Prominent Jewish Donors Join Trump’s Victory Fund
Several prominent Jewish donors, including some top supporters of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, have been recruited by the Republican National Committee to help elect Donald Trump as president in the fall.
On Tuesday, the Trump campaign and the RNC announced the names of those who have agreed to serve as vice chairs and trustees of the “2016 Trump Victory Leadership Team.”
The team includes former ambassadors Sam Fox, Mel Sembler, Ron Weiser, and Los Angeles venture capitalist Elliott Broidy, who serves on the board of the Republican Jewish Coalition.
Sembler, who was a top bundler for Jeb Bush’s failed bid for president, Weiser and Brody will serve as vice chairs of the Trump victory fund, while Fox will serve as a “presidential trustee,” according to the list released by the RNC and the Trump campaign.
Last December, during an appearance at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s presidential candidate forum, Trump gave a shoutout to Fox, a top Bush supporter and former national chairman of the Republican Jewish Coalition, while explaining his position on helping the Israelis and Palestinians negotiate a “tough” peace deal. “Is that Sam?” Trump asked as he pointed to him in the audience. “How are you Sam?”
“Good man. Very nice to see you,” Trump said. “I know everybody in this audience.”
Fox later told Jewish Insider that out of all those who’re running, “Jeb is the only one that would make an outstanding president.”
Trump is set to headline his first fundraiser Tuesday evening in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Last week, GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson implored Republican Jewish leaders to support Trump’s presidential bid. “Like many of you, I do not agree with him on every issue,” Adelson wrote in an email to 50 Republican Jewish leaders. “However, I will not sit idly by and let Hillary Clinton become the next president. The consequences to our country, and Israel, are far too great to take that risk.”