One of the hallmarks of Willard Romney’s campaign is his inability to relate to Main Street Americans, the 99%. He has repeatedly made gaffes, not to mention insults to small business people and hosts. However, I’m certain that Willard is far more comfortable in the midst of his kind of people, and this weekend, he has the opportunity to do just that.
The Romney campaign, whose fund-raising prowess has defied assumptions about President Obama’s financial advantages, offered wealthy donors and bundlers an extraordinary level of access to the candidate, his staff members, advisers and family this weekend at a three-day retreat that even seasoned political contributors said dwarfed previous presidential powwows.
Mr. Romney’s political operation seemed to all but shut down and relocate to the mountains of Utah. At least 15 senior campaign figures flew in for what blue-blazered guests from Texas, North Carolina and New York dubbed Republicanpalooza, delivering briefings on the effectiveness of Mr. Romney’s and Mr. Obama’s commercials and spinning them through the latest polling data, which they said showed the race as a dead heat.
“Everybody was completely accessible,” said Anthony Scaramucci, a New York financier and Romney fund-raiser who said the candidate took the time to warmly greet and thank him by his nickname, Mooch, at a dinner on the first night of the retreat.
Yet for all the political and financial firepower assembled here, the Romney confab was not the only, or necessarily the most exclusive, gathering of ultrarich Republicans this weekend. In a simultaneous demonstration of the party’s fund-raising might, the industrialist billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch held a conference for conservative megadonors at a resort outside San Diego. Over the past few years, their high-dollar strategy sessions have been the marquee events of the Republican campaign finance set… [emphasis added]
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Melissa Harris Perry, Lee Fang, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Alicia Menendez, and Peter Edelman discuss campaign finance transparency.
Not only does secrecy protect the 1% from connection to their lies, but also, it protects them from accountability to their customers.
I wonder if Scalia and Thomas attended AGAIN.
These are Willard’s people. They are the ones whom the Republican Party represent, and the ones whose interests the Republican Party will serve. Any vote that helps Republicans is a vote for the 1%.