Pioneers of private equity, hedge fund investing, and venture capital were among the co-hosts of Hillary Clinton's first trio of fundraising events, all scheduled for today in New York.
Clinton planned to talk about building an economy for the future, strengthening families, cleaning up the political system, and national security, according to one of her aides.
The irony was not lost on Twitter, where some folks pointed out the distance between Clinton's recent remarks on economic justice and the financial positions of the one-percenters who fund campaigns, including hers.
One of Clinton's fundraiser today is hosted by a huge private equity guy who protested the post-Enron regulations http://t.co/9ahkpdjPbm— Zaid Jilani (@ZaidJilani) April 28, 2015
The first event, with an attendance listed by the campaign as approximately 120 people, was held from noon to 2 pm at the home of Lisa and Richard Perry, whose firm, Perry Capital, took a controlling interest of Barneys in 2012. That reception was co-hosted by Ann Tenenbaum and leveraged-buyout master Tom Lee.
Guests paid $2,700, the maximum donation for the primary, to attend, while the hosts bundled 10 contributions to total $27,000 apiece.
A second afternoon event, hosted by art dealer Arne Glimcher, his wife, Milly, venture capital and private equity titan Alan Patricof, and investor Stan Shuman, was expected to draw about 75 people; and the third fundraiser, headlined by hosts Doug and Agatha Teitelbaum (he's the managing partner of Homewood Capital), private equity manager Jay Snyder, and Margaret Russell and scheduled for tonight, was expected to bring in checks from 150 donors.
The rules for the second and third events were the same as for the first: hosts bundle $27,000, and guests give $2,700 apiece.