Hillary vs. Trump: Battle of the Hamptons Fundraisers

Election fundraisers headed by NFL team owners are going head-to-head.
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Hillary Clinton (left) and Donald Trump

Let the games begin! Where better to look for solvent political contributors than the Hamptons in August, and who better to rally support than owners of professional sports teams, who are going head-to-head with election fundraisers?

After a Donald Trump fundraiser held by billionaire financier Wilbur Ross in July, a dinner was hosted for the GOP candidate on Aug. 13 by New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, along with investor Howard Lorber, real estate developer Peter Kalikow and financier and Fox Business Network host Anthony Scaramucci at Johnson’s home next to East Hampton’s legendary Maidstone Club. Tickets ran from $10,000 to $20,000.

Meanwhile, New York Giants co-owner Jonathan Tisch is huddling with real estate magnate Bill Rudin to host a dinner for Hillary Clinton on Aug. 28 at his Bridgehampton home, where seats will run $33,400 each, just one event among at least seven with price tags up to $100,000 that have even Hamptons people feeling priced out.

"While I completely understand how important the success in meeting the financial goals of any campaign is, we cannot underestimate the power of every vote. People from every income bracket must feel included, engaged and appreciated," says Barbara Layton, owner of Babette's, the East Hampton celebrity-heavy restaurant that the Clintons famously visit every August for Bill's birthday and a longtime Clintons devotee. Other Clinton East End events for Clinton planned between Aug. 26 and Aug. 30 include an evening with Chelsea at Wolffer Estate Vineyard, and a dinner at the home of Jimmy Buffett, where he and Jon Bon Jovi will perform.

A version of this story first appeared in the Aug. 26 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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