Eat your hearts out, JEB! Bush and Marco Rubio.
Sure, JEB!'s got Anthony Scaramucci and Marco's got bizarro wonder twins Paul Singer and Ken Griffin, but Hillary Clinton has Tony James, you guys. And Tony's got some pretty cool friends.
On Wednesday night, Blackstone Group LP President and COO Hamilton “Tony” James held a fundraiser at his Manhattan home for Mrs. Clinton. Mrs. Clinton wasn’t in attendance, but there was another draw: Warren Buffett.
Mr. Buffett isn’t the biggest fan of Wall Street, but he is a big supporter of Mrs. Clinton. The billionaire investor met with a group of 12 Wall Street executives, including bankers and private-equity partners, according to people familiar with the matter. The price of entry was $33,400, with the proceeds of around $400,000 going to the Hillary Victory Fund, which is split between the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
You know what's cooler than one or two uber-wealthy finance types climbing aboard your presidential campaign? A small flotilla of them doing at once, kneeling at Warren Buffett's feet in Tony James' living room.
Among those in attendance were Blair Effron, the co-founder of boutique advisory firm Centerview Partners; Byron Wien, a vice chairman at Blackstone; Dick Cashin, the founder of One Equity Partners; Cliff Robbins, CEO of Blue Harbour Group; Wesley Edens, the co-founder of Fortress Investment Group; and Dermot Dunphy, a retired executive and former CEO of Sealed Air, according to people familiar with the matter.
In other news, Hillary spent the day leading up to the party in Iowa taking a super-hard line on stopping corporate inversions.