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Obama Fundraiser Is Planned For August 24

Publication: The East Hampton Press
By Shaye Weaver   Jul 31, 2012 1:06 PM
Jul 31, 2012 2:59 PM

A star-studded fundraiser for President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign is planned for August 24 on the East End, falling almost seven weeks after a controversial Mitt Romney fundraiser at David Koch’s home in Southampton Village.

While the president himself is not scheduled to show, according to Southampton Town Democratic Committee Chairman Gordon Herr, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will be there.

The event, called “East End for Obama,” will be held at the home of Ellen Chesler and Matthew Mallow on Ocean Road in Bridgehampton, and will be hosted by actor Nathan Lane. James Taylor will also play a selection of songs for attendees.

While not as pricey as the $50,000-per-guest Romney event, which angered many and spurred a protest outside of the event, tickets to the Obama fundraiser are $500 for those under 30, $1,000 for a general ticket, and $2,500 for a preferred ticket, which includes a photo reception with Mr. Biden. For those who would like to be named “co-host,” contributing $10,000 will buy a photo opportunity and a name listing on the invitation.

Other “honored” guests include U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Frank Lautenberg, and U.S. Representative Tim Bishop.

Mr. Herr expressed his excitement about the event. “The fact that this event is being held on the East End confirms the fact that the East End plays an important role politically and economically in Suffolk County, Long Island and New York State,” he said in an email on Tuesday. “Furthermore, the Obama administration recognizes how vitally important it is that Congressman Tim Bishop is reelected in November.”

While Mr. Biden’s visit to Bridgehampton is for business, it is most likely that he will enjoy a little down time on the East End as well. The Bidens are known to vacation in Southampton and usually stay at philanthropist and technology entrepreneur David Bohnett’s estate on First Neck Lane in the village.

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By Mr. Z (6842), North Sea on Jul 31, 12 1:24 PM
Looking forward to our president being reelected. Romney really made a fool out of himself in England and Israel, and I think things will start to get easier. If the radical right congress would cooperate and work with the President, then we could get the economy going again.
By Steven (113), Westhampton on Jul 31, 12 1:26 PM
Really, so in your opinion the only thing preventing an economic recovery is lack of cooperation from congresS?
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Jul 31, 12 4:20 PM
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it may not be the only reason, but an obstructionist congress certainly doesnt help
By tm (161), mtk on Jul 31, 12 4:30 PM
Obstrucitonist? Oh, you mean the OPPOSITION party voted into to counter Obama's policies?

What happened during Obama's first two years in which the Democrats controlled the White House and both houses of congress? I guess it was the Democrats obstructing then, huh?
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Jul 31, 12 4:41 PM
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I'm just waiting for the next derivatives crash.

Fun fact of the day: derivatives trading was legislated to be exempt from gaming laws, as there is no physical difference between say racetrack betting, and how many hedge funds make their money.
By Mr. Z (6842), North Sea on Jul 31, 12 5:11 PM
You said it, Steven. Romeny has proved himself incapable of diplomacy. When you are the president you cannot just throw red meat to your base, you must be able to communicate to everyone. Romney is a teabag puppet and he and his buddy Randy the Outsourcer will finally be gone after this election.
By progressnow (556), sag harbor on Jul 31, 12 2:21 PM
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Diplomacy to leftists like you means turning your back on our allies and apoligizing to the people who'd love to watch America burn.

Obama and Bishop will lose, and you'll have to be medicated for the next four years.

By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Jul 31, 12 4:19 PM
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He most certainly did. Most ineffective President in US history. He couldn't get anything done even when he had the House and the Senate. He will lose a close vote, but he will lose. Can't wait.
By dnice (1523), Hampton Bays on Jul 31, 12 8:28 PM
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Still gnoring your disabled charge, eh phil? Aren't you supposed to be working at 4:49PM?
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Aug 1, 12 4:51 PM
This comment has been removed because it is a duplicate, off-topic or contains inappropriate content.
By HBPatriot (19), Hampton Bays on Aug 2, 12 5:32 PM
Ahhh - you "for the People" posters! You're very funny! That's a lot of money to pay to go meet our "Have I mis-spoken again?" VP and "Local Candidate". If, indeed, Tim Bishop, the VP and the President had ANY idea of how to "get the economy going again" - I dare say it would have been done. Perhaps even without adding a "tax", or a "penalty" or whatever you want to call it on the "middle class".... A "status" i worked hard to acheive but am losing every day thanks to our President. Thank goodness ...more
By Board Watcher (500), East Hampton on Jul 31, 12 2:35 PM
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are you going to pretend that democrats are the only ones with high priced fundraisers?

