Mitt Romney's Big NYC Fundraiser

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Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will return to New York City on Friday for a “seated breakfast” fundraiser at the Hilton New York, according to an invitation obtained by the Sunlight Foundation.

The event boasts over 100 co-chairs, including Wall Street executives, some of the country’s wealthiest Americans, and major donors to the Romney-aligned super PAC, Restore Our Future (some fit into more than one of these categories).
Here are a few standouts:

Steve Schwarzman, the billionaire CEO of Blackstone, once said of President Barack Obama’s plan to raise taxes on private equity firms, “It’s like when Hitler invaded Poland in 1939.” Blackstone’s top lobbyist in Washington, Wayne Berman, is also a co-chair of the event. As the New York Times reported yesterday, Blackstone was named in a lawsuit, along with Bain Capital, brought by shareholders in federal court “who say the firms’ bid-rigging artificially deflated the sales price of more than two dozen companies and cost them billions of dollars.”

Former Bain executive Ed Conard, who faced some controversy after trying to secretly donate $1 million to Romney’s super PAC, is writing a book about the benefits of income inequality.

Oil industry billionaire John Catsimatidis and his wife are listed as co-chairs for the event. Catsimatidis’ United Refining Company has donated $75,000 to Restore Our Future.

Billionaire John Paulson, head of Paulson & Co, has given $1 million to Restore Our Future. Paulson and his company made billions on the credit-default swaps that helped wreck our economy in 2008.

The “team owners” Romney knows, NY Jets’ Woody Johnson and Miami Dolphins’ Steve Ross, are co-chairs. Ross has given $100,000 to the super PAC.

Other billionaires listed as co-chairs who have donated to Restore Our Future include Wall Street billionaires Paul Singer ($1,000,000), David Tepper ($375,000 donation) and Wilbur Ross ($100,000).

Wall Street donors have shifted their giving dramatically this cycle, many angry at the tone of Obama’s critiques of the industry and the passage of Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform legislation aimed at reining in the big banks after the economic collapse. Romney has said he would repeal Dodd-Frank. His campaign and Restore Our Future have raised $65.4 million from the industry while Obama and the aligned Priorities USA Action have raised just $15.4 million from financial donors, according to analysis of data from the Center for Responsive Politics.

The fundraiser was also advertised in the print edition of the Wall Street Journal earlier this week.

If you haven’t RSVPd, you missed the deadline, but it would have been $2,500 per person or $25,000 to $50,000 per table of ten.