This weekend in the Hamptons, Republican supporters raised an estimated $3 million dollars for the Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney.
From a pure numbers standpoint, that is an incredible total, which was at the heart of the many protesters who took to the streets on the East End to make their voices heard regarding the role of money in the election and its influence on American politics.
Jim Rutenberg of the New York Times writes: But nothing says “I’m kind of a big deal” like attending one of the quadrennial presidential fund-raisers, which are the social events of the season for well-heeled Hamptonites willing to pay a local carpenter’s annual salary—or much more—to hobnob with a sitting or potential president.
Mr. Romney is expected to pull in $3 million from an event at the Creeks, the estate of Ronald O. Perelman, the billionaire financier and Revlon chairman, where tickets range from $5,000 for lunch to $25,000 for a V.I.P. photo reception. Another will be held at the home of Clifford M. Sobel, an ambassador to Brazil under President George W. Bush, and a final dinner will take place at the Southampton estate of the billionaire industrialist David H. Koch, where the going rate for entry is $75,000 a couple and $50,000 a person.