Guests at special Mitt Romney gatherings with a little extra pocket change paid up to $25,000 to hear him speak over the weekend. A luncheon fundraiser for his wealthy supporters was held at the Long Island home of Ronald O. Perelman, chairman of Revlon cosmetics and a billionaire financier. Expecting to haul in $3 million, the presidential hopeful was also scheduled to attend fundraising events at the Hamptons homes of Clifford Sobel, former U.S. ambassador to Brazil, and billionaire David H. Koch. Romney supporters spoke about the need for a “fresh face” and the evils of President Obama: “He is a socialist. His idea is find a problem that doesn’t exist and get government to intervene,” said Ted Conklin, the owner of the American Hotel in Sag Habor.
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