Dozens of black executives and their spouses joined Senators Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, as well as Eric H. Holder Jr., the former attorney general, for a private dinner in July in Bridgehampton, N.Y. Over kale salad and sea bass on the grounds of a hotel, the executives sought advice about their intermittent fund-raising efforts to address political and social issues, and for the candidates who support those causes.
Ronald Kirk, a former mayor of Dallas and a lawyer who served in the Obama administration, had the bluntest message. “You’re wasting your money,” he recalled saying. “My advice is: Get organized.”
It was a crystallizing moment. Many attendees had long been part of an informal group of friends and associates who raised money for philanthropies or policy issues on an ad hoc basis. At the dinner, they decided it was time to use their wealth and stature in a more formal way.
By early 2018, the group hopes to start a political action committee, creating a new fund-raising model for corporate executives of color. The group would support candidates of any political party who fit the PAC’s agenda.
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