By now, you’ve probably become somewhat aware of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s latest and perhaps greatest gaffe – a video at a fundraiser earlier this year at which he basically dismissed half the electorate.
After explaining to potential campaign donors that 47 percent of Americans don’t pay income tax, Romney said, “My job is is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”
What you may not know was that fundraiser took place in May in Boca Raton, Fla., at the home of Marc Leder, a private equity manager who once served as senior vice president for Lehman Brothers.
Leder is also one of 14 co-owners of the Philadelphia 76ers. He is part of the group headed by Joshua Harris, David Blitzer and Adam Aron which bought the team just under a year ago from Comcast-Spectacor for a reported $280 million.
When asked about the fundraiser by Philly.com, Leder refused comment but did issue a statement that appeared to somewhat distance his political views from those of Romney.
“I hosted a fundraiser for an old friend in May,” the statement said. “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.”
In addition to the statement, Leder also has apologized to Romney and is trying to determine who taped Romney’s remarks, which were supposed to be off the record.
Leder, 50, doesn’t just host fundraisers, though. Last summer, he hosted a party in the Hamptons that got a little wild.
According to the New York Post, a bash that supposedly included female platform dancers and men twirling torches devolved into nude swimming and public sex. Friends of Leder have said those events