Spike Lee (L) and Wes Moore (R).
Maryland gubernatorial candidate Wes Moore is planning to head to a private fundraiser at the Martha’s Vineyard home of Oscar-winning filmmaker Spike Lee, according to an invitation obtained by CNBC.
But the Democrat has to win Tuesday’s primary first.
The invitation shows that Moore, an author and former head of the Robin Hood Foundation charity, is set to head to Lee’s home Aug. 14. But it adds: “This event is contingent upon the results of the July 19th Maryland Gubernatorial Primary. We hope you will consider supporting Wes in advance of the primary to reserve your spot for this exciting event!”
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a popular moderate Republican, is term limited, so the seat is up for grabs.
It’s a tight race for the Democratic nomination. A June poll by Goucher College shows Moore a close second to Peter Franchot, Maryland’s comptroller. Tom Perez, the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, was tied with Moore in 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 in the Martha’s Vineyard town of Oak Bluffs.
Martha’s Vineyard, located 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 New York Attorney General Letitia James. The filmmaker, who won a screenplay Oscar Academy Award for his 2018 film “BlacKkKlansman,” did not return a request for comment.
A spokesman for the Moore campaign told CNBC in an email that they’re taking nothing for granted.
“In just over a year, Wes Moore and our campaign have garnered more endorsements, more donors, more supporters, and more momentum through Wes’ unique background and vision for the state, supported by a world-class campaign operation,” the spokesman said in an email. “We are taking nothing for granted, which is why we have over 2,000 volunteer shifts scheduled for the final weekend of the campaign. We will be well prepared to carry our momentum into the unusually short general election, which requires months of deliberate planning.”
While it’s unclear who would attend the Moore fundraiser, the former Robin Hood CEO has brought in a ton of money during his run for governor. State election records show that the Moore campaign raised over $ 1.9 million throughout the first half of the year. 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 founder of Moore Capital Management (which is not connected to Wes Moore); Frank Bisignano, the CEO of Fiserv; Stuart Ingis, the chairman of Venable; and Ted Leonsis, the CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which owns and operates numerous Washington sports teams, including the Washington Capitals.