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I think you file this under “Delicious Irony.”
It would seem that an über-wealthy hedge fund investor and Republican donor, who has publicly made fun of Hillary Clinton staying in her marriage to “a liar and a cheat,” had an account on the cheaters networking website Ashley Madison.
The account was recently uncovered in the data dump when hackers released the website’s info for the public to see.
The name and email address of Dan Loeb, founder of hedge fund Third Point LLC and prominent contributor to the Romney campaign, appear in the company’s database of users, and Loeb confirmed in a statement to Gawker that the account is authentic.
Once an Obama supporter, Loeb has since turned into a very generous supporter of Republican candidates and conservative Super PACs—he gifted $1,000,000 to the right-wing American Unity PAC and a quarter million to the Ending Spending Action Fund just last fall, along with tens of thousands of dollars straight to the Republican Party.
More recently he’s become a vocal detractor of presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. In June, he posted a joke to his Facebook page that described Clinton as a put-upon spouse trapped in a loveless marriage with a cheating husband who thinks she’s a lesbian.
I asked Loeb about this account, and received this statement via public relations rep Steven Rubenstein:
“As my family, friends and business colleagues know, I am a prolific web surfer. Did I visit this site to see what it was all about? Absolutely – years ago, at the time I was invested in Yahoo and IAC and was endlessly curious about apps and websites. Did I ever engage or meet with anyone through this site? Never. That was never my intention — as evidenced by the fact that I never provided a credit card to set up an account.”
Interestingly, Loeb’s profile data shows that the last time he checked “private message” on the site was on December 9, 2013 — eight months after he joined Ashley Madison.
Now, why would he be checking private messages if he had no intention of hooking up?
Things that make you go “hmm…”