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Polo and the POTUS: Obama invades McMahon's neighborhood for Democratic fundraiser

By Neil Vigdor, CTPost.com

GREENWICH — A real estate prospector who once threw a major fundraiser for Joe Lieberman when he was the vice presidential nominee and who lives in the same gated enclave as GOP Senate contender Linda McMahon is hosting President Barack Obama.

The top-secret location of next Thursday’s Democratic National Committee dinner with the president is the sprawling Conyers farm estate of Richard and Ellen Schapps Richman, Greenwich Time has learned from multiple sources.

Dinner with the president never comes cheap, but the price per plate is said by multiple sources to be in the neighborhood of $30,000.

State Democratic Chairwoman Nancy DiNardo said she was not in the least bit concerned about the message the setting of the fundraiser, which she is not planning to attend, might send during the current economic recession.

“Both parties have often come to Greenwich to fundraise,” DiNardo said, noting that state GOP Chairman Christopher Healy “once dubbed Fairfield County as the ATM of political parties.”

Obama is scheduled to headline a $1,000-per-person fundraiser for Democratic Senate frontrunner and longtime Attorney General Richard Blumenthal at theStamford Marriott Hotel earlier in the day. Attendees can get their picture taken with the president for $12,400, with $10,000 of their contribution going to Connecticut Democrats.

Richard Richman runs The Richman Group of Companies, a Greenwich-based real estate, investment banking, construction, mortgage banking and asset and property management conglomerate that touts itself on its website as one of the nation’s 10 largest residential property owners.

Ellen Schapps Richman is an active philanthropist and adjunct professor of marketing at Pace University’sLubin School of Business, according to her bio on theUnited Way of Greenwich website.

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