The Democratic presidential nominee is in the midst of a multiday, high-dollar fundraising blitz across the country.
After a weekend packed with five fundraisers in Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod in Massachusetts (including one with an appearance by Cher), Clinton is traveling today to California, where she will attend seven fundraisers over the next three days.
She then travels to the Hamptons in New York this weekend for even more fundraising events.
The Clinton campaign’s decision to prioritize private fundraisers over public campaign events appears to be twofold.
According to a person familiar with the campaign’s fundraising strategy, August is considered Clinton’s last opportunity to pack in the fundraisers before her campaign schedule picks up in the fall.
Although the campaign is still raising more money than the Republican nominee, at least publicly it has expressed concern that he could ramp up his fundraising efforts.
In a memo sent to donors earlier this month, Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, said the amount of money Trump raised in July “should be a wake-up call to all Hillary supporters.”
“We must redouble our efforts in the coming weeks,” he wrote. “We have to take seriously the threat that Donald Trump could outraise us.”
The timing and locations of Clinton’s fundraisers conveniently coincide with her usual plans for a summer vacation, which this year she is expected to forgo. Instead, she may use her fundraisers to her advantage.
Hillary Clinton’s fundraisers, which are closed to the press, will include a number of well-known names.
Tonight she will attend two fundraisers in Beverly Hills, California: one at NBA legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson’s home and another at the home of billionaire Haim Saban, where each guests must contribute or raise $27,000.
Next weekend in the Hamptons, notable guests at her fundraisers are expected to include Jon Bon Jovi and Jimmy Buffett.