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Mitt Romney will be back in Manhattan this week for yet another fancy fundraiser hosted by Wall Street titans and other New York billionaires, including New York Jets owner Woody Johnson and billionaire financier John Paulson.An invitation to the event, obtained by the National Journal, lists more than 80 co-chairs and reads like a who’s who of New York’s elite political donors. It is yet another indication that the city’s deep pockets are abandoning President Barack Obama and have settled on Romney as the best alternative.
The fundraiser, which will take place Wednesday at the Grand Hyatt, begins with a $2,500-a-head VIP reception, followed by a $500 breakfast for those who aren’t looking to max out their campaign contributions this year.
Here’s who else is hosting:
- Credit Suisse CEO Eric Varvel (a former Mormon missionary)
- Real estate magnate Steve Ross
- Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld. Weld was among the high-profile Republicans who endorsed Obama in 2008.
- New York financier Stephen Lessing
- Flashy hedge fund manager Anthony Scaramucci, or “Gucci Scaramucci,” as George Bush calls him. He moved into the Romney camp after getting into a fight with President Obama last year.
- Apollo managing director Marc Rowan
- Billionaire hedgefunder Louis Bacon, founder of Moore Capitol Management
- Billionaire investor Jeff Altman, founder of Owl Creek Asset Management
- Retired banker and former New York Fed Chair John Whitehead. Whitehead is a major New York philanthropist and was one of the most notable Republican donors to Joe Lieberman’s independent Senate campaign.
- Top Republican money man Lew Eisenberg
- Investment manager Joe Schmuckler, chief financial officer for John McCain’s 2008 campaign
- Former commercial aviation titan Frank Lorenzo
- New York hedgefunder Scott Bankroft
- Billionaire investor Julian Robertson
- New Jersey biotech entrepreneur John Crowley. Crowley is rumoured to be considering a 2012 Senate bid against New Jersey’s Democratic Senator Robert Menendez.
- Investment manager and former software executive Kenneth Juster. He Under Secretary of Commerce during the George W. Bush administration.
- Real estate investor Ira Akselrad. A former tax attorney for Johnson&Johnson, Akselrad has been implicated in an ongoing tax-shelter investigation.
- Retired president (and heir) of Clairol Bruce Gelb, a big Bush backer who served as Ambassador to Belgium under President George H.W. Bush
- Iconix Brand Group CEO Yehuda Schmidman
- Former New York Congressman Rick Lazio (best known for his failed 2000 Senate run against Hillary Clinton and short-lived 2010 gubernatorial campaign)
- Former New York Congressman Christopher Lee (better known as the Craigslist Congressman)*
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