but divide, alienate.

  7. stu bum Says:

    what a crock of garbage…..the Sir Nig…OBAMA raises billions, and we have to read about this?
    The LEFT WING media is full of crap…plain and simple!

  8. Country Club President Says:

    The Republican poster who posted at Noon obviously knows nothing about investment and is just spewing Koch Brothers talking points (Americans for Prosperity, same thing). Sometimes investments don’t pay off. Look at JP Morgan.

    As for Romney, how is he going to “UNIFY” this country by pushing the far-right wing agenda of hating Hispanics, hating gays, hating women and their health care? How is he going to “UNIFY” this country by bringing back the ENTIRE George W. Bush foreign policy sqaud, including all of the Neoconservatives? And that doesn’t even touch on how he is PERSONALLY disliked because of so many of his idiotic comments.

    We’ve heard it all.

    Obama is the clear choice for America.

    Been there, done that with Republican trick-on-me economics and cowboy foreign policy. ENOUGH!

    President Obama and the Democrats DESERVE a second term and DESERVE leadership.

    After what they’ve done to this country — going back to the 2000s right up to today — and the way they are preventing a stronger recovery and trying to deny the president’s ability to do his job, the GOP simply doesn’t deserve the privilege of running this country.

  9. Nikita Says:

    Palm beach Post couldn’t be more bias!!! Our pro-poor president has collected millions in fund-raising dinners and PBP never said a word!!
    Country Club President: you are a total ignorant throwing words without knowing what you are talking about…Obama has received millions from Wall Street and big banks. And the economy crashed due to stupidity of people. They created the “house bubble” buying houses they couldn’t afford because they were getting 100% of the morgage money. The same thing is going to happen with the students loans in a few years. Students are getting loans almost for nothing and when they finish college they are going to own hundred of thousands $$, and they are going to blame banks or someone else because they can’t find a job that pays for their loans.

  10. @LaQuishaNiqua Jones Says:

    Y’all leave President Obama alone!

  11. Irish Mike Says:

    Country Clubber: Jamie Dimon was an Obama supporter. Is it any surprise that in the face of increased regulation, JPM/Chase lobbied to bend the rules to their benefit? That’s what crony capitalism is all about! That’s the way things work in Chicago!

    We see the same thing with ObamaCare waivers given to unions and the AARP for their support.

    Campaign to “Bankrupt” the coal companies, “crucify” oil and gas companies, and “punish our enemies”, like Frank Vandersloot and the others on Obama’s published list of Romney supporters.

    Maybe if they sent the Obama campaign a donation, they’d have been left alone, like Fannie Mae (noticeably absent from Dodd-Frank oversight, but which gave more money to Obama than anyone beside Chris DODD himself! What a surprise!).

    Sounds Nixonian, doesn’t it?

  12. Tom Says:

    Something one should not miss.

  13. Wayne LaPierre Says:

    Well ok but how many wives can I take along to this event? And is it ok to carry my guns? And what’s for drinks besides Mormon gin?

  14. RENEGADE Says:

    Hopefully he’ll rake in cash like Obama did in Hollywood, then use it to beat Obama in the Fall. BILL NELSON HAS TO GO! Put Eric Holder in jail!

  15. Country Club President Says:

    Irish Mike,

    I will ask again.

    If Obama is on the side of the corporate banks and the Wall Street gambling that crashed the economy, then why on Earth did *EVERY SINGLE REPUBLICAN* vote consistently and repeatedly to undermine Wall Street regulation in Dodd-Frank?!?!

    WHAT’S YOUR ANSWER?

    And by the way, Mitt Romney — like Allen West — wants to REPEAL Dodd-Frank!!!

    So, let’s hear it!

    Why did every single Republican in the House and Senate vote AGAINST Wall Street reform?

  16. Irish Mike Says:

    Come on – after 2008, how could any credible “financial reform” not even address Fannie Mae? Or how could any credible effort to reign in medical costs not even address tort reform?

    Because the Obama philosophy is to use the power of government to “punish our enemies” and “reward our friends” (Obama’s words, not mine).

  17. Sid Says:

    Dodd-Frank was about creating too big too fail crony capitalist corporations at the expense of too small to succeed small businesses. That’s why every Republican voted against it.
    Dodd-Frank? The name alone reminds us of the worst scandal in American history.

  18. mightyoak Says:

    Mega-bucks. So if I pledge $300,000 to Obama, will I score points up in heaven?

  19. Irish Mike Says:

    I repeat: Dodd-Frank does not affect Fannie Mae at all.

    Does the fact that its 2 biggest campaign cash receipients were Chris Dodd and Barack Obama have anything to do with it? How about the support of Barney Frank, who said Fannie was fundamentally sound, and efforts by the Bush Administration to reform them were “inane”.

    Crony capitalists, and hypocrites for claiming they represent the “99%”.

  20. TAX CHEAT ROMNEY Says:

    Who would vote for a vulture capitalist who wanted the auto industry to go bankrupt so he and friends could pick through the bones and profiteer?

    Who would vote for a guy that has to correct himself for something he said yesterday–every day after?

    Who would vote for a guy who doesn’t remember that the free market solution he speaks of didn’t exist. His philosophies are plain wrong.

    Who would vote for a guy who you could shake and he would change his position on matters?

    Who would vote for a person whose religion think it is OK to post-humously baptize people of other faiths–against their wishes. How freaking dare they. How dare they think this OK?

