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- February 19, 2016

Desperate For Big Money, The Clintons Are Hitting New Lows With Their Off Message Fundraisers In Different Time Zones

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TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Desperate for cash, the Clinton campaign has already held over 100 fundraisers this calendar year, with the breakneck pace only spending up.
  • On Sunday, Clinton will fundraise with a small donor advocate that is more on message with Sanders than Clinton.
  • The same day, Bill Clinton will fundraise with Cliff Hudson, who was designated a "threat" by Clinton's own supporters for trying to privatize aspects of public education.
  • The Clinton campaign's off message fundraising reeks of desperation as her rival Bernie Sanders is expected to out raise her for the second month in a row.

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CLINTON'S OFF MESSAGE BIG $$ FUNDRAISING REEKS OF DESPERATION AS SANDERS CONTINUES TO OUT RAISE HER WITH A GRASSROOTS ARMS

"Clinton Has Benefitted From More Than 100 Fundraisers" In 2016 Alone. "Although Hillary Clinton has benefited from more than 100 fundraisers in just the first two months of 2016 - an average of 1.75 per day - this week marks her busiest fundraising period to date." (Drew Doggett, "Hillary Clinton's February Fundraising Is A Tour-De-Force," Political Party Time, 2/18/16)

  • Just On Wednesday Of This Week, Clinton Held Eight Fundraising Events, Three Attended Each By Bill And Hillary, And Two By Chelsea. "But Wednesday was the centerpiece, with a total of eight fundraising events occurring in one day: Hillary was at three Chicago events; Chelsea broke bread with Susie Buffet - daughter of Warren Buffet - in Nebraska, then headed to Kansas for another funder; and Bill headlined three events in New York. Prices to all of these events frequently rose to $10,000 or even $27,000 for top-tier levels." (Drew Doggett, "Hillary Clinton's February Fundraising Is A Tour-De-Force," The Sunlight Foundation, 2/18/16)

"Mrs. Clinton Has Spent The Past 10 Months Crisscrossing The Country And Attending More Than 230 Fundraisers…" "Mrs. Clinton has spent the past 10 months crisscrossing the country and attending more than 230 fund-raisers, asking for checks of up to $2,700, the maximum contribution allowed in the primary campaign. Some 24,000 people and political action committees have given that maximum, providing her with a base of about $65 million for her campaign." (Amy Chozick And Jason Horowitz, "Small Gifts to Bernie Sanders Challenge Hillary Clinton Fund-Raising Model," The New York Times , 2/13/16)

But Sanders Has Demonstrated An Ability To "Turn On An Enormous Cash Spigot…" "Still, Sanders' ability to turn on an enormous cash spigot has provided his campaign with extra firepower as the race expands to a much larger playing field. He has already deployed paid staff to all the states that vote through March 1, including 50 each to Nevada and South Carolina, where he is also running TV ads." (Matea Gold And John Wagner, "Bernie Sanders's Fundraising Prowess Boosts His Post-New Hampshire Efforts," The Washington Post , 2/10/16)

  • Sanders Does Not Have Paid Staffers To Bundle Checks And Cultivate Fundraisers. "It's a fundraising operation that requires little traditional overhead. Unlike most candidates, Sanders does not have paid finance staffers assigned to cultivate fundraisers who bundle checks, and he has held just a handful of events to solicit larger donations." (Matea Gold And John Wagner, "Bernie Sanders's Fundraising Prowess Boosts His Post-New Hampshire Efforts," The Washington Post , 2/10/16)

Sanders Operation Is "Highly Efficient," He "Simply Asks Small Donors To Give Online, And They Do, While Mrs. Clinton Has Left The Campaign Trail Repeatedly To Fly To Other Cities For Receptions With Bigger Contributions." "Mr. Sanders, the Vermont senator, has raised some $96 million to Hillary Clinton 's $127 million, but he is gaining ground after raising $5 million more than she did last month. His operation is also highly efficient - Mr. Sanders simply asks his small donors to give online, and they do, while Mrs. Clinton has left the campaign trail repeatedly to fly to other cities for receptions with bigger contributors." (Amy Chozick And Jason Horowitz, "Small Gifts to Bernie Sanders Challenge Hillary Clinton Fund-Raising Model," The New York Times , 2/13/16)

