Travels of Hillary Clinton—August 2016
August is the first month of the fully engaged general election
below shows 31 of those, missing
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|Note: This calendar is based on publicly available information from the campaign, news accounts and tweets from reporters covering Clinton. The calendar above shows cities and towns. The listing below includes OTR/unannounced stops and other details, again based on publicly available information. See Rationale, Methodology and Limitations.|
-Campaigns at Omaha North High Magnet School in Omaha, NE (+).
-Fundraiser hosted by Warren Buffett's daughter Susie at her home in Fairacres, Omaha, NE. ($)
Tues. August 2, 2016
-Fundraising dinner with Bill Clinton hosted by Charif Souki, founder of Cheniere Energy, at Aspen Valley Ranch in Woody Creek, CO. ($)
Wed. August 3, 2016
-Visits The Knotty Tie Co. in Denver, CO (+).
-Campaigns at Adams City High School in Commerce City, CO (+).
-Fundraiser in Littleton, CO. ($)
-Fundraiser at the home of Charlie and Cantey Ergen, billionaire co-founders of Dish Network, in Bow Mar, CO. ($)
Thurs. August 4, 2016
-Tours Mojave Electric Co LLC in Las Vegas, NV (+).
-Hosts a rally at IBEW Local 357 in Las Vegas, NV (+).
Fri. August 5, 2016
-Addresses 2016 National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) joint convention at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC (+).
Sun. August 7, 2016
Mon. August 8, 2016
-Tours 3 Daughters Brewing in St. Petersburg, FL (+).
-Jobs rally at The Coliseum in St. Petersburg, FL (+).
-Jobs ralliy in Exhibition Hall at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, FL (+).
Tues. August 9, 2016
-Tours Borinquen Health Care Center in Miami, FL (+).
Stops at Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's campaign field office and speaks to a group of the congresswoman's volunteers and supporters, in Davie (Broward Co.), FL.
Two fundraising events in Miami Beach, FL:
-The first, larger one, at the home of Dr. Bruce Carter, drew about 100 attendees donating at least $2,700. ($)
-The second, hosted by Alfonso "Alfy" Fanjul and Paul Cejas, drew about 30 people, each of whom gave at least $50,000. ($)
Wed. August 10, 2016
-Tours and remarks at RAYGUN in Des Moines, IA (+).
-Rally at Lincoln High School in Des Moines, IA (+).
-Fundraiser at the home of Ethan and Gretchen Davidson, he is son of former Pistons owner William Davidson, in Birmingham, suburb of Detroit, MI. ($)
Thurs. August 11, 2016
-Speech on working families at Futuramic Tool and Engineering in Warren, MI (+).
-Evening fundraiser at The Chicago Club in Chicago, IL. ($)
Fri. August 12, 2016
Sat. August 13, 2016
Sun. August 14, 2016
Mon. August 15, 2016
HRC greeted Vice President Joe Biden as he came off Air Force Two. They motorcaded to Riverfront Sports for the rally.
-Campaigns with Vice President Joe Biden at Riverfront Sports in Scranton, PA (+). (rescheduled from July 8)
-Pool: "VPOTUS and Clinton spent about an hour at the home of Virginia and Bob McGregor, who'd set a big white tent up in their backyard." ($)
They drove to Biden's childhood home at 2446 North Washington, toured the house and did some photos.
Finally, they motorcaded back to the airport.
-Fundraising dinner at the Conyers Farm estate of Richard and Ellen Schapps Richman in Greenwich, CT. ($)
Tues. August 16, 2016
-Voter registration event at West Philadelphia High School in Philadelphia, PA (+).
Wed. August 17, 2016
-Tours then delivers remarks at a tax fairness event at John Marshall High School in Cleveland, OH (+).
Meets with Paul McCartney at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH, where he is later performing a concert.
-FOX 8 Cleveland reported that in addition to the rally and the meeting with McCartney "Clinton has a fundraiser in the area." ($)
Thurs. August 18, 2016
-Roundtable discussion with eight law enforceement leaders at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, NY (+).
Fri. August 19, 2016
Hillary and Bill Clinton have dinner on Martha's Vineyard to celebrate his 70th birthday, per an aide.
Sat. August 20, 2016 ...five fundraisers in Martha's Vineyard and Cape Cod
-Fundraiser at the home of former ambassador to Portugal Elizabeth Frawley Bagley, on Eel Point in Nantucket, MA. ($)
-Fundraiser at the home of Carol and Frank Biondi, former Viacom and Universal Studios CEO, in Edgartown (Martha's Vineyard), MA. ($)
-Fundraiser at the summer home of Lynn Forester de Rothschild in Martha's Vineyard, MA. ($)
Sun. August 21, 2016
-"Summer Celebration with Hillary" fundraiser with Cher at Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown, MA. ($)
-Dinner fundraising receptionat the home of Elaine and Gerald Schuster - he is president of Continental Wingate Company Inc. - in Osterville, MA. (on Cape Cod). ($)
Mon. August 22, 2016 ...nine fundraisers over three days in California
-Tapes "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
-Cocktail reception fundraiser at the home of Magic Johnson and wife Cookie in Beverly Hills, CA. ($)
-"Evening with Hillary" fundraising dinner at the home of Haim Saban and wife Cheryl in Beverly Hills, CA. ($)
Tues. August 23, 2016
-Luncheon fundraiser at the home of Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel in Hollywood Hills, CA. ($) (Originally scheduled to be held at the home of Leonardo DiCaprio, but as reported by People magazine on August 20, "Leo is stuck in New York until Wednesday."
