Hillary Clinton Makes End-of-Quarter Cash Dash
Hillary Clinton is sprinting to the end of the first fundraising quarter of her presidential campaign and into the next one, with more than two dozen finance events on her schedule for the next two weeks.
Clinton is set to attend 26 fundraisers between Monday and July 3, including 11 in New York City, according to a review of her public schedule and newly obtained invitations. Many events come with a recommended contribution of the $2,700 legal maximum for her primary campaign or require attendees to raise at least $27,000.
After the quarter ends, the Clinton campaign is required to file disclosures with the Federal Elections Commission. Allies have tried to downplay expectations, stressing that because Clinton is only accepting primary cash, the total may not be as impressive as the first quarter of President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign.
Some of Clinton's Democratic and Republican opponents have boasted about raising large amounts of money in little time, and several GOP hopefuls are expected to take in tens of millions of dollars through their closely aligned super-PACs. The Democratic front-runner's team has stayed relatively quiet, and the Clinton-endorsed Priorities USA Action has been off to a slower start. Campaign spokesman Josh Schwerin declined to comment on the number of fundraisers Clinton has scheduled in the next two weeks.
Clinton is drawing on a range of sectors as she collects New York dollars before the end of the quarter at nearly a dozen events, including technology, entertainment, and big law.
She is slated to attend a Wednesday afternoon fundraiser hosted by Sullivan & Cromwell and another on June 30 hosted by Julissa Reynoso, a former U.S. ambassador to Uruguay and partner at Chadborne & Parke, according to invitations obtained by Bloomberg.
Some of the events on Clinton's schedule for are glitzy, like Wednesday night’s Plaza Hotel event, which will feature a performance by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, while others are likely to be less so, like a June 30 event at Terminal 5, a concert venue on New York’s far west side, where tickets start at $45.
Among those hosting Clinton in the coming weeks: Jon Bon Jovi and his wife Dorothea in New Jersey on June 29; Facebook co-founder and New Republic owner Chris Hughes and his husband, Sean Eldridge, on June 30; PR executive Ken Sunshine on June 29; and brewing heiress Trudy Busch Valentine in St. Louis on Tuesday.
Clinton will spend the first half of the coming week crisscrossing the midwest to fundraise in Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Chicago, and St. Louis. She was in California and Washington state over the weekend.
The Clinton campaign has also sent out invitations for some early July fundraisers, including one obtained by Bloomberg for a July 1 gathering at the Purchase, New York, home of Maria Cuomo Cole, the daughter of the late New York Governor Mario Cuomo and sister of current Governor Andrew Cuomo, and shoe designer Kenneth Cole.
Though there was once chatter that Andrew Cuomo might run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, that speculation has largely faded, as underscored by his sister’s decision to host Clinton. Donors must give the primary maximum $2,700 to attend.
Clinton is scheduled to attend three fundraisers in Massachusetts the next day and one on July 3 at the Holderness, New Hampshire, home of Meg and Gary Hirshberg, the chairman and founder of Stonyfield Farm.
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