Despite his flagging campaign the guest list for a pair of Joe Biden fundraisers in Manhattan Thursday is set to include some of the biggest money men from the city’s financial sector, and he expects to raise at least $1 million, according to a report.
A guest list obtained by CNBC includes luminaries such as former Morgan Stanley CEO John Mack, Centerview Partners’ Alan Hartman, Citigroup exec Ray McGuire, Blackstone operating chief Jonathan Gray, Snap Chairman Michael Lynton, and former Obama economic adviser Jeffrey Zients, who is also the president of private equity firm Cranemere Group, the cable network reported.
Other fat cats include Goldman Sachs chief spokesman Jake Siewert, along with his wife, Christine Anderson, the head of public affairs at Blackstone.
Jonathan Henes, California Sen. Kamala Harris’ former national finance chair who is now backing Biden, and Mark Gallogly, a co-founder of Centerbridge Partners, are also expected to attend.
The first fundraiser takes place at Sarabeth’s restaurant on Central Park South at 4:45 p.m. followed by a second at 6 p.m. at the Wayfarer on West 57th Street nearby, sources told The Post.
The CNBC guest list indicates that there will be at least 280 attendees in all, and and that each had shelled out $2,800 to get in. A spokesman for Biden did not return a request from the network for comment.
The fundraisers come after Biden finished a disappointing fifth in this week’s New Hampshire Primary after coming in fourth in Iowa a little over a week earlier.
The former veep needs the cash to compete in the South Carolina primary on Feb. 29, which his campaign has called a firewall, and the 14 primaries on Super Tuesday, March 3.
Biden began 2020 with $8.9 million, behind top rivals Sen. Bernie Sanders, former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a billionaire who has spent more than $250 million on advertising and has launched a massive field operation, also poses a threat to Biden.
Many of the Thursday attendees have privately said that they would back Bloomberg’s campaign if Biden didn’t fare better in the Nevada caucuses Feb. 22 and the South Carolina contest.
On Thursday, Biden told “The View” that he’d been raising $400,000 online every day since the beginning of February.