Marc Leder, whose $3 million mansion west of Boca Raton was the location of what became the most discussed fundraiser of the 2012 election, is back on the fundraising circuit.
Leder hosted a $50,000-a-person fundraiser on May 17. It's where Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was surreptitiously videotaped as he dismissed 47 percent of Americans as people who don't take responsibility for their lives.
Disclosure of the recording last month by the liberal magazine Mother Jones rocked the Romney campaign, gave Democrats ammunition to attack and prompted many Republican candidates to distance themselves from their presidential nominee.
This Friday, there's another Republican fundraiser (prices: $2,500; $10,000; $25,000) in Boca Raton, headlined by vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, and Leder's listed on the host committee.
Invitations to Saturday fundraisers ($5,000 and $50,000) in Palm Beach headlined by Romney also include Leder as of one of the hosts.
Leder is part owner of the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team, and co-chief executive of Sun Capital Partners. The private investment firm targets underperforming businesses with the aim of turning them around, and sometimes closes them – the same way Romney amassed his fortune at Bain Capital.
Others on the host committee for the Romney event include sugar magnate Pepe Fanjul, whose family holdings include Domino Sugar, Florida Crystals and C&H Sugar; investor Wilbur Ross, worth $2.3 billion according to Forbes magazine; and Steve Ross, majority owner of the Miami Dolphins, whose fortune Forbes puts at $4.4 billion.
After the Leder fundraiser made news, Justin Sayfie, a Fort Lauderdale lawyer and Republican fundraiser, said such events give donors an intimate view of the candidate. "There's just more opportunity for more personal communication with the candidate than you more typically get," he said.