76ers Co-Owner Hosted Romney’s 47% Speech, Among Other Things…

Marc Leder, co-owner of the 76ers and (alleged) extreme party-boy/multi-millionaire, is a big fan of Mitt Romney, so it makes sense that he’d host a private fundraiser for the GOP candidate? Too bad it wasn’t so private

The $50,000 a plate fundraiser was held at Leder’s home in Boca Raton. Guests were told that Romney was speaking off-record, and they were asked not to repeat anything to the press. But it seems that rule was not relayed to the wait staff.

As you probably know, a portion of Romney’s speech at the fundraiser surfaced earlier this week on Mother Jones. One quote in particular sparked the ongoing media firestorm:

“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. And the government should give it to them. . . . These are people who pay no income tax.”

Though the budding filmmaker has yet to be identified, there’s been suspicion that it was shot by one of the white-gloved waiters working the event, as the perspective in the video seems to been taken from a service area.

Leder has since apologized to Mitt, and he’s working to find out out just who recorded the speech. He’s also thinking about suing.

Leder, who reportedly used gambling winnings to pay his way through Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, has now been thrust into the media spotlight, and that’s called some attention to his reportedly wild ways.

According to a New York Post article from August 2011 titled, “Nude Frolic in Tycoon’s Pool,” Leder has been the host of some parties that would make even the bro-iest of frat boys drool. These ragers purportedly included skinny-dipping, “scantily clad Russians” and booming house music-in addition to public sex acts.

I suppose we can’t really blame him for wanting to let off some steam, considering his wife left him for a 23-year-old tennis coach in 2009, but, nevertheless, the media is having a field day.

Naturally, Leder isn’t too happy about the scandal, stating, “I hosted a fund-raiser for an old friend in May. I believe all Americans should have the opportunity to succeed, to improve their lives, and to build even better lives for their children. I have supported people from both political parties who share this view and make it a priority, even though their ideas on how to achieve it may differ.”

Don’t worry about Mitt, though, he can still count on the other 53%,-or was it the 1%.-well, at least he can depend on whatever middle class he thinks earns $200,000 a year.

Sources: Philly.comCrossing BroadMother Jones

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TJ Creedon

A senior at Temple University, TJ Creedon spends most of his days studying journalism, working with student organizations, and folding sweatshirts for money at the campus bookstore. TJ can be reached at TJ@aycmedia.com and on twitter, @teejcreed.

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