i dont like them either, but al least be honest.
By tm (161), mtk on Jul 31, 12 4:32 PM
It's the Democrats and their Occupy Wall Street allies(you know, rapists, violent anarchists, the "you owe me for breathing" crowd etc) that are up in arms over money in politics...well, at least when it's Republicans raising more money in a given year.

By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Jul 31, 12 4:45 PM
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Obama can't run on his record. He accomplished NOTHING but running up the debt. It will be a campaign of hate and fear. I can see it GOP hates the poor, women, they are racists, elitists, blah blah blah.
By razza5350 (1606), East Hampton on Jul 31, 12 3:38 PM
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Will be? Thats what it is now. Shills like progressnow have been portraying conservatives as pure evil, suitable only for the ovens in "reeducation" camps.

Cambodia, Vietnam, The Soviet bloc, Cuba... tens of millions of humans exterminated or forced to live in misery, brought to you by leftists.
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Jul 31, 12 4:23 PM
The debt was already rung up.

We just finally got to see the receipt...
Jul 31, 12 5:13 PM appended by Mr. Z
Communism was like any other system with a leader who was drunk with power. It had nothing to do with politics, and everything to to with despotism.
By Mr. Z (6842), North Sea on Jul 31, 12 5:13 PM
The debt has increased by over 40% in the last 4 years, the defecit for the year is at 1 trillion and Obama care will cost 2.7 trillion over the next 10 years.
By razza5350 (1606), East Hampton on Jul 31, 12 7:50 PM
BUT, what type of regulation?

Sandy Weil actually admitted that TBTF was a "poor" structure.

When corporates pay 20K a year, how can you NOT expect there to be a "welfare class". Rationally looking at the cost of healthcare, it's almost like they strategize it that way, to perpetrate class warfare between the "middle class", and the "poor"...
By Mr. Z (6842), North Sea on Jul 31, 12 8:56 PM
No young grasshopper.

People cannot be trusted.

Laws were enacted after the "Great Depression" to save "capitalism" from itself. Those laws were repealed, and oddly enough, things got more expensive. Figure that, eh?

Leaving the bankers in charge, is like letting the fox guard the henhouse.
By Mr. Z (6842), North Sea on Jul 31, 12 9:34 PM
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You just made all of those numbers up.
By PJC (5), Westhampton on Jul 31, 12 10:34 PM
Will those same protesters be in attendance? Thought not, since they are all liberal democrats looking out for their next handout!
By Walt (249), Southampton on Jul 31, 12 4:23 PM
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What's the point if Obama will not be there?
By EastEnd68 (868), Westhampton on Jul 31, 12 4:34 PM
The obstructionist congress is the only thing controling Obama from being worst then he is. But I must say Obama at his worst is better than Romney. Thank God we have a congress controling these officals.
By EastEnd68 (868), Westhampton on Jul 31, 12 4:37 PM
I can't stand Obama, but it does seem like the country does best when congress and the white house are split.
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Jul 31, 12 4:47 PM
Jeremiah Wright, Phil Ayers, Tony Rezko, Eric Holder. No visit ti Israel but a speech in Cairo in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood. Non existant job growth, trillions in NEW debt. You didn't build that! Yea Barry!!!!!!
By bigfresh (1431), north sea on Jul 31, 12 5:19 PM
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Trillions in offshore tax dodging havens too...
Jul 31, 12 5:21 PM appended by Mr. Z
Those who clothe themselves in "good deeds", are well camoflauged.
By Mr. Z (6842), North Sea on Jul 31, 12 5:21 PM
We need to turn our pitchforks and torches in the proper direction.

That would be the direction of the Federal Reserve, and Wall St.

