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Progressives Plan to Crash Romney's Fundraiser at Koch's Southampton Estate

Long Island Progressive Coalition, Moveon.org and other liberal groups will target $50,000-per-guest event on Meadow Lane.

Billionaire industrialist and frequent donator to conservative causes David Koch is planning a fundraiser at his Southampton estate for GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney on July 8 for $50,000 a head — and a number of uninvited guests plan to crash the party.

The Long Island Progressive Coalition said Thursday it will help to lead like-minded groups to "non-violently disrupt" the event, which is one of three Romney fundraisers planned in the Hamptons that day, .

“We’ll be making noise, holding up signs and letting everybody that has to pass by there on the way to the fundraiser know that Long Island does not support the political agenda that they’re raising money for that night,” said Long Island Progressive Coalition communications coordinator David Segal.

He said the coalition learned of the event after an invitation was leaked online. According to the invitation, the fundraiser will begin at 5 p.m. and the cost is $50,000 per individual and $75,000 per couple, with proceeds benefiting Romney Victory, Inc.

“The fact that David Koch is spearheading this fundraiser is indicative of the role that money is playing in politics right now,” Segal said.

The Romney campaign did not immediately reply to requests for comment.

The protest is planned for 4 p.m. in front of the oceanfront Meadow Lane estate, though demonstrators will first assemble at the parking lot at 3 p.m. They will then march to Koch's home carrying banners.

“We want to show up in front of the Kochs' house to say, 'We’re tired of you promoting policies that go against the interest of everyday people,'" Segal said.

Joining the coalition are Greenpeace, Occupy Wall Street, Moveon.org, Strong For All, United New York, The Occupied Storefront and Occupy Huntington. Protestors from New York City will be bussed in for free.

Southampton Village has a law against protests targeting a domicile, but Mayor Mark Epley said Thursday that it is the village attorney's opinion the law does not apply in this case because Romney does not reside at the estate.

The law was adopted after anti-illegal immigration protestors took to demonstrating outside Epley's house.

Epley said his biggest concern is the safety hazards a large gathering on Meadow Lane poses on a Sunday afternoon when many vehicles are leaving beaches and the county park at the end of the road.

Segal said the demonstrators will not block driveways or impede traffic, and will follow the conventional rules governing protests.

