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Progressives Plan to Crash Romney's Fundraiser at Koch's Southampton Estate

Long Island Progressive Coalition, Moveon.org and other liberal groups will target $50,000-per-guest event on Meadow Lane.

Billionaire industrialist and frequent donator to conservative causes David Koch is planning a fundraiser at his Southampton estate for GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney on July 8 for $50,000 a head — and a number of uninvited guests plan to crash the party.

The Long Island Progressive Coalition said Thursday it will help to lead like-minded groups to "non-violently disrupt" the event, which is one of three Romney fundraisers planned in the Hamptons that day, .

“We’ll be making noise, holding up signs and letting everybody that has to pass by there on the way to the fundraiser know that Long Island does not support the political agenda that they’re raising money for that night,” said Long Island Progressive Coalition communications coordinator David Segal.

He said the coalition learned of the event after an invitation was leaked online. According to the invitation, the fundraiser will begin at 5 p.m. and the cost is $50,000 per individual and $75,000 per couple, with proceeds benefiting Romney Victory, Inc.

“The fact that David Koch is spearheading this fundraiser is indicative of the role that money is playing in politics right now,” Segal said.

The Romney campaign did not immediately reply to requests for comment.

The protest is planned for 4 p.m. in front of the oceanfront Meadow Lane estate, though demonstrators will first assemble at the parking lot at 3 p.m. They will then march to Koch's home carrying banners.

“We want to show up in front of the Kochs' house to say, 'We’re tired of you promoting policies that go against the interest of everyday people,'" Segal said.

Joining the coalition are Greenpeace, Occupy Wall Street, Moveon.org, Strong For All, United New York, The Occupied Storefront and Occupy Huntington. Protestors from New York City will be bussed in for free.

Southampton Village has a law against protests targeting a domicile, but Mayor Mark Epley said Thursday that it is the village attorney's opinion the law does not apply in this case because Romney does not reside at the estate.

The law was adopted after anti-illegal immigration protestors took to demonstrating outside Epley's house.

Epley said his biggest concern is the safety hazards a large gathering on Meadow Lane poses on a Sunday afternoon when many vehicles are leaving beaches and the county park at the end of the road.

Segal said the demonstrators will not block driveways or impede traffic, and will follow the conventional rules governing protests.

Mo Neill July 09, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Glad you're glad Jag You have the typical Repub intellectual integrity so much in evidence since the Posse Commitatis cum Minutemen cum Tea Partiers started calling the shots in the GOP, standardizing their intellectual tenets & values that you mindlessly regurgitate. You are right, I love what Obama's done, except for trying to reason with Repubs who would sell out the middle class to block Obama's success & sell out the nation to grub for more monies from their 1% sponsors. Obama brought us out of the deep economic calamity the Repub Party & W put us into by de-regulating corporations & exempting the richest from sharing the burdens imposed on the middle class. You, Jag, have little integrity, though yr humorless, sloby attempt to insult. Sorry, you're in such a pique. You're right Jag, Obamacare is Romneycare & the best thing Willard has ever done, I agree. Now to be known for next century as Obamacare, just as the neo-con Repub grub, Wm Kristol, stated would happen should it pass. Poor Repubs, just as Socialist Security, Veteran's Hospitals & Medicare/Medicaid is deeply appreciated & supported by the vast majority of Americans, so shall Obamacare be supported as people find naysayers were very wrong in their prognostications. If you were a little less stupid you would see the GOP candidate himself says he supports Bush/Repub policies. Your piqued, embarrassed shame of being a Repub Bush/Romny supporter is out on the table for all to see what eludes you: any logic.
Mo Neill July 09, 2012 at 02:28 AM
who projected a cost of "2 Trillion???" what is "the missing 1.3 Trillion????" did anyone find it yet?
Jaguar-Guy July 11, 2012 at 10:45 AM
How ignorant Howard H, of course all our taxes are going to go up.
Jaguar-Guy July 11, 2012 at 10:55 AM
Yeah Idiot - I thought that may stop you. The revised cost of ACA is well over the initial 700 Billion Dollar cost. Who is going to make up the shortfall now that the projected cost is way, way over that cost ?? Shocker Mo, you don't know right ?? So, here come MORE taxes.
K9SAR September 29, 2013 at 10:24 AM
Who cares about the Progressives? The best thing to do is ignore them. They are so self-brainwashed that they believe their own garbage. The only thing that will change them at all is when they begin to feel the pain of the Obama/Bush/Clinton regime. Pain is coming and we will all feel it very soon. When the pain comes, "We The People", of both parties, will rise up and take our country back. I don't have faith in our leaders to do it. It is up to the people. Be informed, research the facts. Both parties are guilty. Time for a big change. Being a hater on the blogs will change nothing. Get up, get off your asses and do something about it. Get involved!

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