Election 2020 Open Thread: Fundraising in the Hamptons

And more power to her. Harris gets the headline in Bloomberg, but she’s not the only one soliciting money from the prominently well-to-do. A dispatch from the world of ‘normal’ politics:

Teslas and Maseratis lined the street as Kamala Harris greeted guests sipping drinks from plastic cups with her name on them and eating cinnamon sugar donuts from Dreesen’s at a fund-raiser hosted by movie executive Jamie Patricof and his wife Kelly as the summer of Democratic fund-raisers rolled on in East Hampton.

The senator and former California prosecutor assured donors “I believe in capitalism” during a jam-packed weekend of pitching her plan to save the middle class. Harris is looking to raise enough money to keep her campaign fueled through the next debates in September and beyond.

She also had events on Martha’s Vineyard, the Massachusetts island that is a playground for celebrities, including the Obamas, Bill Clinton and David Letterman, on Friday and Saturday. Tickets ranged from $100 to $2,800…

Harris’s event on Sunday night went head to head with one at musician Jon Bon Jovi’s house for Cory Booker. Pete Buttigieg will be in the Hamptons over Labor Day weekend. Joe Biden, who’ll be in the Hamptons next weekend, has already hit up Cape Cod, Aspen and Sun Valley, Idaho…

“I believe in capitalism, but capitalism is not working for most people,” Harris said on the patio steps of the Patricof house, looking out at a peach orchard among flower and herb beds. She said she recognized people who’ve become successful by working hard and following rules, but that the middle class needs help…

Some of the donors Harris was courting have supported her rivals. Goodman has contributed to both Biden and Buttigieg, and Effron, who gave Harris $2,800 in May, donated to six other campaigns as well.

The Monogram shop keeps track of the number of cups sold that bear each candidate’s name, an unofficial gauge of candidate favorability among Hamptonites. So far, they indicate a preference for Buttigieg, the moderate, openly-gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana.

Front-runner Biden raised money at the waterfront residence of Sherry and Alan Leventhal, the chairman of Beacon Capital Partners, in Cape Cod this weekend. In Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, on Friday, he mingled in the backyard of Peter Shields, the managing partner of D.C. law firm Wiley Rein LLP, while nibbling on miniature crab cakes and pigs in a blanket.

Even though she isn’t raising money in this milieu, Warren’s name still resonates. At last visit, all Warren cups at the Monogram shop were sold out.

87 replies
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    debbie says:

    Was Dershowitz invited to any of these events? //

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    JPL says:

    This is my purity self, oh no!!!! This is my realistic self, take the money and run. That’s the rules we have, not the ones we wish we had.

    except for Dersh

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    JPL says:

    @debbie: hahaha Then I would change my comment.

    changed it

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    Duane says:

    The fact Harris has to assure people she “believes in capitalism” is ridiculous. What’s she going to do seize control of all the resources and give them to the workers?

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    @debbie: IIRC, he’s been complaining about being shunned, good.

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    frosty says:

    Oh, puke. Fuck the Hamptons and everyone in them. Throw in the Vineyard. Fuck this kind of fundraising.

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    Miss Bianca says:


    What’s she going to do seize control of all the resources and give them to the workers?

    SHHHHH!!! You’re not supposed to say the quiet parts OUT LOUD, for Heaven’s sake!

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    JPL says:

    Once again the 1619 project is available at the NYTimes store. Earlier today I was in a meeting and missed my chance to purchase it, but it just popped up again.
    It’s doubtful that it mentions the Hamptons.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @JPL: @frosty: You fight to win on the battlefield that is. Part of securing the peace after successful battlefield termination is remaking the system so it is closer to the one you want. The battlefields right now are winning the Electoral College and retaking the majority in the Senate, holding the majority in the House, holding all the state houses and legislatures, and flipping as many as possible before the next round of redistricting. Anything and everything else is a waste of resources as nothing anyone wants done, from the most moderate to the most progressive, occurs if these battles aren’t won.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Duane: Her Capitol Police secure code name is Proletarian.//

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    JPL says:

    @Adam L Silverman: But I agree with Debbie not Dersh. He’s on Martha Vineyards so that is probably a mute point

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    @Adam L Silverman: Sen. Sanders’ is “Wilmer”. //

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    Gin & Tonic says:


    Fuck this kind of fundraising.

