Spike Lee (L) and Wes Moore (R).
Maryland gubernatorial candidate Wes Moore is planning to move to a non-public fundraiser on the Martha’s Vineyard home of Oscar-winning filmmaker Spike Lee, in line with an invite obtained by CNBC.
However the Democrat has to win Tuesday’s primary first.
The invitation shows that Moore, an writer and former head of the Robin Hood Foundation charity, is ready to move to Lee’s home Aug. 14. However it adds: “This event is contingent upon the outcomes of the July nineteenth Maryland Gubernatorial Primary. We hope you’ll consider supporting Wes prematurely of the first to order your spot for this exciting event!”
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a preferred moderate Republican, is term limited, so the seat is up for grabs.
It’s a decent race for the Democratic nomination. A June poll by Goucher College shows Moore an in depth second to Peter Franchot, Maryland’s comptroller. Tom Perez, the previous chairman of the Democratic National Committee, was tied with Moore within the poll.
Lee is not the only influential celebrity in Moore’s corner. The Moore campaign recently launched an ad featuring a voiceover by business magnate and talk show legend Oprah Winfrey.
Tickets for the gathering at Lee’s home are priced from $500 to $6,000. Lee owns a property within the Martha’s Vineyard town of Oak Bluffs.
Martha’s Vineyard, situated in Massachusetts, is home to many huge homes owned by celebrities and politicians. Former President Barack Obama purchased an over-$11 million estate on the island.
Lee has hosted fundraisers at his island home before, including for Latest York Attorney General Letitia James. The filmmaker, who won a screenplay Oscar Academy Award for his 2018 film “BlacKkKlansman,” didn’t return a request for comment. A spokesman for the Moore campaign didn’t return a request for comment.
While it’s unclear who would attend the Moore fundraiser, the previous Robin Hood CEO has brought in a ton of cash during his run for governor. State election records show that the Moore campaign raised over $1.9 million throughout the primary half of the 12 months. Since early June, the Moore campaign has raised over $450,000.
Records show that donors who previously gave $6,000 to the Moore campaign include: Louis Bacon, the founding father of Moore Capital Management (which is just not connected to Wes Moore); Frank Bisignano, the CEO of Fiserv; Stuart Ingis, the chairman of Venable; and Ted Leonsis, the CEO Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which owns and operates quite a few Washington sports teams, including the Washington Capitals.