-"Conversation with Hillary” fundraiser at the Montage resort in Laguna Beach, CA. ($)
-Fundraiser hosted by Diamond Resorts CEO Stephen Cloobeck, his wife Chantal at their home in Laguna Beach, CA. ($)
-"Dinner and a Conversation with Hillary" at the home of Quinn Delaney and Wayne Jordan, co-founders of the Akonadi Foundation, in Piedmont, CA. ($)
[Also today Clinton hosted a tele-town hall with small business owners (+)].
Wed. August 24, 2016
-Fundraising luncheon hosted by Amy Rao, CEO of Integrative Archive Systems, at the Sofitel in Redwood City, CA. ($)
-Fundraising reception hosted by Apple CEO Tim Cook and Apple VP and former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson at the home of Lisa and Patrice Gauthier in Los Altos, CA. ($)
-Fundraiser hosted by Laurene Powell Jobs, Steve Jobs' widow, at her home in Woodside, CA. ($)
Thurs. August 25, 2016
-Speech on "the dangers of Trump's divisive 'alt-right' candidacy" in the Red Mountain Building Student Center at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, NV (+).
Unannounced stop, orders a "nitro cold brew" at Hub Coffee in Reno, NV,
Fri. August 26, 2016
Sat. August 27, 2016
-Receives first national security briefing from representatives of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence at the FBI field office in White Plains, NY.
Returns to home in Chappaqua.
Sun. August 28, 2016 ...seven fundraisers over three days in the Hamptons
-"Family Garden Party" fundraiser hosted by philanthropist Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel and husband Carl, in Sag Harbor, NY. ($)
-Cocktail reception fundraiser at the home of Marcia Ricklis in Southampton. ($)
-Fundraising dinner at the home of New York Giants co-owner Jonathan Tisch in Bridgehampton, NY. ($)
Mon. August 29, 2016
-Fundraising event at the home of Karen and Charles Phillips, CEO of Infor Global Solutions, in East Hampton, NY. ($)
-Fundraising dinner hosted by Jeff and Randi Levine - he is a developer and president of the Jewish National Fund - in Quogue, NY. ($)
[Also today Clinton did a phone call with the mental health policy community (+)].
Tues. August 30, 2016
-Cocktail fundraiser at the home of conductor Jonathan Sheffer at his home in Sagaponack, NY. ($)
-Fundraiser at Jimmy Buffett's home in North Haven, NY. ($)
Wed. August 31, 2016
-Addresses The American Legion’s 96th National Convention in Cincinnati, OH (+).
1. In an Aug. 15 post headlined "EXHAUSTED HILLARY Is Taking Off Weekends -- And Media Is Covering It Up," the right-leaning Gateway Pundit blog (Jim Hoft) posited "It is unknown why Clinton is taking so much time off. Questions arise whether it is related to her terrible campaign event turnout or her poor health or some combination of both (>)."
Hoft's conclusion fit an ongoing narrative among some on the right about Clinton's health. Trump and his allies have sought to raise questions about Clinton's health for some time; the Clinton campaign forcefully rejected such insinuations (+) and in an Aug. 22 appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Clinton even opened a pickle jar as an indicator of her health.
In August Clinton was not out on the stump as much as Trump, given her position in the polls, maybe she did not need to be. In the latter half of the month she did a flurry of fundraisers. News reports suggested she was focusing on fundraisers now because there will be less time for them in the remaining months. Clinton is likely pacing herself for the marathon that is the general election campaign. August is also a vacation month, and Clinton could just be taking her vacation in dribs and drabs and focusing on the fundraising.
Keep in mind here is more than one way to do a campaign; large rallies such as Trump favors, show a degree of support, but are not the be all and end all of campaligning. When Ralph Nader ran for president he held well attended "super rallies," but that didn't win him the presidency. Clinton likely favors smaller events which may allow for a bit more control, but recall in July she did address large groups at meetings of national organizations. Behind the scenes she could be doing a lot of non-public campaigning, private meetings, and such which could be as effective as or more effective than holding large rallies in terms of winning over voters.
Hoft's basic point about Clinton's public schedule being light to date appears accurate (compare Obama Aug.2008 | Kerry Aug. 2004), but really a larger sample is needed, as through the end of August or September to draw any conclusions.
Clinton is also continuing to take criticism for tight control of media appearances. On Aug. 12 Politico chief political correspondent Glenn Thrush tweeted that Hillary Clinton "is the least accessible presidential nominee in modern times." On Aug. 14, Tampa Bay Times political editor Adam C. Smith awarded her "loser of the week in Florida politics," writing, "The Democratic nominee has yet to sit with a Florida broadcast journalist."
2. Politico's Gabriel Debenedetti reported on Aug 8, "In August alone, the three campaign principals will headline over 80 finance events in more than 25 states, according to a schedule of the private events distributed to donors and obtained by POLITICO. The candidate herself will hit over 35, while Kaine will make it to more than 30 and the former president will headline somewhere around 20. CBS News Hannah Chanpong tweeted on Sept. 1, "Clinton personally headlined 37 fundraisers in NE, CO, FL, MI, IL, PA, CT, OH, MA, CA, NY & DC in August." On Sept. 1 the campaign announced it had its "best fundraising month of the campaign in August, bringing in about $143 million for Hillary for America (HFA) and the Democratic Party. HFA, along with the Hillary Victory Fund (HVF) and Hillary Action Fund (HAF) began September with a combined $152 million in the bank."
Matea Gold and John Wagner. "Inside the exclusive events helping to fund Clinton and the Democratic Party," The Washington Post, Aug. 23, 2016.