You're only dealing with the stooges in any other direction.
Jul 31, 12 5:20 PM appended by Mr. Z
"The good of the many, outweighs the good of the one, or the senseless selfishness of a few...". I hope...
By Mr. Z (6842), North Sea on Jul 31, 12 5:20 PM
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Obamas not attending because there's not enough wealthy people attending. Wait until he's out of office making millions a year as a private citizen. His private finances will follow the other wealthy folks of this country.
By realistic (268), westhampton on Jul 31, 12 7:04 PM
Only $2,500 to have my picture taken with the village idiot. I think I'll pass.
By dnice (1523), Hampton Bays on Jul 31, 12 8:29 PM
Let's round up the protesters. Bus them in. Get as outraged at this dinner as you did when Romney was in town. Wait, the President will be a no show? No tv coverage? Never mind.
By auntof9 (68), Southampton on Jul 31, 12 8:41 PM
Maybe if enough people showed, it would be camerawothry.

Make it a huge "melting pot". Everyone make your own sign. Doesn't have to name a candidate, if it's how you feel strongest. Your best slogan. Whatever pi$$e$ you off most. Write about it.

It's too late to organize formally and assign public parking spots, but park as far away as you reasonably can, and walk there. Maybe pocket a marker, and come up with your "peace" along the way.

I guess I'm hoping auntie ...more
By Mr. Z (6842), North Sea on Jul 31, 12 9:06 PM
Can I ask a question?

Since we have a "Like" button...

Can we get a "Hate" button?
By Mr. Z (6842), North Sea on Jul 31, 12 9:37 PM
Haha, great idea!!
By dnice (1523), Hampton Bays on Jul 31, 12 9:52 PM
Hey Mr. Z, could the new button tone down the rhetoric a bit, and be a "Dislike" button? Think about it . . . when you build the die to be cast for all to use in the future.

We are all shipmates in the same vessel.

Thank you.
By PBR (4417), Southampton on Aug 1, 12 11:51 AM
You read my mind.