    Willie Sutton on line 1 for you.

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    satby says:

    @Adam L Silverman: This, this THIS! This kind of fundraising is legal and our opponents will leverage all the possible resources to outraise and outspend us. When we win we can work on reforming elections so that money isn’t such a huge factor.

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    JPL says:

    @Gin & Tonic: lol Next thing we might find out is Harris had emails.

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    satby says:


    probably a mute moot point


    Fixed that for you. Pet peeve of mine.

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    our opponents will leverage all the possible resources(legal and illegal) to outraise and outspend us.

    Fixed it for ya.

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    Spanky says:

    @Gin & Tonic: Betcha the KidzTheseDays have no idea what you’re referring to.

    Luckily, no one here fits that description.

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    satby says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: ok, will concede your edit is more accurate.

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    JPL says:

    @satby: thank you.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Spanky: “Elderly white shut-ins.”

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    satby says:

    Gives me a sad to see how many cups have gone out for the racist in chief.

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    Baud says:

    I don’t care about fundraising, but some people do. That’s fine for the primary, as long as it doesn’t become a purity test for the general.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Right! Yeah, it may be distasteful to a lot of us that our candidate *have* to solicit so much money from places like the Hamptons. But we have to do it to gain control of the system and change it. You know, kind of like how Republicans use the systems of democracy to subvert democracy. But in reverse.

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    Yarrow says:

    From tweet above:

    Greetings from the Hamptons, where @PeteButtigieg is winning the Monogram Shop’s cup count race, the results of which have proven right in every election except 2016, owner Valerie Smith tells me

    Interesting. I feel like this cup count race is probably like the corn kernel count at the Iowa state fair and the straw poll there and various early polls, but Mayor Pete is definitely winning by a lot. Trump is next in the cup count race photo.

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    I was listening to a Pod Save America episode in the gym and the Obama bros said it’s to Biden’s disadvantage that he has to leave places like Iowa to fly to the coasts and raise money because he doesn’t have the online, small dollar donor network that the other candidates have.

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    Baud says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor:

    Makes sense. Any time spent away from campaigning doesn’t help. On the other hand, he doesn’t have a day job like many of the other candidates.

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    Gvg says:

    It will also be a lot easier to implement and keep reforms if we convince a significant portion of the rich not to fight against our reforms. Buy in is good. That’s a better reason to court these people. I guess it should be obvious that Trump is actually bad for capitalism but maybe not as obvious before his stupid trade wars actually started.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor: I know I dropped my violin somewhere, but I can’t seem to find it.

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    Brachiator says:

    Teslas and Maseratis lined the street as Kamala Harris greeted guests sipping drinks from plastic cups with her name on them at a fund-raiser in Hamptons.

    The BernieBros are going nuts over this.

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    satby says:

    @Yarrow: and the Twitter replies to this tweet show how enraged the Wilmerites are about it. With laughable shit about how Wilmer “doesn’t bow down” to rich people.
    Those mooks still haven’t figured out Wilmer has been leveraging their little donations to become a rich person.

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    TenguPhule says:

    At least eight jail officials knew Jeffrey Epstein was not to be left alone in cell

    That order was apparently ignored in the 24 hours leading up to the multimillionaire sex offender’s death on Aug. 10, according to people familiar with the matter.

    Worst case of suicide I’ve ever seen.

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    Baud says:


    That Kamala pisses them off and she doesn’t care is a point in her favor with me.

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    Baud says:


    Link so we can assess credibility?

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    waratah says:

    There was talk on twitter weeks ago that Pete had been taking big donations even charging for photos.

