’47 percent’ fundraiser is co-hosting new Romney/Ryan event

October 17, 2012

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is scheduled to attend a Florida fundraiser later this week co-hosted by Marc Leder. He's the hedge fund manager who hosted the event last spring where presidential nominee Mitt Romney disparaged the "47 percent" of Americans who do not make enough money to pay federal income taxes.

Leder, who has attracted wide attention for his celebrity parties, is listed as a member of the host committee for an evening reception with Ryan on Friday at St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton, according to an invitation obtained by Mother Jones magazine.

Donations are $2,500 per person for a general reception or $10,000 for "VIP Photo Reception," according to the invite. Real estate investors Mike and Irene Milin will then host a $25,000-a-plate dinner later in the night at their home.

Leder hosted a $50,000-a-plate May 17 fundraiser where Romney was surreptitiously videotaped saying that 47 percent of Americans were government freeloaders who see themselves as “victims,” who can’t be persuaded to take personal responsibility for their lives and who will support President Obama “no matter what.”

"My job is not to worry about those people--I'll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives," Romney said then.

Romney has sought to distance himself from the remarks in recent weeks. At Tuesday's debate with Obama in Hempstead, N.Y., he said, "I care about 100 percent of the American people."

Obama countered by urging audience members to "think about who he was talking about" at the fundraiser and then listed veterans, Social Security recipients and others as among those living on fixed or meager incomes.

Deputy Editor, National Politics
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