A team of high-profile Republican politicians and donors held a fundraiser Monday in Teton County to support President Trump’s reelection campaign.

The guest list included former Vice President Dick Cheney, who owns a home in Teton Pines, and his daughter, U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, who holds the third-highest position in House GOP leadership as Republican Conference Chair.

“Rep. Cheney is honored to be co-hosting this event and working hard to support President Trump’s re-election,” a spokesperson for Cheney said in a statement. “The President’s policies are benefiting Wyoming and the nation.”

Alongside the Cheneys, the fundraising invitation touted the chance to meet several top administration officials, including Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, and her husband, Jared Kushner, both senior advisers to the president. Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget and acting White House chief of staff, was also listed.

The invitation described Ivanka Trump, Kushner and Mulvaney as “special guests” and stated that, “Their participation in the event is not a solicitation of funds.” Under federal law, administration officials are not allowed to campaign in their official capacities.

An invitation obtained by the Jackson Hole Daily showed ticket costs running up to five digits. The base price for a single person was $1,000; for couples who want a “photo opportunity” it was $15,000; for couples who want a photo opportunity in addition to a seat at the “roundtable,” tickets cost $35,000.

A handful of wealthy Jackson Hole GOP donors were expected to attend. Gail Cook, owner of Bear Lodge LLC, and billionaire founder of TD Ameritrade, Joe Ricketts and his wife, Marlene, were listed on the invitation. Jay and Karen Kemmerer, owners of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, were also on the guest list.

Executives of the Republican National Committee planned to make an appearance as well, including Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, Co-Chairman Tommy Hicks, Jr., and Finance Chairman Todd Ricketts, Joe Ricketts’ son.

Amid the flurry of fundraising for the 2020 presidential race, Democratic presidential candidates Amy Klobuchar and Cory Booker also are planning to visit Jackson in the next week for their own cash-raising events.

Contact Cody Cottier at 732-5911 or town@jhnewsandguide.com.

Cody Cottier covers town and state government. He grew up with a view of the Olympic Mountains, and after graduating Washington State University he traded it for a view of the Tetons. Odds are the mountains are where you’ll find him when not on deadline.

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Noah Osnos

Why no 2019 pix; were they hiding out this year? Would bigly love to see pictures of this year's confab, with perhaps a list of big, beautiful, amazing donors.


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