Democratic U.S. vice presidential nominee and Senator Kamala Harris speaks at a drive-in marketing campaign occasion in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., October 2, 2020.
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Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris took half in a big-money fundraiser Friday that was hosted by actual property funding large Associated Firms and the chief chairman of health firm Equinox.
The occasion that includes Harris, a California senator, comes on the heels of the Joe Biden marketing campaign’s large third-quarter fundraising haul.
The hosts included Harvey Spevak, the chief chairman of Equinox, and Associated Firms CEO Jeff Blau and his spouse, Lisa, in keeping with an individual with direct information of the matter. Some executives at Associated Firms are traders in Equinox.
The Blaus hosted Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton at their dwelling within the Hamptons in 2016. It was a part of a three-day fundraising blitz within the rich area of New York, which ended up elevating an estimated $20 million.
The opposite hosts at Friday’s occasion had been Ken Wong, the Associated Firms’ chief working officer and the agency’s director of worldwide improvement, and Bruce Beal Sr., the chairman of Associated Beal, the actual property enterprise’ Boston-based workplace, this particular person mentioned. Bruce Beal Jr., Associated Firms’ president, had additionally deliberate to attend the digital occasion, this particular person famous.
The occasion required a minimal $50,000 donation, and all funds can be going to the Biden Motion Fund, a joint fundraising committee between the Biden marketing campaign, the Democratic Nationwide Committee and state events. The Harris occasion was anticipated to lift over $750,000.
In 2018, The Actual Deal listed the Associated Firms as one of many largest property house owners in New York Metropolis.
Biden introduced his marketing campaign raised $383 million in September, and his marketing campaign went into October with over $400 million available. The Biden Motion Fund noticed a wave of assist final quarter from Wall Avenue executives.
Notably absent from the checklist of hosts was Stephen Ross, a billionaire and founding father of Associated Firms. He hosted an occasion for President Donald Trump final 12 months at his dwelling within the Hamptons, sparking boycotts from Equinox and SoulCycle clients. SoulCycle is owned by Equinox. Spevak later wrote a letter to his clients after the occasion.
“The final week has been tough for all. I’m sorry for the impression it has had on our group — and I am sorry we have not mentioned extra,” Spevak mentioned on the time.