Times Talks to Romney Fundraisers Guests

New York Times reporters on the ground in the Hamptons Sunday for three separate presidential fundraisers at exclusive estates.

As former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney made a swing through the Hamptons on Sunday — starting at Revlon chairman Ronald Perelman's East Hampton estate known at The Creeks, then off to Meadow Lane in Southampton Village at the mansions of Koch Industries' David Koch and former U.S. Ambassador to Brazil Cliff Sobel — New York Times reporters followed.

At each stop, Romney attended a pricey fundraiser for his presidential campaign; admission was $50,000-per-individual and $75,000-per-couple at the Koch estate.

The Times reports running into in , and a smaller protest at Perelman's.


New York Times reporters spoke to attendees on their way in and out of the estates, including Ted Conklin, the owner of in Sag Harbor. He told The Times what he thinks of President Barack Obama: "He is a socialist. His idea is find a problem that doesn’t exist and get government to intervene.”

A line from the Times article that was oft-quoted in the media Monday came from Laura R. Schwartz, who was waiting in line in a black Range Rover outside the East Hampton fundraiser. “Is there a V.I.P. entrance?" she asked a Romney aide. "We are V.I.P.”

Read what other attendees had to say at nytimes.com.

Jaguar-Guy July 11, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Come on. You quote some woman who allegedly said "where is the VIP entrance" - so what ?? Patch Staff - Sounds more like Lisa Tyson wrote the story - seriously. And you have typos in the story. Lastly, the American Hotel owner said what he thinks, and the woman was trying to get in the driveway. What is the point of the story - that the Times showed ??
Preliator July 11, 2012 at 04:12 PM
I also like how the story is by the "Patch Staff", no one had the guts to put there name to this piece because it is so worthless. Makes me wonder about how objective the Patch may be.
Jaguar-Guy July 11, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Here, let me write an anti-Romeny comment that this story has obviously begged for - Oh, those horrible Tea-Bag Rich bastards all want to cut the line. There, you have your class warfare Patch. What an clearly leaning piece of bashing by Patch - I am surprised at you guys . . . honestly.
christie nicolle July 11, 2012 at 08:21 PM
MITT ROMNEY -- AT LAST A GROWN UP RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT*** Pray, Pray, Pray this darling man wins + we can end the regime of the Marxist Obama!
Roy T. Paudidard July 12, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Welcome to the age of politics where platforms are not needed, replaced by only disdain for the opposition. Makes one wonder just how many votes 10 dollars of corporate money can rob from the ones who can't think for themselves. Say 'Marxist Regime' while holding your tongue, go read a historical book about any political ideology and then try to muster enough independent thought to refrain from voting for an automatic war with Iran as your corporate puppeteers would have you do because they can know no better. Want to buy some Kool Aid?
George Soros July 12, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Hey, that was my ex-wife. I heard she is brown as a berry from spending all summer in the sun. Chances are she was there with Frank Zappone. They were there under cover dressed as Mr. & Mrs. Sean Hannity.
Hazel Wilkonson the First July 12, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Your third grade jokes are as lame as they come, Georgie. Your mom may think they're cute, but don't you think it's time to move out of her basement and face the world?
Jim Crownover July 14, 2012 at 07:52 PM
We repeat all errors of the past which cause countries to fail. The biggest one is allowing the elite wealthy aristocrats to completely take over the government. If you hate democracy I guess you are happy now. Ask not what your billionaires can do for you - ask what you can do for your billionaires.
Steven McCormack July 19, 2012 at 07:10 AM
The point of the story is that Mitt Romney was in town and a bunch of rich people gave him lots of $ to keep their taxes low. These people don't"donate", they invest. And if Romney wins the election, they will collect on their investment. As to authorship, it is merely an introduction to the NYT article, which is linked to the intro.


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