Friday night was the night for an interesting gathering of the political power set in Connecticut, as A-listers came out to the $10 million Greenwich mansion of financier Leonard Tannenbaum. They arrived for his inaugural fundraiser for his bipartisan PAC called. It was quite obvious, however, that the bi-partisan efforts were left at the door for this particular fundraiser, with only Republicans represented for the fancy evening.
The $1000 per person fundraiser was co-hosted by David Einhorn, the hedge fund manager who was recently in the papers for trying to buy a minority stake in the Mets. The evening drew about 100 people to Tannenbaum’s gated home where he expected to raise $100,000 for his PAC. Founder of Fifth Street Finance Corp, a Nasdaq-traded firm, Tannenbaum said, “I’m very anti lots of red tape.”
Those in attendance included Senate hopeful Linda McMahon, House in the 4th District hopefuls Steve Obsitnik and Chris Meek, and sitting congressman Adrian Smith of Nebraska and Charlie Bass of New Hampshire.
Duke University Phoenix Suns player Grant Hill was there as well. When asked if he’s ever be interested in politics, Hill said,
“I guess (you) never close the door. Who knows, maybe someday. Maybe, I’m not answering your question.”
Tennenbaum only recently formed the PAC group to try to reshape the regulatory landscape. He said that the regulatory situation in Washington is stunting the growth of both small and mid-sized businesses. He also wants to push for education reform in his home state in Connecticut.