Kamala Harris attends digital fundraiser hosted by execs at actual property large Associated Firms


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 data of the matter. Some executives at Associated Firms are buyers 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 growth, and Bruce Beal Sr., the chairman of Associated Beal, the true 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 boost over $750,000.

In 2018, The Real Deal listed the Associated Firms as one of many largest property homeowners in New York Metropolis.

Biden introduced his marketing campaign raised $383 million in September, and his campaign went into October with over $400 million on hand. The Biden Action Fund noticed a wave of help final quarter from Wall Avenue executives.

Notably absent from the listing of hosts was Stephen Ross, a billionaire and founding father of Associated Firms. He hosted an occasion for President Donald Trump final yr at his dwelling within the Hamptons, sparking boycotts from Equinox and SoulCycle customers. SoulCycle is owned by Equinox. Spevak later wrote a letter to his clients after the occasion.

“The final week has been troublesome for all. I’m sorry for the affect it has had on our group — and I am sorry we have not mentioned extra,” Spevak mentioned on the time.


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