Clinton's Campaign "Anticipates That Sanders Will Raise More Than Her In February, As He Did Last Month." "Clinton will again be fishing for contributions in California on Sunday and Monday, when she has events planned up and down the coast. Yet her campaign anticipates that Sanders will raise more than her in February, as he did last month." (Evan Halper, "Hillary Clinton Faces One Problem She Didn't Expect: Money," The Los Angeles Times, 2/19/16)

  • "The Bernie Sanders Fundraising Bump That Hillary Clinton's Allies Have Been Worried About For Months Is Real." (Gabriel Debenedetti, "Sanders Gets Big Fundraising Bump After New Hampshire Win," Politico, 2/10/16)

The Los Angeles Times Headline: "Hillary Clinton Faces One Problem She Didn't Expect: Money" (Evan Halper, "Hillary Clinton Faces One Problem She Didn't Expect: Money," The Los Angeles Times, 2/19/16)

"Money Was Never Supposed To Be A" Trouble For Clinton's Campaign. "Hillary Clinton's campaign had planned for any number of troubles on her path toward the Democratic nomination; money was never supposed to be among them." (Evan Halper, "Hillary Clinton Faces One Problem She Didn't Expect: Money," The Los Angeles Times, 2/19/16)

Many Of Clinton's Donors Are Already Maxed-Out For The Primary

"Clinton's Rainmakers Have Grown Anxious." "Clinton's rainmakers have grown anxious. She began the year with $10 million more in the bank than Sanders, but that cushion is disappearing fast." (Evan Halper, "Hillary Clinton Faces One Problem She Didn't Expect: Money," The Los Angeles Times, 2/19/16)

Clinton Leans Heavily On Wealthy Backers Who Are Maxed Out In The Primary. "Clinton leans much more heavily on wealthy backers: She raised 58 percent of her money in 2015 from contributors who gave the $2,700 maximum, according to the Campaign Finance Institute. She cannot turn to them again for support during the primary." (Matea Gold And John Wagner, "Bernie Sanders's Fundraising Prowess Boosts His Post-New Hampshire Efforts," The Washington Post , 2/10/16)

In 2015, Clinton Raised 58 Percent Of Her $110.4 Million In Primary Money From Donors Who Have Now Given The Maximum $2,700 Contribution To Her Campaign. "Clinton last year raised 58 percent of her $110.4 million in primary money from donors who have now given the maximum of $2,700, according to the Campaign Finance Institute. That means she has to keep finding new sources of big checks." (Ben White, "Why Clinton Can't Stop Raising Wall Street Cash," Politico, 2/4/16)

A Clinton Donor In Los Angeles Said "The Pond Is Getting Fished Out." "The pond is getting fished out. Everyone is sending invitations to the same group of people. And those people have already given as much as they are allowed to give," warned a Clinton loyalist in Los Angeles who has raised tens of thousands of dollars for the campaign." (Evan Halper, "Hillary Clinton Faces One Problem She Didn't Expect: Money," The Los Angeles Times, 2/19/16)

Clinton Has Found Herself Forced Into A Corner With Her High Dollar Fundraisers

"Clinton Lacks The Luxury Of Pulling The Plug On All Her Wall Street Fundraising." "What's not in dispute is that Clinton lacks the luxury of pulling the plug on all her Wall Street fundraising. Her campaign ended the year with $38 million in the bank to $28 million for Sanders. But Sanders can tap into a vast network of small donors who keep pumping money into his campaign." (Ben White, "Why Clinton Can't Stop Raising Wall Street Cash," Politico, 2/4/16)

"Clinton Is Locked In 'Goldman Handcuffs,' A Term Increasingly Used In The Campaign To Describe The Constraint Generated By Sanders' Criticism Of The Huge Speaking Fees She Has Collected…" "Raising money from Wall Street, which has backed Clinton in the past, also would prove problematic right now. Clinton is locked in 'Goldman handcuffs,' a term increasingly used in the campaign to describe the constraint generated by Sanders' criticism of the huge speaking fees she has collected from Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street firms." (Evan Halper, "Hillary Clinton Faces One Problem She Didn't Expect: Money," The Los Angeles Times, 2/19/16)

