Democrats and Republicans alike head to the gorgeous Hamptons, New York’s summer playground. To replenish campaign funds and possibly test 2024 presidential ambitions in the final months of the 2022 midterm elections.
With less than 100 days to go before the November elections, more than a dozen members of Congress and state representatives will head to the Hamptons for fundraising in August alone. Interviews with Republican and Democratic fundraisers, donors, and political consultants show that Wall Street executives, media giants, top-tier lawyers, and other corporate leaders have spent a lot of money in their seaside town mansions. Host a fundraising dinner.. Many of the people featured in this article have refused to be named to discuss private gatherings attended by candidates and other investors.
“They’re all here,” said the Democratic fundraiser, who will host multiple upcoming events in the Hamptons.
Donors from Suffolk County, Long Island, where the Hamptons are located, contributed more than $17 million to candidates during the 2022 election cycle. donated over $10,000.
Democrats scheduled to raise money in the Hamptons include author and Democratic gubernatorial candidate for Maryland Wes Moore, New York governor Kathy Hochul, and Georgia gubernatorial candidate, according to the invitations confirmed by CNBC. and California Representative Karen Bass. matter. Hochul is running for re-election with his Rep. Lee Zeldin of RN.Y., and Bass is campaigning to become the next mayor of Los Angeles.
A spokeswoman for Ho Chul’s campaign declined to comment. Representatives for Moore, Abrams and Bass did not respond to requests for comment.
Republicans who have recently scheduled or are planning to hold meetings with top donors in the Hamptons include Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, California House of Representatives Minority leader Kevin McCarthy, former Vice President Mike Pence, and New York county official Mark Molinaro, according to the invitation and people familiar with the matter.
Representatives for Sasse, DeSantis, Cotton, McCarthy and Molinaro did not respond to requests for comment.
Sasse won’t be re-elected until 2026, so his fundraiser could fuel speculation that he’s considering running for president in 2024.. Mark Garson and rabbi Erica Garson are hosting a fundraiser for Sasse at his home in Sag Harbor, N.Y. on Friday, according to the invitation. Seats range from $1,000 to $10,800 per person., This will be forwarded to the Sasse leadership committee. Financial Gerson, co-founder of his advisory firm Gerson Lehrman Group, did not respond to a request for comment.
Molinaro is running for a seat in the New York House of Representatives in November, and McCarthy is seeking re-election this year. Republican Kingmaker and Metal Mogul Andy Sabin is co-hosting a fundraiser for Molinaro on Thursday at his seven-acre property in Amagansett, near East Hampton, with McCarthy as the main guest, according to the businessman.
Tickets for this event range from $1,000 to $5,000 to support Marinaro’s campaign. He said Zeldin and Congressman Andrew Galbarino, RN.Y., also attended the event, said Stephen Louro, CEO of employee benefits and insurance company Professional Group Plans, Aug. 24. In he hosts a fundraiser at his Nissequogue mansion in Zeldin. jet suit Flight demonstrations, performances by vocalist Christopher Macchio and fireworks shows upon invitation. According to Virtual Globetrotting, a website that tracks the homes of the rich and famous, Louro’s huge waterfront home has a pool and direct access to the beach.
Louro did not respond to a request for comment.
Sabin said he was invited to a Hamptons fundraiser at the end of July for DeSantis’ gubernatorial campaign, which was organized by an investor named Doug Douglas. He is expected to be back in the Hamptons by the end of the month.
Sabin donated just over $220,000 to Trump Victory, former President Donald’s Community Fundraising Committee trump campaign and the Republican National Committee said they would not endorse Trump in the 2024 Republican presidential primary, but said they would endorse him in the general election if he is nominated for president in 2024. Multiple potential 2024 contenders, he did not say who he had met, but said he had not spoken to Trump since his loss in 2020. Sabin said he helped DeSantis raise more than $1 million at a Reef Club fundraiser.
Sabin said one of the reasons he was frustrated with Trump was the former president’s reluctance to move on from the 2020 presidential election. “I think a lot of people like me wanted him to get through 2020,” Sabin explained. “If he can get over the fact that he lost, he will be a tremendous help to the party,” he added.
trump said new york magazine In a recent interview, he said he had already decided to run for president again and would only need to decide whether to start his campaign before or after the 2022 midterm elections.
DeSantis is fighting for re-election in Florida, but he’s also meeting strong people. out-of-state donors He has not publicly denied running for president. Cotton also, and he hasn’t been asked for re-election for four years, reportedly We met with donors to discuss running for president in 2024.Pence, who was Trump’s vice president, has also been close to him personally. donor We haven’t ruled out a 2024 White House run.
As for other organizers of these events in August, it’s wealthy business leaders and celebrities who help raise millions of dollars for their candidates. According to the invitation, Moore will be held at the Watermill, N.Y. home of Brian Eisenstat, managing partner of hedge fund Duration Capital. The event he is scheduled to take place on August 21st, with tickets ranging from $500 to $6,000. Other co-organizers listed include Jon Henes, CEO of corporate advisory firm C-Street Advisory Group.
Eizenstat did not return requests for comment.
Wall Street veteran Richard Perry and his wife Lisa are hosting a fundraiser for Abrams at his home in the Hamptons on Thursday, according to an email to donors. Invitations not specified $1,000 to $10,000 per ticket. According to the invitation, the rally supports Abrams’ leadership board, One Georgia.
Perry’s Hamptons Beachfront Estate in Sag Harbor has a pool and tennis courts, according to Virtual Globetrotting. Perry used to run the now-closed Perry He runs Capital and Bear He is the nephew of the late Jimmy Kane, former CEO of Stearns.
Abrams will also be at the Hamptons home of Emily Guisk, a senior partner at lobbying giant Bolton St. John’s, this week, according to a political consultant. Gisk did not respond to a request for comment. Perry and his wife did not respond to repeated requests for comment.
According to the invitation, businessman Dennis Mehier will co-host Hochul’s evening reception at the mill house on August 13. Tickets for that rally go up to $25,000, and other co-hosts include public relations officer Mike Kempner and Bruce Mosler, the leader of law firm Cushman & Wakefield.
Charles Philips, former CEO of software company Infor, and veteran attorney Melissa Prober are conducting a $1,500-a-dish fundraiser at Bass’ East Hampton home. Phillips said he will also host a fundraiser for New York City Mayor Eric Adams at the end of August.
“For Democrats with a reasonable amount of common sense, donors seem supportive and interested,” he added when asked what kind of reception he receives at Bus events.