This morning, Jim Cook reported on a series of campaign efforts by Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild. Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild is a member of the Board of Advisors for Americans Elect. As such, she is forbidden by Americans Elect bylaws from engaging in any act to promote any presidential candidate.
Jim listed a number of campaign activities Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild has undertaken to assist the Jon Huntsman presidential effort, which Huntsman is quitting today. However, there is one additional pro-Huntsman effort: Four days ago, Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild organized a fundraiser for the Jon Huntsman presidential campaign.
The fundraiser, held at one of the Ladyship’s homes, at 435 East 52nd Street in New York City, was a “cocktail reception” where attendees were required to contribute at least $1,000 in exchange for having drinks and hors d’ouevres with Jon Huntsman, who attended the Lady’s fundraiser himself. The money gathered at Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild’s cocktail party went directly to the Jon Huntsman for President campaign. The fundraising event was even given its own code by the Jon Huntsman campaign: EVNY010. Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild’s invitation suggested that political action committees could send someone to her party and give Jon Huntsman $5,000 a piece.
The Sunlight Foundation uncovered evidence of the event, posting a copy of the invitation to the fundraiser online. Did you not receive an invitation? Perhaps you’re not the sort that a Lady would deign to associate with.
Section 4.12 of the Americans Elect bylaws requires that the Board of Directors now punish Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild for her violation of the neutrality of Americans Elect. Her Ladyship doesn’t seem concerned, however, given that she has special elite status within Americans Elect. Besides, Lady de Rothschild appears to believe that a title of European aristocracy gives her permission to violate whatever rules she likes.
Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild’s high society campaign fundraiser for Jon Huntsman shows that Americans Elect is no grassroots organization. The only grassroots that would have been seen at Her Ladyship’s Jon Huntsman fundraiser would have been dangling from the turf brought in by her servants to create a simulation of a pastoral scene on the balcony, so guests could see how we simple folk live.