Paid Speaking Fees Have "Dogged Her On The Campaign Trail" As She Struggles To Explain Why She Accepted So Much Money From Big Banks. "Those payments have dogged her on the campaign trail. During the CNN forum Wednesday night, Clinton struggled to explain why she accepted $675,000 from Goldman Sachs to deliver three speeches to the bank. 'That's what they offered," she told moderator Anderson Cooper, adding: 'They're not giving me very much money now, I can tell you that much. Fine with me.'" (Matea Gold, Tom Hamburger And Anu Narayanswamy, "Clinton Blasts Wall Street, But Still Draws Millions In Contributions," The Washington Post , 2/4/16)

Sanders "Won't Let Clinton Avoid Clinton Avoid Her Ties To Wall Street…And Audiences Love It." "He won't let Clinton avoid her ties to Wall Street. He's going to keep bringing it up as he barnstorms New Hampshire and the nation, and audiences love it." (David Lightman, "Wall Street Cash, Goldman Speaking Fees Hang Over Clinton," The Kansas City Star , 2/5/16)

OFF MESSAGE? TOMORROW, CLINTON IS FUNDRAISING WITH AN SANDERS-STYLE CAMPAIGN FINANCE SMALL DONOR ADVOCATE

Tomorrow, Clinton Will Be Attending A Fundraising Reception Hosted By Gisel Kordestani In Meno Park, CA. "Hillary Clinton will be in Menlo Park, California to attend a reception hosted by Noosheen Hashemi, Gisel and Omid Kordestan, Lily Sarafan. RSVP to join the reception!" ("Menlo Park, California: Reception With Hillary Clinton," Will Hillary Win, Accessed 2/19/16)

Kordestani Is The Founder And COO Of Crowdpac, An Organization Dedicated To Ending "The Stranglehold Of Big Money Donors And Special Interests On The Political System," Much Like Sander's Campaign Finance Platform

Gisel Kordestani Is The COO And Founder Of Crowdpac. "Gisel Kordestani COO and co-founder. Gisel is a tech entrepreneur who has worked in early stage startups, management consulting and spent over eight years at Google in senior global roles in finance and new business development. Gisel holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in International Affairs from the American University in Paris." ("About," Crowdpac, Accessed 2/19/16)

Crowdpac's Mission Statement Includes Ending "The Stranglehold Of Big Money Donors And Special Interests On The Political System." "Crowdpac's mission is to give politics back to people - to make it easier for citizens to learn about politicians, run for office, and to find and support political candidates that match their priorities and beliefs. We want to help end the stranglehold of big money donors and special interests on the political system." ("About," Crowdpac, Accessed 2/19/16)

  • Sanders Campaign Website Says "Getting Big Money Out Of Politics Is Vital…" "Getting big money out of politics is vital, but much more needs to be done to restore our democracy. Notably, we must ensure that all Americans are guaranteed an effective right to vote." ("Getting Big Money Out Of Politics," Bernie 2016, Accessed 2/19/16)
  • Sanders Campaign Website Also Says "Special Interest Will Determine Who Gets Elected Or Who Does Not Get Elected." "We are talking about a rapid movement in this country toward a political system in which a handful of very wealthy people and special interests will determine who gets elected or who does not get elected." ("Getting Big Money Out Of Politics," Bernie 2016, Accessed 2/19/16)

Crowdpac Mission Statement Also Includes Making "Small Donor Donations" The Majority Of Campaign Contributions. "Crowdpac is independent and non-partisan. We believe that with the right tools, individuals working together can recreate our American democracy to be more representative. The majority of campaign contributions should be small dollar donations and barriers of entry should be lowered for first time politicians. That means crowdfunding U.S. politics, in place of the corrupt funding we have today." ("About," Crowdpac, Accessed 2/19/16)

  • Sanders Campaign Seeks To Amplify "Small Donations" In The Campaign Finance System. "Fight for a publicly financed, transparent system of campaign financing that amplifies small donations, along the lines of the Fair Elections Now Act that I have been pleased to co-sponsor, and an effective public financing system for president." ("About," Crowdpac, Accessed 2/19/16)

