Hedge fund manager to host Hamptons fundraiser for Franken
June 21, 2010 — 9:17pm
First there was Aykroyd. Then there was Conan. The latest name on the Al Franken fundraising tour? Rosenstein.
Not exactly a Hollywood legend, Barry Rosenstein is nonetheless a billionaire hedge fund manager who is slated to host a fundraiser for Franken at his home in the Hamptons on July 30.
Rosenstein manages JANA Partners LLC, a fund based in San Fransisco and New York. He and his wife Lizanne (co-host of the fundraiser) have given generously to Democrats over the years, including about $2,600 to Franken's Senate bid.
Like several similar fundraisers in recent months, the Rosenstein event will benefit "Franken MVPs," a joint fundraising political action committee that splits funds between Franken's campaign and leadership PACs.
The minimum donation to attend is $500, though giving $5,000 nets guests the title of "co-chair."
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