A star-studded fundraiser for President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign is planned for August 24 on the East End, falling almost seven weeks after a controversial Mitt Romney fundraiser at David Koch’s home in Southampton Village.
While the president himself is not scheduled to show, according to Southampton Town Democratic Committee Chairman Gordon Herr, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will be there.
The event, called “East End for Obama,” will be held at the home of Ellen Chesler and Matthew Mallow on Ocean Road in Bridgehampton, and will be hosted by actor Nathan Lane. James Taylor will also play a selection of songs for attendees.
While not as pricey as the $50,000-per-guest Romney event, which angered many and spurred a protest outside of the event, tickets to the Obama fundraiser are $500 for those under 30, $1,000 for a general ticket, and $2,500 for a preferred ticket, which includes a photo reception with Mr. Biden. For those who would like to be named “co-host,” contributing $10,000 will buy a photo opportunity and a name listing on the invitation.
Other “honored” guests include U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Frank Lautenberg, and U.S. Representative Tim Bishop.
Mr. Herr expressed his excitement about the event. “The fact that this event is being held on the East End confirms the fact that the East End plays an important role politically and economically in Suffolk County, Long Island and New York State,” he said in an email on Tuesday. “Furthermore, the Obama administration recognizes how vitally important it is that Congressman Tim Bishop is reelected in November.”
While Mr. Biden’s visit to Bridgehampton is for business, it is most likely that he will enjoy a little down time on the East End as well. The Bidens are known to vacation in Southampton and usually stay at philanthropist and technology entrepreneur David Bohnett’s estate on First Neck Lane in the village.