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By on July 8, 2012

 

Republican hosts are to open their homes (and wallets) this weekend,” by Jim Rutenberg in East Hampton, N.Y.: “Romney [today] is expected to pull in $3 million from an event at the Creeks, the estate of Ronald O. Perelman, the billionaire financier and Revlon chairman, where tickets range from $5,000 for lunch to $25,000 for a V.I.P. photo reception. Another will be held at the home of Clifford M. Sobel, an ambassador to Brazil under President George W. Bush, and a final dinner will take place at the Southampton estate of the billionaire industrialist David H. Koch, where the going rate for entry is $75,000 a couple and $50,000 a person. …

“[O]ne member of [Romney's] finance team [said ], ‘There’s enough interest in stopping Obama that you don’t need to hire entertainment and celebrity chefs.’ Besides, the real estate should be entertainment enough. At Mr. Koch’s estate, the guests will be treated to one-of-a-kind scenery as they wait for face time with a possible president. Tucked into the Southampton dunes, Mr. Koch’s home is valued at about $18 million … But the jewel of the day is Mr. Perelman’s. … Sitting on 57 acres, it was built for the painter Albert Herter in 1899 … [I]t last went up for sale in 1991 (for $25 million) … Perelman’s representatives indicated that lunch on Sunday would be kosher, as Mr. Perelman keeps a kosher home.”

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