Breaking: David Corn Reveals Host and Location of Secretly Recorded FundraiserPosted: September 17, 2012
David Corn was just on the Rachel Maddow show and said the source of the devastating videos of Mitt Romney at a high dollar fund-raised had given him permission to reveal the date, location and host of the fundraiser that he/she surreptitiously recorded.
The fundraiser was hosted by Marc Leder, a private equity executive, at his home in Boca Raton on May 17, 2012. According to Wikipedia, Leder is co-CEO of Sun Capital Parners, Inc. Corn also stated that the source told him Leder is known for throwing wild parties that resemble orgies. In fact Corn said that at a party in the Hamptons this summer guests were seen performing sex acts.
According to the New York Post, Leder throws a pretty mean party.
His “wild end-of-summer bash was the talk of the Hamptons this year,” the Post reported last December. “At the Bridgehampton home that Leder rented for a whopping $500,000 a month, guests cavorted nude in a pool and performed sex acts, while scantily clad Russian women danced on platforms. Dancers at the party also twirled flaming torches to booming beats.”
From a report on the fundraiser at the Palm Beach Sun Sentinel:
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney wrapped up a two-day Florida fundraising flurry with a pair of invitation-only events in Boca Raton on Thursday night.
Romney’s first Boca stop was a reception at Woodfield Country Club and then on to a $50,000-a-plate dinner at the home of Marc Leder, co-founder of private equity firm Sun Capital Partners.
The Palm Beach Post provides more background on Leder:
Mitt Romney will make some money stops in Florida on Wednesday and Thursday, including a $50,000-a-plate dinner at private equity mogul Marc Leder‘s Boca Raton home.
Leder has given $125,000 to the pro-Romney superPAC Restore Our Future and showered contributions on a variety of Republican candidates, including Sen. Marco Rubio and Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown. In Florida’s 2012 Senate race, Leder gave $5,000 to Adam Hasner‘s GOP campaign before Hasner switched to a U.S. House race; Leder recently gave $2,500 to Rep. Connie Mack‘s Senate bid.
The New York Times ran a profile of Leder in January of this year (quoted by Josh Marshall above). Here’s more from the article:
IT was, the gossip pages would later report, the talk of the Hamptons — a midsummer night’s bacchanal in the playground of the 1 percent.
Beyond the windswept dunes in Bridgehampton, at a $400,000-a-month oceanfront mansion, bright young things bubbled up and the Champagne flowed fast. Into the small hours, professional dancers in exotic clothing gyrated atop platforms. One couple twirled flaming torches. The sounds of techno boomed over the beach.
Mr. Leder, 50, is virtually unknown outside financial circles. But from his headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., he presides over a multibillion-dollar private empire. He is a practitioner of a Wall Street art that helped define an age of hyperwealth, and which has now been dragged into the white-hot spotlight of presidential politics: private equity.
It was through private equity that one Republican candidate, Mitt Romney, amassed his wealth — and, it turns out, it was through private equity that Mr. Romney first met Mr. Leder. A couple of months after the blowout in Bridgehampton, Mr. Leder was host for a fund-raiser at his Boca Raton home for Mr. Romney’s campaign. But the connection goes back even further. Years ago, a visit to Mr. Romney’s investment firm inspired Mr. Leder to get into private equity in the first place. Mr. Romney was an early investor in some of the deals done by Mr. Leder’s investment company, Sun Capital, which today oversees about $8 billion in equity.
Here’s the Post story reference in the NYT: Nude frolic in tycoon’s pool
So this is the type of guy that modest Mormon Mitt likes to hang with. Wow!
I will add anything more I can find on Leder and the fund raiser in question in the comment thread.