RUMSON MAN TAPPED AS TRUMP BAGMAN
The driveway to Eisenberg’s West River Road home, as seen in 2012. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
Lewis Eisenberg of Rumson will lead a joint money-raising effort for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and two other organizations, NJ.com reported Wednesday.
The Republican National Committee and the Trump campaign announced Eisenberg’s involvement in the self-professed billionaire’s pursuit of the White House Tuesday night, according to the report.
Eisenberg, of Rumson, became finance chairman of the RNC after Ray Washburne left the national party post to raise money for Gov. Chris Christie‘s presidential campaign.
He is a former chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, a former chairman of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, and a former adviser to Gov. Christie Whitman.
The decision to form the joint fundraising committees, both of which can take in more than the $2,700 that donors can give directly to Trump, is the clearest indication that the businessman will no longer largely pay for his presidential campaign out of his own pocket.
One committee is the Trump Make America Great Again Committee, a joint fundraising committee between the RNC and the Trump campaign committee. The other is Trump Victory, which can take contributions of up to $449,400, and will raise money for the Trump presidential campaign, the national GOP and state Republican parties in New Jersey, Arkansas, Connecticut, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming.
“We are pleased to have this partnership in place with the national party,” Trump said in a statement. “By working together with the RNC to raise support for Republicans everywhere, we are going to defeat Hillary Clinton, keep Republican majorities in Congress and in the states, and make America great again.”
Four years ago, Eisenberg hosted a fundraiser at his riverfront home for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Romney has criticized Trump as someone who is “very, very not smart” and a “phony” who “lacks the temperament to be president.”