For the Clintons, Vacation in the Hamptons Begins With a Fundraiser

Former US President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
Former US President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton –AP Photo / Matt Dunham

Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton will arrive at their Hamptons summer rental this weekend, but relaxation is not the only item on their vacation agenda.

They plan to attend a fundraiser Aug. 9 to raise money for the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, with guests paying as much as tens of thousands of dollars to attend. The event will be held at a 6,100-square-foot shingled home in Water Mill, New York, that is owned by Joan and George Hornig, according to the emailed invitation.

Tickets start at $5,000 a person and top out at $50,000 a couple for a seat at the head table and an invitation to the Clinton Foundation’s annual spring briefing in 2015. The Clintons and their daughter, Chelsea, have worked in the past year to build the foundation’s endowment, often scheduling fundraisers while traveling to deliver paid speeches or sign books.


The Clintons have spent the past several summers on the shores of Long Island, New York. Last year, they spent a couple of weeks in August in an $11 million house on a 3.5-acres in Sagaponack. In 2012, they vacationed at a 12,000-square-foot East Hampton estate with a heated pool and eight bedrooms. This summer, the couple chose Amagansett, a hamlet not far from the surfer haven of Montauk on Long Island’s eastern end.

The Hornigs’ home, near Mecox Bay and built about 1900, is often referred to as Camp Hornig and features tennis courts sunken into an apple orchard and a dock equipped with kayaks.

Hillary Clinton has just finished an international tour to promote her new book, “Hard Choices.’’ But the Clintons will not spend all of August reading and walking their dogs in Amagansett. They will maintain a scaled-back professional schedule and escape to the beach rental when time permits, said one personal familiar with their plans.

Their fall schedules are expected to be busy, with both Clintons campaigning for candidates before the 2014 elections. Hillary Clinton is also expected to decide whether she will run for president; she has said she would make up her mind as early as the end of the year. The Clintons are to become grandparents in the fall, when Chelsea Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, are expecting their first child.

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