Mitt Romney held three fundraisers in the Hamptons over the weekend catering to the super-rich New York mega 1%. The events raised more than $3 million, and bringing his June total to over $106.1M (compared to Barack Obama’s $71M). Even though Romney has made a the everyday American worker a focal point of his campaign, those attending these $50,000+/plate lunches and dinners weren’t exactly afraid to be vocal.
A woman in a blue chiffon dress poked her head out of a black Range Rover and yelled, “Is there a V.I.P. entrance? We are V.I.P.” (There was no VIP entrance)
Ted Conklin, the owner of the American Hotel in Sag Harbor was in attendance. “He [Obama] is a socialist. His idea is find a problem that doesn’t exist and get government to intervene,” Mr. Conklin said from inside a gold Mercedes, as his wife, Carol Simmons, nodded in agreement.
A New York City donor who would not give her name, told the LA Times “I don’t think the common person is getting it. Nobody understands why Obama is hurting them. We’ve got the message, but my college kid, the baby sitters, the nails ladies — everybody who’s got the right to vote — they don’t understand what’s going on. I just think if you’re lower income — one, you’re not as educated, two, they don’t understand how it works, they don’t understand how the systems work, they don’t understand the impact” she said from her Range Rover with East Hampton Beach Permits.
It’s frightening to think that these people are donating more for a plate than most people make as an annual salary and still have the gall to think of the poor as less intelligent citizens. What’s more frightening is that it’s been proven in American politics that you can buy votes – if you have more money, you usually win. Romney’s strength (and I know Obama feels the same way) has been his ability to raise money at a staggering rate. THe only real hope is that people can buck the trend and learn about the candidates’ policies and platforms, then make an informed vote. If you need someone to explain what’s going on, keep your eyes open for a Hamptons woman in a Range Rover.