Trump and Clinton both scheduled to fundraise on Cape Cod
By Kelly Thomas | August 3, 2016, 14:15 EDT
CAPE COD – Looks like Donald J. Trump and Hillary Clinton each have their eyes set on the Massachusetts’ social elite. The respective Republican and Democratic nominees for president both plan to fundraise on the Cape and surrounding areas this month.
Donald Trump will fundraise in Osterville this Saturday evening at the home of William and Bridget Koch. Koch, 75, is the founder of Oxbow Carbon, a multinational company that is the world leader in distribution of petroleum coke, an oil refining by-product. He is the brother of Charles and David Koch, with whom he had a public business dispute and falling out in the 1980s. Charles Koch, known for backing conservative and libertarian causes, refuses to back Trump (although he calls the idea that he would support Clinton “blood libel”).
Tickets for William Koch’s Trump fundraiser range in price, from $2,700 for the general reception to $100,000 per couple for co-chair status. Guest who donate $10,000 apiece get a photo with the Republican presidential nominee.
Hillary Clinton is scheduled to come to the Bay State later this month, her visit overlapping with the president’s vacation in Martha’s Vineyard by several days. The Democratic presidential nominee will attend a fundraiser Aug. 20 in Nantucket. General admission tickets for the event, which will be hosted by Elizabeth Frawley Bagely, the former U.S. ambassador to Portugal, start at $1,000.
The following day, Clinton heads to the Cape for a less exclusive “summer celebration fundraiser” at the Provincetown Pilgrim Monument from 1 to 3 p.m. There, tickets range from $500 for general admission to $27,000 for co-chair status, granting the donor a reception with the former Secretary of State and a listing in the event program.
The Cape Cod area, with its high-profile, and generally wealthy, summer residents, is often a prime spot for political fundraisers, especially in a presidential election year. Mitt Romney made the rounds in 2012 as did President Obama.