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High-Rolling Young RNC Donor Touts 'Philanthropic Discipline'

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Ryan Morfin, a Young Eagles co-chair, doesn't have Penn's blue-blood cred (or pretensions, perhaps). But he seems to be something of a high-roller himself.

A 29-year-old University of Chicago graduate, Morfin is the founder of New York-based Morfin Capital Group, a private equity firm that, according to its website "focuses on targeted middle-market investments across various focus industries." He previously had done stints at Morgan Stanley and Countrywide Financial, the mortgage lender whose sub-prime loans helped trigger the financial crisis.

In 2008, Morfin -- who did not immediately respond to a request for comment about his work with the Young Eagles -- served on the host committee for a John McCain fundraiser at New York's trendy Tenjune, chaired by Meghan McCain.

Like Penn, Morfin seems to have a taste for the finer things in life. In 2009, he appears to have taken his fiancée on a "Tuscan Engagement Trip." The couple's wedding registry includes, among other items, a $250 Vera Wang "Blanc sur Blanc" coffee pot.

Morfin also has given generously to his alma mater. "It's good for your philanthropic discipline to start giving back early, even if it's at a small level," he told a University of Chicago magazine.

No word on whether that still includes giving to the RNC.