Romney’s Island-Hop for Fundraising

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New York State Police, local police and Secret Service guard the beachfront property of industrial billionaire David H. Koch before a fundraiser for Mitt Romney.

Mitt Romney is going island-hopping — New England-style — for campaign cash starting today and continuing Saturday.

After spending much of today at his campaign headquarters in Boston — where he’s raising more money through roundtable discussions with donors — the presumptive Republican presidential nominee will take an afternoon flight to Long Island and attend a fundraiser at a golf course in Southampton. Politico has reported an additional stop there will be at the home of hedge fund manager John Griffin of Blue Ridge Capital LLC. Campaign aides didn’t respond to a query about such an event.

Romney was in the Hamptons just more than a month ago, on July 8, when he attended three fundraisers in the area, including a $50,000 per-person dinner at the Southampton beach house of David Koch, an energy magnate who will serve as a convention delegate for Romney and is the eighth-richest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of $36.3 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

On Saturday, Romney’s stops include fundraisers on both Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.

The News-Times newspaper in Danbury, Connecticut, has reported that one of Romney’s stops on Nantucket will be at the island home of Barry Sternlicht, the founder of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc.

That would come with a touch of irony because Romney is a Marriott man. His campaign often stays at the chain’s properties (a favorite among point-hoarding reporters, too). He served on the company’s board of directors and his family has longtime ties to the Marriotts.

Nantucket, of course, is where a photo of Senator John Kerry windsurfing during a 2004 vacation helped George W. Bush’s campaign brand him as an elitist. Since entering the White House, President Barack Obama has enjoyed spending part of his summer on the Vineyard, although not this election year.


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