Protesters Crash Mitt Romney’s Hamptons Fundraiser [PHOTOS]

Police barricade keeps Progressives, Occupy groups far from $50,000-a-plate dinner at David Koch's mansion.

A blockade of local police, New York State troopers, a canine unit and federal authorities rushed in Sunday to keep several hundred protesters from disturbing billionaire David Koch's $50,000-per-person fundraiser for Gov. Mitt Romney's presidential run.

The dissenters gathered across from , arriving by car, bike, taxi and bus from New York City, and as far away as Norway. The crowd represented many activist groups, including Occupy Wall Street, MoveOn.org, Occupy the Hamptons, the Long Island Progressive Coalition, Service Employees International Union, Long Island Jobs with Justice, Greenpeace, Strong Economy for All Coalition, United New York, Suffolk Peace Network, Art Not War, Occupy Huntington, Align NY, NY Communities for Change, NYACLU, plus many unaffiliated people who wanted to have their voices heard. “Dissent IS Patriotic” was seen on many signs, banners and T-shirts.

An airplane flew over the protest and the Koch estate making certain fundraiser attendees, including Romney himself, would see the trailing a banner reading, “Romney Has A Koch Problem,” which inspired the protestors to chant “rehab, rehab, rehab.” A black Cadillac, MoveOn's “Romney Mobile,” arrived early covered with corporate logos and a dog strapped to the roof.


To the battle cry of the Occupy Wall Street movement, self proclaimed 99-percenters, the poster “Romney President of the 1%” echoed many of the objections, not only to Romney himself but also to his alliance with billionaires like David Koch and his brother Charles Koch, who have pledged tens of millions of dollars to defeat President Barack Obama in November.

Lisa Tyson, the director of the Long Island Progressive Coalition, stated in a  release handed out at the protest, “David Koch has done everything in his power to erode the few protections that we have for workers, for the environment and for clean elections. We may not be able to stop the fundraiser, but we can make sure that it’s clear to everyone who attends: if you’re siding with David Koch, you’re standing against the 99%.”

Petey July 14, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Let me get a couple things straight. It is a HUGE problem that Romney had a $50K a plate fundraiser and has so many rich supporters but the Obama fundraiser at George Clooney's house for $40K in 2008 was fine? Why what is the difference? You ARE kidding me. Here is another fun fact for you, Ann Romney drew criticism for spending $1,000 of her OWN money on a blouse but Michelle Obama spent $500,000 on ONE vacation and this is ok? Where do you think this money came from? Obama makes less than that in a year so what do you think? It came from YOU! And even if it WAS his money you think someone who allows their wife spend more than their annual salary on one of however many vacations knows how to budget money? I don't think so! Romney is also so selfish right and hoarding all his money? What about the fact he donated $20M to charity last year alone? What a jerk huh? Guess who much your multi millionaire vice president donated? $950! That's a fact folks. Those who say he "inherited this mess" must be joking. When Obama ran for office he was aware of our country's state. He still stood there and spewed promise after promise so regardless of what was inherited or not, Obama promised he could fix it anyway. As far a Barry's comment, I am speechless. Do you not watch the new or read the newspaper? That is the most ridiculous, uniformed post I have ever read. I can only hope that you are not a registered voter.
Alicia Palifka July 29, 2012 at 03:27 PM
I truely believe you, Hazel Wilkonson, are the meanest most nasty person to ever post on The Patch.. After looking at your many posts you are not worth the time of day to make any attempt in engaging in any discussion. Your typical liberal antics are unreal.Hasta leugo !!!
Hazel Wilkonson the First July 29, 2012 at 03:38 PM
SashaK, you have zero credibility, babe. You are clearly just another among a long line of ditto-head baggers on this site. Take a look at some of the sh** preliar has to say. Oh, yeah, that's right, he agrees with you! Pathetic.
Preliator July 29, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Oh Hazel, we have all missed you, where have you been, when did they give you back your computer access at the home? Now don't tarry too long, Nurse Rachet will be around soon with your meds, we don't want you to miss them. Say hi to Chief for us all.
Alicia Palifka August 11, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Hazel...you are so consistant with your liberal left hits..You are so ordinary and typical.If only you knew the kind of credibility I have but thankfully my credibility does not rely on your pathetic support...Yipee...


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