    I guess that leaves Beto still running a grass roots small donor campaign.
    I won’t hold it against him if he decides to do the same as the others but I don’t think he will.
    Will the press report the large amounts they have raised now and post the donors?

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    Yarrow says:

    @satby: I don’t think half those accounts are real. I mean, 11K tweets and 129 followers? Okay… All the hashtags in the bios. Nothing but tweets about politics. Sure, Vlad.

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    JPL says:

    @Baud: The Washington Post.

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    satby says:

    @Yarrow: the bro-ish tweets are often bots. Just goes to show Wilmer is still Vlad’s guy.

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    Baud says:



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    Yarrow says:

    @Baud: Yep. I love her attitude about things like that.

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    Yarrow says:

    @satby: Absolutely. Do not trust. Fortunately this time around there are enough candidates that it’s not a Wilmer against [accused of being a centrist sellout candidate] and he can sink or swim on his own merits. Preferably sink.

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    Baud says:


    I think Warren has run the best campaign so far but she also hasn’t faced much direct conflict (John Delaney doesn’t count). That’ll be her next test IMHO.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    I love Kamala. Sorry Cole bigfooted her.

    I just saw a good tweet: “Forget about impeachment. Let’s start the crucifixion hearings.”

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @waratah: There was talk on twitter

    “people are saying…”

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    Yarrow says:

    @Baud: I’m just completely neutral except no Wilmer or Gabbard. Outside of that I’m okay with any of them because any of the remaining ones would be better than Trump.

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    Baud says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    Impeachment is better. No one comes back from that.

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    zhena gogolia says:


    You’re okay with Williamson?

    I’m not neutral, I prefer Harris, but I’d be delighted with any of them other than Wilmer, Gabbard, or Williamson.

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    zhena gogolia says:


    You’re quick!

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    Baud says:


    I’m not as neutral as you, but I would be most disappointed if it’s Bernie. (Tulsi had no chance.)

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    TenguPhule says:

    onald J. Trump

    The Legendary Henry Ford and Alfred P. Sloan, the Founders of Ford Motor Company and General Motors, are “rolling over” at the weakness of current car company executives willing to spend more money on a car that is not as safe or good, and cost $3,000 more to consumers. Crazy!

    12:50 PM – Aug 21, 2019

    It never ends.

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    Baud says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    Thanks. That reminds me that I’ve been meaning to tell you that you’ve had some good bon mots recently.

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    Yarrow says:

    @zhena gogolia: Oh, I forgot about her. Sorry. Okay, anyone but Wilmer, Gabbard or Williamson. I don’t want any of those three as third party spoilers either. They need to be defeated.

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    TenguPhule says:

    Aaron Rupar

    During his speech to a veterans group in Kentucky, Trump — seemingly joking but who can be sure — talks about giving himself the Medal of Honor. I’m surprised his bone spurs didn’t flare up while doing so.

    8:42 AM – Aug 21, 2019

    Wingnut event horizon detected.

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    I don’t know this Misyrlena Egkolfopoulou person, but I already hate her. I can’t tell if she thinks she writes for the Society page, or if she thinks she is satirizing the Society page. But really, the nerve of some Democrats trying to raise money from rich people!

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    TenguPhule says:

    OMG. Satire and Reality have crossed the streams.

    This was the Onion, yesterday.

    Medal Of Honor Imprint Burned Into Donald Trump’s Chest After Curious President Places It Around Own Neck https://trib.al/tfXeZQC

    7:44 AM – Aug 20, 2019

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    Why don’t we compromise and go with impalement.

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    zhena gogolia says:



    I won’t say *shutters*

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    NotMax says:


    Yup. The Willie Sutton gambit is the way the system is presently designed, like it or not.

    Put another way, it’s not “Follow the money,” it’s “Collar the money.”


    Wilmer? Not gonna happen. Not in a month of Saturdays.


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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Rob Massing:

    Yeah. “Teslas and Maseratis! Oh my!”

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    waratah says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: that is why I have not asked about it because it was conversation on a twitter comment and I do not know the people saying it. I thought about it when this was made public today.

