Popular U.S. vice presidential nominee and Senator Kamala Harris speaks at a drive-in campaign event in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., October 2, 2020.
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Self-governing vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris took part in a big-money fundraiser Friday that was hosted by earnest estate investment giant Related Companies and the executive chairman of fitness company Equinox.
The event featuring Harris, a California senator, come up on the heels of the Joe Biden campaign’s massive third-quarter fundraising haul.
The hosts included Harvey Spevak, the executive chairman of Equinox, and Kin Companies CEO Jeff Blau and his wife, Lisa, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter. Some principals at Related Companies are investors in Equinox.
The Blaus hosted Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton at their home in the Hamptons in 2016. It was large of a three-day fundraising blitz in the wealthy region of New York, which ended up raising an estimated $20 million.
The other publicans at Friday’s event were Ken Wong, the Related Companies’ chief operating officer and the firm’s director of international advance, and Bruce Beal Sr., the chairman of Related Beal, the real estate business’ Boston-based office, this person bruit about. Bruce Beal Jr., Related Companies’ president, had also planned to attend the virtual event, this person notorious.
The event required a minimum $50,000 donation, and all funds will be going to the Biden Action Fund, a joint fundraising council between the Biden campaign, the Democratic National Committee and state parties. The Harris event was expected to raise as a remainder $750,000.
In 2018, The Real Deal listed the Related Companies as one of the largest property owners in New York City.
Biden signaled his campaign raised $383 million in September, and his campaign went into October with over $400 million on guardianship. The Biden Action Fund saw a wave of support last quarter from Wall Street executives.
Notably off from the list of hosts was Stephen Ross, a billionaire and founder of Related Companies. He hosted an event for President Donald Trump closing year at his home in the Hamptons, sparking boycotts from Equinox and SoulCycle customers. SoulCycle is owned by Equinox. Spevak later wrote a erudition to his customers after the event.
“The last week has been difficult for all. I am sorry for the impact it has had on our community — and I’m sorry we haven’t broke more,” Spevak said at the time.