The Single Largest Benefactor of Occupy Wall Street?: A Mitt Romney Donor.
Posted on December 16, 2011 at 3:04 PM EST
Meet Robert Halper, a retired trader and former vice chairman of the New York Mercantile Exchange. Like a lot of wealthy Wall Street-connected 52-year-olds, Halper gave the maximum contribution of $2,500 to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. But this guy also wrote a $20,000 check to help launch Occupy Wall Street.
Halper, a one-percenter who made his fortune as a Wall Street trader, happens to be one of the largest donors to the anti-corporate magazine Adbusters. (The Times writes that the Brooklyn-born Halper “was first attracted by the magazine’s spoofs on corporate logos and advertisements.”) He’s donated somewhere between $50,000 and $75,000 to the magazine over the last two decades, enough to earn him friendly dinners with founder Kalle Lasnâ€”like this one a few months ago, the New York Times writes:
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