MORE OFF MESSAGE? ON THE SAME DAY, CLINTON IS SENDING BILL TO OKLAHOMA CITY TO FUNDRAISE WITH AN ENEMY OF THE VERY TEACHERS UNION WHICH ENDORSED CLINTON

Clinton Is Deploying Her Husband To Oklahoma To Do A Fundraiser With Sonic CEO Cliff Hudson

Bill Clinton Will Be In Oklahoma City At A Fundraising Reception With Sonic CEO Cliff Hudson. "President Bill Clinton will be in Oklahoma City on Sunday evening for a fundraiser for his wife, presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Bill Clinton will be speaking at a reception at 6 p.m. Sunday, to be hosted by Sonic CEO Cliff Hudson and his wife, Leslie, the Hillary Clinton campaign announced." (Silas Allen, "Bill Clinton To Visit Oklahoma For Sunday Campaign Event," The Oklahoman, 2/17/16)

Cliff Hudson Was Called Out By The American Federation Of Teachers (AFT) For Trying To Privatize Aspects Oklahoma City Public Schools

In 2004, Cliff Hudson Was Serving As The Chairman Of The Oklahoma City School Board And Proposed To "Privatize Support Services" For The School District. "Drive-in restaurant chain Sonic Corp. said Thursday its board of directors has finished a review of allegations that the company's chief executive officer had a conflict of interest in recent negotiations with food-service company Sodexho … The board cleared Cliff Hudson, who also serves as chairman of the Oklahoma City School Board, of any conflict of interest alleged by a union group. Sodexho is bidding for a contract to privatize support services for Oklahoma City schools. The school board has yet to schedule a vote on the privatization plan, which was proposed in July." (Paul Moines, "Review Clears Sonic CEO Of Conflict," The Oklahoman, 3/12/04)

The AFT Called Hudson's Attempt At Privatizing The School Districts Support Services A "Threat…" "In 2003, we had a threat of privatization. Almost our entire union-more than 1,000 employees-would have lost their jobs." (David Gray, "Union Members Are Community Members," AFT's American Educator, Winter 2012-2013)

  • AFT Said "The Campaign To Privatize Was Headed By Cliff Hudson." "The campaign to privatize was headed by Cliff Hudson, who is the CEO of Sonic Corp. At the time, he was both Sonic's CEO and the chairman of the Oklahoma City School Board." (David Gray, "Union Members Are Community Members," AFT's American Educator, Winter 2012-2013)

AFT Accused Hudson Of Rallying Privatization Support "From His Friends At The Chamber Of Commerce…" "Hudson rallied support from his friends at the Chamber of Commerce; his plan was to give the custodial, bookkeeping, food service, and transportation work to Sodexo-a company that Sonic had been in talks with regarding possible contracts in 2002 and 2003." (David Gray, "Union Members Are Community Members," AFT's American Educator, Winter 2012-2013)

The AFT Has Endorsed Clinton, And Their President Randi Weingarten Has Been A Vocal Clinton Supporter

In 2015, The AFT Executive Council Voted To Endorse Clinton. "At the American Federation of Teachers, where the executive council voted to endorse Clinton, membership polling was done in the summer of 2015 - when many people in the country did not know who Bernie Sanders even was." (Zaid Jilani, "Bernie Sanders Gets Group Endorsements When Members Decide; Hillary Clinton When Leaders Decide," The Intercept , 1/22/16)

Randi Weingarten Is The President Of AFT. "Randi Weingarten is president of the 1.6 million-member American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, which represents teachers; paraprofessionals and school-related personnel; higher education faculty and staff; nurses and other healthcare professionals; local, state and federal government employees; and early childhood educators." ("Randi Weingarten," AFT, Accessed 2/19/16)

Weingarten Has Been A Vocal Advocate For Clinton, Even Campaigning For Her In Nevada Ahead Of The Caucuses. "Even without the backing of the Culinary Union, Clinton has union muscle helping her: The SEIU, according to a new filing, is spending $100,000 in Nevada and South Carolina backing Clinton. And Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, was campaigning for Clinton in Nevada over the weekend." (Annie Karni, "Harry Reid Allies To Team Clinton: Don't Slam Nevada's Caucus," Politico, 2/15/16)


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