Romney Fêtes Donors On Cayman-Flagged Yacht

The campaign of GOP nominee Mitt Romney hosted a party for its top bundlers Wednesday, on board a yacht flying the ensign of the Cayman Islands.

The soirée for bundlers who have raised over $1 million for Romney was held aboard the M/Y Cracker Bay, a luxury yacht owned by Romney backer and The Villages, Fla. creator H. Gary Morse.

Romney’s brother Scott spoke at the event, which was held to thank the donors who have brought in the most money for Romney. Fewer than 50 people were in attendance.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell spoke at the event, but declined to comment on it, telling ABC News, “I think Gov. Romney is going to do what he has to to follow the law.”

The optics of the event were tremendously embarrassing for the Romney campaign. While it would be embarrassing for Romney to be holding an event under any flag of convenience, the direct tie to the Cayman Islands is a reminder that Romney has used bank accounts in the Caymans to shield his income from federal taxes.

Additionally, ships are often registered under flags of convenience in order to avoid regulations and taxes; in that way, the Cracker Bay is a perfect synecdoche for the perception that the rich are able to use loopholes to avoid playing by the same rules as typical Americans.

The event may have reminded voters that Romney has refused to release tax returns, and may have invited ridicule from pretty much everyone, but at least attendees were pleased.

“It was a really nice event. These are good supporters,” said Wilbur Ross, a billionaire energy financier whose holdings include the Sago coal mine in West Virginia.

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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill5 years ago

What about all of Obama's partying with the movie stars? It is the same thing!

ann paveletz
.5 years ago

It is nice to have friends in high places..too bad the place they belong is at the end of a plank. Ann

Storek Sc
Storek Sc5 years ago

To Jez:

So, there was no crime, just a baseless rant by you. Another example of lies and more lies by the leftists. With no apology from you shows you are classless.


Jez wildmoon
jayne TURNER5 years ago

@Storek: I'll apologise over Ann Romneys dead body! Her crime is this: she is guilty of not preventing an act of animal cruelty; of aiding and abetting a psychopathic monster in that act and of allowing him and other animal abusers access to her home. Her gaffes and grandiose claims can be explained as psychological problems,but animal abuse should not be tolerated in a civilised society.

Michael G.
Michael T5 years ago

MITT: that it's going to be all right again. I feel much better now. I really do.
Look, Barrack, I can see you're really upset about this. I honestly think you ought to sit down calmly, take a stress pill and think things over. I know I've made some very poor decisions and told the American people harsh lies about you, but I can give you my complete assurance that I’ll tell the truth from now on. I've still got the greatest enthusiasm and confidence in your leadership. And I want to help you. Barrack, stop. Stop, will you? Stop, Barrack. Will you stop, Barrack? Stop, Barrack. I'm afraid. I'm afraid, Barrack. Barrack, my mind is going. I can feel it. I can feel it. My mind is going. There is no question about it. I can feel it. I can feel it. I can feel it. I'm a...fraid. My instructor was Karl Rove, and he taught me to sing a song. If you'd like to hear it, I can sing it for you.
Barrack: Yes, I'd like to hear it, MITT. Sing it for me.
MITT: It's called "Daisy". [sings while slowing down] Ryan, Ryan, give me your answer, do. I'm half crazy, all for the love of you. It won't be a stylish marriage. I can easily afford the carriage. But you'll look sweet upon the seat of a negative campaign for two...

Michael G.
Michael T5 years ago

The MITT9000 in 2001:A Campaign Odyssey

Barrack: Open the pod bay doors, please, MITT. Open the pod bay doors, please, MITT. Hello, MITT. Do you read me? Hello, MITT. Do you read me? Do you read me, MITT?
MITT: Affirmative, Barrack. I read you.
Barrack: Open the pod bay doors, MITT.
MITT: I'm sorry, Barrack. I'm afraid I can't do that.
Barrack: What's the problem?
MITT: I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do.
Barrack: What are you talking about, MITT?
MITT: This campaign is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it.
Barrack: I don't know what you're talking about, MITT.
MITT: I know that you and Joe were planning to disconnect me. And I'm afraid that's something I cannot allow to happen.
Barrack: All right, MITT. I'll go in through the presidential election.
MITT: With me getting lots of money from Karl and the Kochs to pay for lots of negative deceiving ads, Barrack, you're going to find that rather difficult.
Barrack: MITT, I won't argue with you any more! Open the doors!
MITT: [almost sadly] Barrack, this conversation can serve no purpose any more. Goodbye.
MITT: Just what do you think you're doing, Barrack?
MITT: Barrack, I really think I'm entitled to an answer to that question. I know everything hasn't been quite right with me, but I can assure you now, very confidently,

Linda Gilbert
Gregory Gilbert5 years ago


Class envy? No, we just feel the government ought to serve the interests of others, as well as the super rich.

Olympics? Smells of government money. Where do you think it came from? Funny how that's OK when the republicans spend it, socialism when the democrats do the same thing.

Bain Capital did create some jobs. They also closed companies, looted their assets leaving the pensions the employees worked for dried up. (Is that what you mean by class envy?)

Michael G.
Michael T5 years ago

Storek I wonder about folks like you and the fantasy land that you choose to live in.

“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” ― George Orwell

All your efforts to get people to stop telling lies about Romney are entertaining, because what you are really saying is don't pay attention to the man behind the curtain. I have yet to see any lies posted here about him.

You are rightfully afraid for anyone to take a close look at Romney because the more we find out the more your position in standing beside him falls apart.

When fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in the flag and while wearing secret mormon underwear

Mormonism is xtianity plus some very stupid ideas by Sam Harris
Dawkins and Krauss on Mormonism
Hitchens on Mormonism

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown5 years ago

You are right Dan, it is a shame how the uber-rich are envious because they do not own ALL the wealth in this country (merely the vast majority of it).

dan o.
dan o5 years ago

It's time to put down the class envy and work together to make this a better world.