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    Jeffro says:

    @zhena gogolia: I’m good with bypassing the Truth & Reconcilation Commission and going straight to Nuremberg Trials.

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    Jeffro says:

    @TenguPhule: I’m starting to get a little reality-nervous here, and that’s not my usual gig.

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    NotMax says:

    @zhena gogolia

    Yeah, what does one expect during summertime in the Hamptons? Dodge Caravans and Toyota Camrys? Surprised she left out Jaguars and Range Rovers (or are those now declassé)?

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    zhena gogolia says:


    Did you see the clip of him saying he was “the chosen one” while looking to heaven? It’s probably the scariest thing yet.

    Has anyone noticed that they’re doing his hair in a golden yellow rather than orange now? It’s like he’s trying to look like the picture of Jesus we had in all the churches when I was a kid — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Head_of_Christ

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    Jeffro says:

    @zhena gogolia: Yes (re: the clip) and no (re: the golden hair).

    Personally, I’m fine if he ascends into heaven on a beam of white light, I just want him gone.

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    satby says:

    @waratah: @Jim, Foolish Literalist: right. Because anonymous sources on Twitter are rock solid info. And the Bernbots have been slandering any of the other candidates that are deemed a threat to sparrowman.

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    NotMax says:

    @zhena gogolia

    “Blonds have more Hun.”


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    Baud says:




    Was it actually a sparrow?

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    NotMax says:

    @zhena gogolia

    “Sir, I’m sorry to report they’ve discontinued making Aryan Amber. May I suggest Aryan Gold?”

    “Gold?! Even better! Why didn’t anyone tell me about gold before?”

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    satby says:


    when this was made public today.

    You realize that none of these fundraisers are held in secret, right? And that donors are still disclosed? There’s nothing any more nefarious going on there than in one of DougJ’s fundraising posts. It’s just on a bigger scale with deeper pockets.

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    satby says:

    @Baud: actually, when I just Googled, it appears to have been a finch. Finchman doesn’t quite have the dismissive contempt I was going for though.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Cheryl Rofer: This live action remake of Idiocracy is terrible.

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    Miss Bianca says:


    “Sir, I’m sorry to report they’ve discontinued making Aryan Amber. May I suggest Aryan Gold?”

    So, at first I couldn’t decide whether you were talking about beer or pot and then I finally figured out what you *were* talking about!

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    waratah says:

    @satby: Yes I understand. I said I would not mind if Beto did it.
    I think that when comparing amounts the difference should be made by the press.

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    zhena gogolia says:



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    Karen says:

    Dems should not be so antsy when it comes to taking money from donors. The purpose is the thing: to get rid of Trump.

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    @Miss Bianca:

    I couldn’t decide whether you were talking about beer or pot

    Rocky Mountain high.

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    Ruckus says:

    He truly is out of his fucking mind. He’s reached the state of inability to actually do anything with new information. And he wasn’t exactly winning any prizes for his mental abilities prior to this. donnie is the kid who thinks a participation award, that is given to every kid, means he’s a genius. Of course he doesn’t actually comprehend what a genius is, he’s just heard it was good, so he must be one. And of course every time someone sarcastically says, “You are a fucking genius” he thinks people actually mean it. Participation awards are the devils work, or Vlad’s. Same thing of course. trump got a $40million participation award and of course he’s blown it, probably Jeffery Epstein has the majority of it.

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    Chyron HR says:


    But they need to be PURE like Bernie! Does Bernie take dirty money? No, he licks the NRA’s boots for free! SO PURE!

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    Ruckus says:

    Needs to be one of those lasers they cut metal with. That seems strong enough.

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    Yarrow says:

    Heh. This made me chuckle.

    The way things are going, one expects that the first half of 2020 will feature Vice President Pence racing feverishly to get the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment before Trump can dump Pence at the Republican convention.— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) August 22, 2019

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    MomSense says:

    We have to win first, and that means raising tone of money.

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    bill hennessee says:

    We hear this in every election but it never happens.

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