Hazel Wilkonson the First July 03, 2012 at 05:58 PM
HAH! An open mind? That is freaking hilarious!
John Gill July 03, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Do they have permits to park at Coopers?
Jim Mc Lauchlen July 03, 2012 at 08:00 PM
From Southampton Village Code TARGETED RESIDENTIAL PICKETING Picketing, demonstrating or protesting that is targeted or directed at a particular dwelling or at a particular person or persons who reside in a particular dwelling. § 82-28 Prohibitions. A. It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in targeted residential picketing on the portion of a public street which is in front of the property upon which the targeted dwelling is situate. As used herein, the portion of a public street which is in front of the property upon which the targeted dwelling is situate means and includes the portion extending from the street line at the front of such property (the front lot line of such property) to the opposite street line. B. It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in targeted residential picketing on the portion of a public street which is in front of the adjacent property on either side of the property upon which the targeted dwelling is situate (to wit, in front of the property adjoining either side lot line of the property upon which the targeted dwelling is situate). As used herein, the portion of a public street which is in front of such adjacent property means and includes the portion extending from the street line at the front of such adjacent property (the front lot line of such adjacent property) to the opposite street line.
Hazel Wilkonson the First July 07, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Hey, lazy Walter, there WERE protests at a number of Obama fundraisers. Crawl out from under your FOX news rock and pay attention.
RLFord July 07, 2012 at 07:30 PM
The fact that you equate a legitimate peaceful protest with some destructive cult shows how off the wall your comment is. And maybe nobody protested the President's $45k a plate dinner because there wasn't anything to protest. Just plain fund raising is not the same as buying an election with unlimited unidentified money, thanks to the paid off members of the Bush Court. The "Dopey Hollywood Crowd" indeed. Pissed because you're not one of them?
Roy T. Paudidard July 07, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Can We Share a Feastly Table? While Long Dead Ghostly Industrial Ghouls, Still Feed Pacing Asylum-Locked Rants - to the Masses, Both Morphine Addicted to the Endorphin Release Of their Own Groaning, Moaning Exclamations! That Trap Both Ego and Audience on the Porch of Drunken Bellowing and Smug Chuckling Where Clanging Alarms Urgently Warn Of Insidious Plots by Unjust, Bleeding Heart Agents Of the Oppressed and Poor. Bankers and their Enslaved Muttering Discontents Bore Me They alone need to be regulated What Commands My Inspiration to Partake and Share, Is the Excitement and Drive to Improve Myself and this World For Our Children’s Joy of Sharing Solutions! Can we walk past the War Table Of Endlessly Consuming yet Hopelessly Starving Greed, To Feast Instead, as Leaders And as Inspired, Educated and Accomplished Emissaries, From the Best Schools of Reason, Justice and Freedom!
RLFord July 07, 2012 at 08:47 PM
The answer to your first two questions is No. Why? Because there's nothing to protest. If enough people were upset about Clooney's fundraiser, as you seem to be, there would and should have been protests. So, if you're so upset, why don't you organize one?
North Fork Bob July 07, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Wall St and the big banks control this Country.They own all the politicians who make all the laws they want. Well the worm is going to turn.I'm going to enjoy watching the Koch brothers and all of the people at that dinner try and squeeze through the eye of that needle.Guess what they aren't going to make it.All things are settled in Heaven
North Fork Bob July 07, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Any woman who votes republican is like a Jewish person voting for Hitler.They are hurting women at every level.
Jaguar-Guy July 08, 2012 at 10:45 AM
RLF - what a loser. No, nobody wants to be part of the dopey hollywood crowd. Let's see how peaceful it is. Do you live out here - no. Take the protests out of our towns.
Jaguar-Guy July 08, 2012 at 10:51 AM
Well Mo, glad you have your head shoved so far up O's arse that you are poop-washed and that you LOVE every single thing he has done. You bash and bash the candidate who is not Bush, has not been President and is not at fault currently for our economy. In fact, the signature piece of President O's 4 years is Romneycare - so, you should be worshiping him. You are the only one who rails against anything Mo Dill. I am glad they are protesting - and only comment that I hope OWS and others protest equally - unlike you.
Jaguar-Guy July 08, 2012 at 10:57 AM
Does anyone care that the projected original cost of ACA was $650-$700 Billion (the reason for all the new taxes under the Act), and the new adjusted projected cost is now about 2 Trillion ??? I am sure HHS will fact check this within 3 minutes - thanks HHS. How are we going to fill in the missing 1.3 Trillion Dollars ????
Jaguar-Guy July 08, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Good point.
leslie July 08, 2012 at 12:42 PM
PROBABLY PAID THEM OFF. Never heard anyting at the town Hall meeting!! So yea PAID OFF!!!!!
North Fork Bob July 08, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Fran the banks destroyed our economy.It takes time to fix it.Meanwhile for a woman to be for republicans is beyond belief.Look what they are doing.Eliminating Planned Parenthood and many other programs that help women
North Fork Bob July 08, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Yeah that's great last time we had a Republican he started an illegal and immoral war that we are still engaged in.He also destroyed our reputation around the World. Google Bush crime family and Union Bank 1942 for some surprises.Those Bush people get around including backing Hitler
Howard H July 08, 2012 at 10:28 PM
You'd be surprised at how many regular contributions come in from every day people, some with $50, or $500 - but the numbers are great and it is a grass roots program that is running with a minimum of any amount, generally starting at low as $3, thus making it affordable to the every day citizens who can not afford $$$ to give but want a say in how our government is run. Most Americans are tired of having big corporations spend billions on campaigns including foreign investors who have more to say about our elections than "We the people!". You should understand the frustrations of those that have worked hard all their life and find that their homes are in foreclosure, many loosing their jobs, or those that have jobs, have to work two jobs in order to make ends meet. If you live in a heavily taxed area like Long Island, those making under $50K a year have taxes soaring up into the $8K range, so yes, they are quite annoyed.
Howard H July 08, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Hey Cosmo, they do but obviously you have never gone to any of their web sites to know. You still may not agree, but at least you know why. The list of groups is noted in the article I do believe, go do yourself a favor and be informed you may actually find there is more views than the ones Fox presents. You know Murdock keeps a tight lid on anything he doesn't want out on Fox.
