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Of roofies, wild yacht parties, and Romney's Palm Beach fundraiser



Gossip Extra: If presidential wannabe Mitt Romney‘s controversial fundraiser at hedge fund boss Marc Leder‘s Boca house had potential for a backlash, wait until you hear about what Romney will find tonight in north Palm Beach County.

The Republican candidate is scheduled to raise beaucoup bucks in two events at the Seminole Landing beachside neighborhood of North Palm Beach.

And organizers include a party-loving West Virginia coalman, and a former nursing home mogul whose spotty financial history cause her to quit several high-profile political positions!....Tonight’s fundraisers start at the $10.5 million-home of Elin Nordegren‘s neighbor to the north, Forbes 400 dweller Chris Cline.

And it ends at the $10.5 million home of Nordegren’s neighbor to the south, former WCI developer Al Hoffman.

According to the invitations, billionaire Cline’s fiesta starts at 5:30 p.m. and includes a photo with Romney to whoever is willing to pay $10,000, or raise $25,000. The party’s supposed to move to Hoffman’s for the $50,000 per couple dinner.

Like Boca’s Leder, meanwhile, Cline has a colorful history.

The media-shy Cline first got on Gossip Extra‘s radar four years ago when he blew into town from God knows where on a 164-foot yacht named Mine Games. The boat’s booze-fueled parties quickly became a preferred hangout for young Palm Beach society.

In 2009, however, a woman claimed someone dropped a roofie in her drink during one of those wingdings, and she was raped later by a man she met on the ship. The suspect turned out to be a California man on a business trip who, somehow, got into Cline’s party.

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 20, 2012 3:32pm]


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