Former President Donald Trump will raise money for the New York Republican Party at a fundraiser next month in Westchester County, according to an invitation sent this week to GOP donors.
Trump, a Republican, is the headline attraction for the Aug. 5 event in Briarcliff Manor, which is home to the Trump National Golf Club Westchester.
Tickets for the fundraiser reception start at $1,000 per person, while a ticket that comes with a photo opportunity with Trump come in at $5,000 per couple.
Access to the reception plus a roundtable and a photo opportunity cost $25,000 per couple, according to the invitation.
Through a spokesperson, the state GOP declined to reveal the exact location of the fundraiser, though Trump’s Briarcliff Manor golf course has been the host of similar events before.
The fundraiser was first reported by Spectrum News.
Trump’s fundraising appearance comes as he continues to hold campaign rallies and flirt with the possibility of another run for the White House in 2024.
But the funds raised at the Aug. 5 event will go to the New York Republican State Committee, the elections arm of the state GOP.
The fundraiser comes ahead of a busy 2022 election cycle in New York that will see the all statewide offices — including the governor’s office — up for grabs alongside all 213 seats in the state Legislature and 26 congressional seats.
Trump met with New York Republican Chair Nick Langworthy at Trump Tower last month.
“No matter where his official residence is, he’ll always be a New Yorker,” Langworthy wrote in a NY GOP newsletter.
A handful of Republicans are seeking the nomination for governor next year, when Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo would be seeking a fourth term should he choose to run.
Cuomo is raising money for another run despite facing a number of scandals ranging from accusations of sexual harassment to a federal inquiry into his administration’s handling of COVID-19 data from nursing homes.
Rep. Lee Zeldin of Long Island is the Republican Party’s presumptive gubernatorial nominee after winning a straw poll of county leaders earlier this month.
Others seeking the nomination include former Trump administration official Andrew Giuliani, who is the son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani; former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, who was the party’s candidate in 2014; Lewis County Sheriff Michael Carpinelli; and Derrick Gibson, a political newcomer.
Jay Jacobs, New York Democratic chairman, criticized the GOP for embracing Trump at its fundraiser, saying it “defies all decency.”
“New Yorkers are far too smart to be impressed by the NY GOP’s pandering of a failed president who will go down in history as among the nation’s worst,” Jacobs said in a statement.
Jon Campbell is the New York State Team editor for the USA TODAY Network. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @JonCampbellGAN.
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