Hedge funders draw 2 Republican stars to Vegas

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Associated Press

Posted on May 16, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Updated Saturday, May 17 at 4:05 AM

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two high-profile Republicans are calling on hedge fund executives Friday to play a more active role in the nation's policy and political debates.

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan and former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown appeared at a hedge fund conference. They were the only elected officials featured at the three-day gathering, which brings some of the financial industry's wealthiest men and women to Las Vegas every year.

Ryan said the executives could play a more active role in helping to alleviate poverty. Brown's remarks were more political. He urged the hedge fund executives to visit his campaign website and support candidates who support their agenda.

Democrats seized on Brown's appearance in particular. His Democratic opponent, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, questioned his ties to Wall Street.

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