Sorry if z was guilty of "baiting"...
By Mr. Z (6842), North Sea on Aug 1, 12 8:41 PM
Whoops, guess I missed debate.
By PBR (4417), Southampton on Aug 2, 12 6:27 AM
Folks helping to re-elect an ineffective president who has been a complete failure. Obama=continued failing national economy (south fork excluded) and more money and troops dedicated to useless wars that do nothing to protect us. On the other hand, there is Romney, who is a best, the lesser of two evils. RON PAUL spoke the truth, but his ideas make to much sense to appeal to all the kool-aide drinkers. These folks who continue to worship Obama puzzle me even more than those who see Romney as some ...more
By louse pt. (109), springs on Jul 31, 12 10:35 PM
Folks helping to re-elect an ineffective president who has been a complete failure. Obama=continued failing national economy (south fork excluded) and more money and troops dedicated to useless wars that do nothing to protect us. On the other hand, there is Romney, who is a best, the lesser of two evils. RON PAUL spoke the truth, but his ideas make to much sense to appeal to all the kool-aide drinkers. These folks who continue to worship Obama puzzle me even more than those who see Romney as some ...more
By louse pt. (109), springs on Jul 31, 12 10:39 PM
Those of you who protest our President just don't seem to get it. The way this country has turned since the Civil Rights Law passed is just sad. I think it was inevitable. The southern white males just will not accept a black man or woman in any sort of power. It is that simple. It saddens me to know that a family in Little River, South Carolina is teaching their little girl to "cal that man what he is. He is a nig... Say it! That' what he is" this happened in 2011. I didn't dare say anything ...more
By summertime (515), summerfield fl on Aug 1, 12 10:49 AM
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Welcome to my world, summertime...
By Mr. Z (6842), North Sea on Aug 1, 12 10:41 PM
Your experiences are the exception and not the rule, Summertime and you damn well know that.
Heer's a test for you, without googling it, where is the Mason-Dixon Line?
By Phadreus1340 (144), Southampton on Aug 2, 12 9:40 AM
Mr. you took the wrong line with me. The Mason Dixon line, just in case some others besides you need to be informed, is along the line of southern Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. That is what I learned in school with Mr. Cassidy. And appareantly you have not lived among the 99% in North Carolina like I did in the 1990's. And you have not lived among the folks in the county south of Ocala Fla. You have no idea what these people believe. My husband and I could tell you a lot about the education ...more
By summertime (515), summerfield fl on Aug 2, 12 7:31 PM
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Only the dumb and naive think that a politician can help us. Both parties are incompetant and are directed to help themselves. Goverment is the problem not the solution!
By chief1 (1534), southampton on Aug 1, 12 5:47 PM
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Joe Biden: Proof that even an idiot can succeed in America.
By MickNY (43), East Hampton on Aug 2, 12 7:09 AM
Comment removed before censor has the chance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
By patrickstar (66), hampton bays on Aug 2, 12 9:33 AM
No don't blame liberal ideas. The illegal immigration problem costs us 700 billion a year, and the welefare handout program costs us 400 billion. All ideas of liberals and our lazy policies
By chief1 (1534), southampton on Aug 2, 12 10:03 AM
Ronald Reagen gave amnesty to three million illegals.
By Mets fan (414), Southampton on Aug 4, 12 7:20 PM
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A study conducted by a hispanic organization? Let's face it no one knows how many illegal immigrants are currently in the US. Any such study is laughable with no validity whatsoever.
By razza5350 (1606), East Hampton on Aug 7, 12 11:13 PM
Phil. Just curious. How do the people putting these figures together determine how many illegals are living in this country and how many are working?
By razza5350 (1606), East Hampton on Aug 9, 12 12:30 AM
Print something on paper and it becomes a fact? Is that how it works? I am not saying you are wrong or right I am merely asking a simple question. How did they come up with the number 11 million (True fact is no one knows)? If the group conducting the study can demonstrate what data and research they used it would make your blanket statement more plausible.
By razza5350 (1606), East Hampton on Aug 10, 12 8:18 AM
Where in my posts did I say 10% of the population are illegal immigrants? My point is no one knows. I don't care who is providing these so called studies. I have yet to see a study that explains to me how they came up with these numbers. You keep saying you can find "similar numbers from other sites" but you cant explain to me how they came up with these figures. Until you can I will assume they were plucked out of thin air and are not valid
By razza5350 (1606), East Hampton on Aug 10, 12 11:01 AM
All of you folks that love Romeny and the adlepated tea party should move the the villages in Fla. In that community of 96,000 souls there in one newspaper, one tv chanel, and one radio station all so censored that only republican view points are printed and spoken. Sounds like heaven huh? And ONLY Republicans are allowed to attend events wherein the speaker is a Republican. When GWB was wined and dined there the protestors were held 2 miles away and kept under strict control by the police. Any ...more
By summertime (515), summerfield fl on Aug 2, 12 7:48 PM
Condi Rice, Herman Cain, Colin Powell or Col. West would all make great presidents, race has nothing to do with it. One can be against the Almighty Barak strictly on the basis of his failed policies and extreme left wing idealogy without being a racist.
By bigfresh (1431), north sea on Aug 2, 12 8:10 PM
Quit your charade bf. Your racism pours through your posts. Be a bigoted man and just own it. His failed policies don't look like it hit here. Everybody is cranking out here. If you don't tap into the money coming here, you are stupid or lazy. Stop complaining with a loaf of bread under each arm about Obama's policies. Life is pretty sweet here and businesses are raking it in.
By Mets fan (414), Southampton on Aug 4, 12 7:28 PM
The Villages sound like heaven-all that plus golf everyday.
By EastEnd68 (868), Westhampton on Aug 4, 12 7:57 PM
Google it and get their video promo. we did and we visited.
By summertime (515), summerfield fl on Aug 8, 12 9:08 AM
Business in our very insulated corner of the world is doing well thanks, In spite of Obama's dismal record . Chalk it up to the resilience of entrepeneurs and the 1%ers who choose to live here. Having a Marxist in the White House who started His career in the home of a domestic terrorist is no way to run a country. Addind 5 trillion of NEW DEBT will hurt our economy in the long run, He has no clue when it comes to business and what has made our country strong over the years.
It's sad when ...more
By bigfresh (1431), north sea on Aug 5, 12 7:26 AM
No.

What's sad is how you fail to understand the complexity of our economic system. Business out here "doing well" is an illusion. It is the result of a host of welfare programs for the "elite". More cash has been printed in the last ten years than ever before, and there is more "wealth" in existence than there ever has been in recorded history. Since 2001, $5,000,000,000,000 has been printed and simply created out of thin air. That's a more than quintupling of the money supply since ...more
By Mr. Z (6842), North Sea on Aug 5, 12 8:47 AM
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Well said, Mr. Z.

