Top Rubio, Bush Backers Among Co-Hosts for Trump Hamptons Fundraiser
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is looking to project party unity in the Hamptons next week, when he'll huddle with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus at a fundraiser featuring top donors to some of his former rivals.
Pepe Fanjul, a Florida sugar baron and longtime patron of Senator Marco Rubio, is part of a host committee for the Trump and RNC fundraiser at billionaire investor Wilbur Ross’ home in Southampton on July 9, according to a copy of the invitation obtained by Bloomberg Politics.
Jeb Bush backers Duke Buchan III, founder of the hedge fund Hunter Global Investors, and his wife, Hannah, are also among the co-hosts. The Buchans were on Bush’s national finance committee for his 2016 presidential bid.
Lunch with Trump and Priebus will cost $25,000 per person, or $100,000 per couple (which will also earn a spot on the host committee).
Ross is hosting the private lunch. Other host committee members include Richard LeFrak, a billionaire New York real estate developer and longtime friend of Trump, as is New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, the former Jeb Bush backer who recently endorsed Trump; and Anthony Scaramucci, a co-managing partner of investment firm SkyBridge Capital.
Trump self-funded a significant portion of his primary campaign. Since becoming the party's nominee, he has started fundraising, including setting up a joint fundraising committee with the RNC.
Lewis Eisenberg, chairman of Trump Victory, and Steven Mnuchin, the Trump campaign’s finance chairman, are also co-hosts. Both attended Trump's recent trip to Scotland.
The Trump campaign has insisted that they are not behind on fundraising, despite posting a lackluster first quarter round-up. Trump's first filings with the Federal Election Commission since becoming the nominee showed that Trump's $1.3 million cash on hand significantly trailed presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's $42 million.
Since that filing, Trump has looked to transform his fundraising machine, including sending out almost daily fundraising e-mails to his supporters. On Thursday night, the campaign blasted out a fundraising text message: "ALERT: Today is the June fundraising deadline. I want you to be part of this as we smash our goal," Trump said in a text messaged campaign statement, followed by a link to a donation page.
—With assistance from Zachary Mider.