The Secret Service, Southampton Village police and members of other South Fork police agencies are blocking traffic on Meadow Lane Sunday afternoon, only allowing motorists and pedestrians to pass who can prove that they live on the ocean road — or that they have an invitation to billionaire industrialist David Koch's $50,000-per-person fundraiser for Mitt Romney.
The Secret Service met with the Southampton Village police chief on Friday in anticipation of Romney's two Meadow Lane fundraisers on Sunday, including the Koch event, which liberal and progressive groups to protest money is politics. Then local to welcome Romney.
Progressives, including members of the Long Island Progressive Coalition, MoveOn.org and Occupy the Hamptons, met at 3 p.m. at the village's with posters and banners in hand, and planned to set out around 4 p.m. to march toward Koch's estate. But they will not get as far as they had planned after the police set up the barricade. The fundraiser was scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.
During an earlier Romney Hamptons fundraiser on Sunday, at MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings CEO Ronald Perelman's 57-acre East Hampton Village estate, in Georgica Pond.
With reporting by Raun Norquist.