Romney Video Leak: Party Host Was Florida Private Equity "Party Boy" Marc Leder
Mitt Romney is still reeling today from the leaked video showing him hobnobbing wealthy donors with the worst kind of rich guy bashing on the lazy 47 percent. But who was Romney wining and dining with such a cringe-worthy speech?
A South Florida millionaire playboy, of course! Turns out he was speaking at the Boca home of Marc J. Leder -- a private equity baron once called a "vulture" by the Miami Herald, and whom the New York Post claims is fond of throwing wild, naked orgies.
Mother Jones, which was the first publication to post video of Romney's speech, says this morning that Leder was the host. He's certainly an enthusiastic Romney supporter, giving more than $300,000 to Romney-supporting SuperPACs; employees of his company have chipped in nearly a million bucks of their own to the candidate, the magazine writes.
More than 150 people showed up at his house on May 17 for the $50,000-per-plate fundraiser with Mittens captured on this surreptitious video:
But who is this guy?
Leder is co-CEO of Sun Capital Partners, a firm that made its fortune in the post-9/11 economic bust by snapping up troubled companies at bargain-basement prices. In a piece about his company written in 2001, the Herald called it a "vulture" in a piece titled "Rise of the Bottom-Fishers."
But much more importantly, the Post claims that Leder -- who owns a piece of the Philadelphia 76ers -- likes to drop the cash he's not sending to Romney's campaign on some wild-ass parties.
Take it away, Post:
It was as if the Playboy Mansion met the East End at a wild party at private-equity titan Marc Leder's Bridgehampton estate, where guests cavorted nude in the pool and performed sex acts, scantily dressed Russians danced on platforms and men twirled lit torches to a booming techno beat.
The divorced Sun Capital Partners honcho rented a sprawling beachfront mansion on Surf Side Road for $500,000 for the month of July. Leder's weekly Friday and Saturday night parties have become the talk of the Hamptons -- and he ended them in style last weekend with his wildest bash yet ....
A friend of once-conservative Leder said that after his ex-wife, Lisa -- who claimed he's worth $400 million -- admitted to cheating on him with her 23-year-old tennis coach after 22 years of marriage in 2009, "he went wild." "So many girls think they're dating him. There are least three [girlfriends] that I know of."
You're right Mitt: This guy is the real beating heart of America, not all those middle-class moochers voting for B.O.
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