Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney stopped in Newport Beach on Friday as part of a fundraising tour throughout California.
The private event at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort, with an entrance fee starting at $1,000, was met outside the club's West Coast Highway confines by both supporters and dissenters of the former Massachusetts governor's candidacy.
In spite of Newport's status as a conservative stronghold in the county, the five or so Romney supporters were the minority of the demonstrators present Friday.
More than 40 others, including a group of faux billionaires — women dressed in evening attire and men in suits, who have satirically dubbed themselves the "Billionaires for Romney" — poked fun at the Republican's wealth and those attending his fundraiser.
"Tax our poor," chanted the group.
One of Romney's supporters, Bill Edwards, who said he's a family friend of the Romneys, stood alongside his 12-year-old daughter Lauren with a sign that read "2012 Romney respects the Constitution."