The Obama vs. Romney debates here and elsewhere assume that the President is in charge. He is not! In fact, the President has very little power to change policy.

He can set the tone for the country, and suggest and cheer lead for certain policies. But the real power lies deeper than most people would want to know or admit.

The old term "Military Industrial Complex" sheds some light. The term "Cheney/Bush I/Bush II Cartel" illuminates a bit more. And so ...more
By PBR (4417), Southampton on Aug 5, 12 9:28 AM
"welfare programs for the elite" what a joke. More class warefare BS from Z. The major reason we keep printing money is two fold. 1. We need to devalue the dollar to remain competitve globally. 2. We spend to much as a country. If we didnt print more money we would be bankrupt.
By razza5350 (1606), East Hampton on Aug 5, 12 10:58 PM
Yeah lets raise taxes, watch us fall of the fiscal cliff, see more rich people give up their citizenship, and watch unemployment really go through the roof. Great idea.
By razza5350 (1606), East Hampton on Aug 6, 12 9:03 AM
Well razza...

When is the last time you received a 400K loan that did not have to be paid back if you failed?

Well, it's almost equivalent to the 3M plus loans the "elite" received post baillout.

How do you like your "crow"?
Aug 6, 12 9:13 PM appended by Mr. Z
BTW razza, we are already "bankrupt". The Federal Reserve has already indefintely suspended payments due from the Treasury...
By Mr. Z (6842), North Sea on Aug 6, 12 9:13 PM
Maybe this is a little off topic, but I just read an interesting story about Tim Bishop. Tim seems to think its ok to pay his young daughter Molly 150k for fundraising a year. I've voted for Tim for the fact I thought he being an East Ender he could help raise money for projects here. It seems he is yet again raising money for his family as he did when he was at Southampton College. At Southampton he had more than 10 family members on the payroll. doing God knows what. This report about Tims daugter ...more
By chief1 (1534), southampton on Aug 5, 12 8:22 AM
Do you realize the best way to observe the Universe, is as far away from "civilizaton" as possible?
By Mr. Z (6842), North Sea on Aug 6, 12 9:38 PM
For Mr. Z I heard on the news this am that one of the "reporters" stationed at the olympics said he'd rather stay over there until Nov. 10 or so. This campaign season is really nutty.
I say congress should WORK 5 days a week, they work only 3 days in these past sessions. They have accompolished nothing to help move this country forward and they shut down business while the people in the west fry.
My prayers go out to those folks suffering from heat, bad air, loss of crops, loss of homes ...more
By summertime (515), summerfield fl on Aug 8, 12 9:31 AM
Why does that extended vacation not surprise me?

I can't say expatriation hasn't crossed my mind now and then...

By Mr. Z (6842), North Sea on Aug 8, 12 8:01 PM
They blocked the jobs bill? The goverment has gone another 3 trillion in debt trying to create jobs and it is questionable wether they have created any. Maybe it's time to let the private sector create them.
By chief1 (1534), southampton on Aug 9, 12 11:01 PM
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The private sector asked for, and received a "tax holiday" so as to create jobs.

They proceeded to pocket the windfall profit, and lay people off.

GET REAL!
By Mr. Z (6842), North Sea on Aug 10, 12 5:30 PM
That story has been debunked there Phil. On to the next Daily Kos or Huffington Post talking point. You have to keep up, you're usually better than this.
By bigfresh (1431), north sea on Aug 10, 12 7:03 AM
Bigfool, captn crunch, cheif0, et al, I cannot wait till November 7 to hear your sobbing! I know you want nothing more than to be like Mitt, but don't give up, you'll never have his money, but you sure do whine like him!
By witch hazel (213), tatooine on Aug 10, 12 5:13 PM
"...what they should be doing instead is hammering Romney on the missing returns, yes, but focusing even more on the returns he did release. We’ve known for seven months now, for instance, that Romney paid $3 million in federal taxes in 2010 on $21.7 million in taxable revenue, an effective tax rate of 13.9 percent. Which, as most people know, is less than half the rate most people pay on their income tax.

When Romney released these numbers, he said they were "entirely legal and ...more
By Mr. Z (6842), North Sea on Aug 10, 12 8:01 PM
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