Skip to comments.Chicago hedge fund manager switches from 2008 Obama fan to Romney backer
Posted on 06/15/2012 9:18:31 AM PDT by Lucky9teen
Four years ago, hedge fund manager Ken Griffin was impressed enough with Barack Obama that he invited him to speak to his employees and helped raise $50,000 to $100,000 for his presidential run. Griffin also hedged his bets by raising a similar amount for Republican John McCain.
But this year, Griffin ranked by Forbes as Chicagos fifth-richest man and his wife Anne, a French-born hedge fund manager herself, are all in with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, telling friends and interviewers they think Romney will better manage the economy.
They co-sponsored a $3.3 million fund-raiser on Obamas home turf at the Pump Room Thursday night and have emerged as among the nations most generous donors to pro-Romney or anti-Obama SuperPACs.
There are a number of Barack Obama fund-raiser types from four years ago that have come over now to help with Mitt Romney, Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford said outside the Pump Room fund-raiser for Romney Thursday. Weve had time to see what an Obama White House would be, and its not quite what some people thought it would be. People see Romney and say, Heres a businessman whos got experience I think were finding a number of people willing to pony up.
Inside the fund-raiser, Romney told those who had ponied up between $2,500 and $75,000, The American people, whether they like [Obama] or dont like him, recognize hes over his head, and its time to put into the White House somebody who knows how to get this economy going, and I do, and I will.
Griffin gave more than $1 million to Restore Our Future, the pro-Romney SuperPAC, since last December. The Griffins have given another $1 million to American Crossroads, Karl Roves GOP-allied SuperPAC, since last August. They have given to the Koch Brotherss Americans for Prosperity.
Griffin donated $450,000 to Republican Bill Bradys campaign for governor two years ago. He gave $200,000 to Rahm Emanuels campaign for mayor and more to the Stand for Children campaign to reform education.
Griffin, 43, was a wunderkind raised in Florida who began his investment success as a Harvard undergrad teenager before forming Citadel Investments, according to a Chicago Magazine profile. He raised eyebrows earlier this year when he told the Chicago Tribune the nations wealthiest people had insufficient influence on politics and government.
It is critical that the next president appreciates that Americas prosperity is driven by the innovation and hard work of the American worker, whose valiant efforts have, in recent years, been undermined by the oppressive weight of government intervention, Griffin told Politico.
Mitt Romney understands that the private sector is the source of economic growth and job creation His ideas can help get Americas economy moving again and start putting people back to work, Griffin told Bloomberg.
Another co-sponsor of Thursdays event was Susan Crown, whose brother, James, hosted a fund-raising dinner for Obama a few weeks ago. Her father, Lester Crown was also an early Obama supporter.
Also attending Thursday was Jimmy Johns sandwich empire founder Jimmy John Liautuad. He drove up to the Pump Room in a muzzler-deficient rusted-thru mint green Chevrolet well it was a couple of different makes put together. Liautuad proudly announced he had driven up from Champaign in the car with his wife, Leslie. Unfortunately the car would not move from State Parkway after he parked it.
Noting he has hosted Romney at his Champaign home and been elected a delegate for Romney to the national convention, Liautuad said of Romney, Hes experienced, hes disciplined, hes done it before, and hes the right guy for the job.
The EBT card crowd needs to buy a clue from them.
If this hedge fund manager was stupid enough to fall for obama’s garbage in 2008, I wouldn’t want him managing my money in 2012.
The GOP is happily morphing into the DNC.
“If this hedge fund manager was stupid enough to fall for obamas garbage in 2008, I wouldnt want him managing my money in 2012”
Exactly my thoughts while reading the article.
I thought the same thing when investment charlatan Suze Orman endorsed Al Gore and promoted him continually on her show in 2000.
If I’m not mistaken Citadel got some $200 million taxpayer dollars from AIG. The story is old but I’m sure its out thee somewhere.
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