Howard H July 08, 2012 at 10:42 PM
They may be coming by bus but why is it a concern to you if those on the bus have paid their way. I know I get messages all the time for various things, and say a bus may be available if we have enough paying passengers. Most of Long Islanders are in doubt over your head and you are worrying about them but are just "inconvenienced" for one afternoon because the presidential candidate is in your area? I guess you have never been to NYC whenever a presidential calvacade comes through. It doesn't matter which president, it still a traffic nightmare with security details everywhere. Tomorrow you get your beaches back, deal with the reality of campaigning.
Jaguar-Guy July 08, 2012 at 10:44 PM
And the Mr. Irrelevant Award goes to Bob Fraser for attacking 1942 Bush - Idiot.
Howard H July 08, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Fran, "Peace & Love" is fine but it does not put food on the table for the rest of us working people. Everyone has a right to peacefully demonstrate, just because you may be "inconvenienced" for one day, learn to live with reality once. As regards to the middle class he is trying to help but Congress is the party of "no" so it is very difficult to get help where it is needed - the middle class and now should be re-named, "poor/lower middle class" as well. If you really want to know what's going on visit the whitehouse.gov for updates. Any way he signed into law the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act that ensures women get equal pay for the same jobs men do. Maybe to those rich people all over, this means little to you, but to hard working women, it surely does matter. Health insurers can not longer hold over your head, the "pre-existing" exclusion from buyers or cancelling your coverage when you actually get sick, trying to keep premiums low and insurance company have to justify their rate hikes prior to issuing them, closing the donut hole on prescription drugs for those on Medicare (65+, this will help over 2.6 million seniors), that's a savings of $550 each on their prescription drugs. I know to you these smaller amounts seem like peanuts, but the average senior citizen, it is very helpful.Running out of space, but you get the idea. Look it up on the net.
Howard H July 08, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Hey Glory Days - It doesn't raise your taxes. This is a misnomer! If you have health insurance like we have, and want to stay with it, you can - no taxes. If you have health insurance, but don't like the very high premiums, the ins. co. now have to offer a better rate. ONLY IF you DON'T have insurance then you have to participate and buy insurance at a reduced rate. That eliminates the freebees at the emergency rooms. Those now that are WITHOUT insurance, are already using emergency rooms even for colds or flu because it is the law, that NO hospital has the righ to turn away patients, if they don't have insurance, or even if they don't have the funds to pay cash. SO you as taxpayers are ALREADY paying for those using emergency rooms. Isn't it better if you make it more affordable so these low income families can keep healthy and also save taxpayers now that they won't frequent the emergency rooms for free?
Howard H July 08, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Stop copy/paste every time - it's getting boring.
Howard H July 09, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Your logic hurts the average American in thinking Romney and entourage really care about the poor middle class working people. Liberals are very down to earth - feet first on the ground - can see through the "hype and glitter" that is being thrown out. Just yesterday Romney agrees with the Supreme Court's decision on the new health care act, like his campaign manager said earlier this spring: wait he will be like "Etch a Sketch", well his campaign manager is on the mark again.
Mo Neill July 09, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Oh, sorry rick, I can see why you would think I made a statement of anger if I said you are a true Repub, like yr bizzaro Ron Paul, who votes w/ the Repubs, who caucuses with the Repubs, who sounds like a Repub, who waddles like a Repub, who goes on retreat w/ Repubs, who's registered as a Repub & seeks the Repub line to run for re-election & goes to the Texas Repub Convention to seek endorsement by his fellow Texas Repubs. BTW, see the hilarious meeting (interview) of Ron Paul w/ Sasha Barren-Cohen on Youtube. Have fun with yr Repub, Ron Paul.
Mo Neill July 09, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Glad you're glad Jag You have the typical Repub intellectual integrity so much in evidence since the Posse Commitatis cum Minutemen cum Tea Partiers started calling the shots in the GOP, standardizing their intellectual tenets & values that you mindlessly regurgitate. You are right, I love what Obama's done, except for trying to reason with Repubs who would sell out the middle class to block Obama's success & sell out the nation to grub for more monies from their 1% sponsors. Obama brought us out of the deep economic calamity the Repub Party & W put us into by de-regulating corporations & exempting the richest from sharing the burdens imposed on the middle class. You, Jag, have little integrity, though yr humorless, sloby attempt to insult. Sorry, you're in such a pique. You're right Jag, Obamacare is Romneycare & the best thing Willard has ever done, I agree. Now to be known for next century as Obamacare, just as the neo-con Repub grub, Wm Kristol, stated would happen should it pass. Poor Repubs, just as Socialist Security, Veteran's Hospitals & Medicare/Medicaid is deeply appreciated & supported by the vast majority of Americans, so shall Obamacare be supported as people find naysayers were very wrong in their prognostications. If you were a little less stupid you would see the GOP candidate himself says he supports Bush/Repub policies. Your piqued, embarrassed shame of being a Repub Bush/Romny supporter is out on the table for all to see what eludes you: any logic.
Mo Neill July 09, 2012 at 02:28 AM
who projected a cost of "2 Trillion???" what is "the missing 1.3 Trillion????" did anyone find it yet?
Jaguar-Guy July 11, 2012 at 10:45 AM
How ignorant Howard H, of course all our taxes are going to go up.
Jaguar-Guy July 11, 2012 at 10:55 AM
Yeah Idiot - I thought that may stop you. The revised cost of ACA is well over the initial 700 Billion Dollar cost. Who is going to make up the shortfall now that the projected cost is way, way over that cost ?? Shocker Mo, you don't know right ?? So, here come MORE taxes.
K9SAR September 29, 2013 at 10:24 AM
Who cares about the Progressives? The best thing to do is ignore them. They are so self-brainwashed that they believe their own garbage. The only thing that will change them at all is when they begin to feel the pain of the Obama/Bush/Clinton regime. Pain is coming and we will all feel it very soon. When the pain comes, "We The People", of both parties, will rise up and take our country back. I don't have faith in our leaders to do it. It is up to the people. Be informed, research the facts. Both parties are guilty. Time for a big change. Being a hater on the blogs will change nothing. Get up, get off your asses and do something about it. Get involved!

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