    Personally, I would vote for a couple that put themselves through college, that have had real jobs, that pay their fair share of income taxes, AND DON’T HAVE ILLEGAL OFFSHORE, TAX-EVADING CAYMENT ACCOUNTS.

    Romney is a fraud, a cheat, and a scoundrel, and a bully, but for Repubs who are always happy to get on their knees to kiss it, love a rich person. They’re logic is if a person is rich he is better than everyone else.

    Lastly, Obama killed Osama–period. Nuff said.

  21. Country Club President Says:

    Irish Mike,

    It is obvious that you don’t want to answer the question. Gee, I wonder why.

    Here is your second chance to explain yourself, let’s you make an HONEST effort to answer the question I asked:

    Why on Earth did *EVERY SINGLE REPUBLICAN* vote consistently and repeatedly to undermine Wall Street regulation in Dodd-Frank?

    They voted against every single provision in Dodd-Frank.

    They watered down and delayed anything they couldn’t kill entirely.

    They did so on EVERY MEASURE.

    So please, pray tell…

    What is your excuse for this behavior by Republicans?

    What is the latest set of talking points that explains why the Republicans — *EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM* — voted repeatedly against Dodd-Frank!

    What is the latest explanation from the right wing Koch-suckers as to why Republicans — Mitt Romney and Allen West for example — think it is a good idea to REPEAL Dodd-Frank entirely?

    I’m ready for your answer, like I was the first time I asked!

  22. Country Club President Says:

    99% of Republicans in the House
    90% of Republicans in the Senate

    VOTED AGAINST DODD-FRANK.

    All you need to know about the GOP.

    They are OWNED by Wall Street. We, as a country, have a DUTY to reject the handing over of our government and our laws to Wall Street.

    We MUST stand up for THE PEOPLE. And the best way to do that is to support Democrats in EVERY election. They are not perfect. Nobody is. But they are far superior to the Wall Street Koch Klowns on the right.

  23. Irish Mike Says:

    Glad you brought up the auto bailout, which enriched Obama’s friends at the UAW, contrary to established bankruptcy laws. And “change” it was not.

    Some folks think GM would have been simply liquidated, like a Blockbuster store. It’s true the individual brands and plants would have been sold off – but in much the same way the assets of AT&T were sold off after the break-up in the early ’80′s. And have you seen any change in telecom since the break-up? The most unbelieveable innovations imaginable – none of which would have been possible under the government approved monopoly of Ma Bell. But some companies failed.

    Selling off GM brands might have made people other than the unions rich, but the Democrats couldn’t allow that. They profit off the status quo. And imagine that real change would have been worse.

  24. Irish Mike Says:

    Didn’t answer the question? As usual, you’re just not listening.

  25. Country Club President Says:

    So, according to you, because F/F were “not affected” they voted against EVERY SINGLE PROVISION of Dodd-Frank?

    LOL!!!

    * They voted AGAINST ending Too Big To Fail.

    * They voted AGAINST the Volker Rule.

    * They voted AGAINST clearing derivative trades on a 3rd-party clearing-house like stocks are.

    * They voted AGAINST the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau.

    * They voted AGAINST — and are still trying to kill — orderly liquidation of Too Big To Fail banks.

    * They voted AGAINST shareholder votes on executive compensation.

    They voted against every single provision in the bill and they voted against the entire package…. And you’re sitting here with a straight face telling me that they voted against ALL OF THESE THINGS because of a lack of policy affecting Fannie and Freddie (which is a completely different sector from Wall Street)?

    LMAAAAOOO!

    Either you are blatantly dishonest…

    …Or you are an IDIOT.

    …Or BOTH.

    The Republicans are wholly owned by Wall Street and massive corporations. There is simply no other way to put it. The GOP puts GREED over what is good and right for America. And that is PITIFUL and must be rejected in November.

  26. Dee Says:

    OBAMA 2012

  27. twistedsista1 Says:

    He was my Governor in Massachusetts. No thanks.

  28. Go Romney Unite USA Says:

    Barack Obama has divided this country.

    If you want 4 more years of this type of behavior; then vote for Obama.

    I want a President who will compromise and do what is best for the people and for businesses to thrive.

    Romney had demonstrated that ability to work together doing what is best for people and for business.

    Obama has demonstrated how to alienate and divided; not how to work together.

    Our country can not afford to have the same alienation by President Obama for another 4 more years. It will destroy our nation.

    Vote for someone who WILL work with both parties. Past history has shown that President Obama has not tried to work with the other side.

    The people of this country want compromise, a balance.

    We must bring this country together. President Obama has not done that.

    Mitt Romney will work with democrats.

  29. Hmmm Says:

    While the rest of us are losing our savings and investments the Obamas have gain $10 million dollars in their bank accounts…and that’s with Michelle not working!

    Now here’s a guy who in just 3 and half years has made $10 million dollars during the worst economic time in our country.

    Seems we need the same type of ‘help’ like the Obamas.

    They put their kids in charter schools, instead of their neighborhood public school. They’re paying $30K per child for the private school they have their kids in.

    We paid for 25 secret service agents to accompany Malia Obama on her Spring Break vacation. Did your child get to got to Mexico for Spring Break?

    The Obamas are no different than other democrats or republicans. What we do know is that under Obama our nations has been torn apart both emotionally and financially.

    NO thanks, NO Obama in 2012.

    He gains 10x in income and the rest of us lose money.

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