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Clinton's "Obscene" California Fundraiser

- April 15, 2016

Tonight, Clinton Is Attending A Fundraiser With George Clooney In San Francisco, CA Where You Can Sit At The Table With Clinton For $353,400. "For two seats at the head table with Clinton, George Clooney and his wife, attorney Amal Clooney, at an April 15 fundraiser, a couple must contribute or raise a whopping $353,400 - a huge ticket price for a hard-dollar fundraiser." (Annie Karni and Kenneth Vogel, "Clinton Asks For $353K To Sit With The Clooneys," Politico, 3/24/16)

WHILE CLINTON HOLDS A High Dollar Fundraiser, SHE IS TRYING TO "Cast Herself As A Champion Of The Middle Class"

Hillary Clinton's Ties To A "Cadre Of Wealthy Patrons" Cut Against Her "Efforts To Cast Herself As A Champion Of The Middle Class." "But in an election shaped by a mounting distaste for the influence of big money, Clinton's long-standing ties to a cadre of wealthy patrons cuts against her efforts to cast herself as a champion of the middle class and a leader who will challenge the influence of large donors." (Matea Gold, Tom Hamburger and Anu Marayanswamy, "Inside The Clinton Donor Network," The Washington Post, 11/19/15)

Clinton's Wealthy Donor Network Is Serving As A Major Asset As Well As A Liability For Her 2016 Run. "The Clinton donor network is now serving as both a prime asset and liability for the former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state as she seeks the Democratic presidential nomination." (Matea Gold, Tom Hamburger and Anu Marayanswamy, "Inside The Clinton Donor Network," The Washington Post, 11/19/15)

Sanders Called The Price Of The Fundraiser "Obscene." "Senator Bernie Sanders called the high price on tickets for George Clooney's Hillary Clinton fundraiser 'obscene.'" (Amy Graff, "Sanders Slams Clinton For Charging $353K To Sit With The Clooneys At S.F. Fundraiser," SF Gate, 3/28/16)

The Price Of Fundraising With Clinton Is Out Of Touch For The Average American

To Sit With Clinton At Her Fundraiser It Will "Cost More Than Four Times The Average Income In San Francisco…" "It will cost more than four times the average income in San Francisco to have dinner next to Hillary Clinton and the Clooneys there next month." (Annie Karni and Kenneth Vogel, "Clinton Asks For $353K To Sit With The Clooneys," Politico, 3/24/16)

To Sit With Clinton At Her Fundraiser It Will Cost Over 400 Times The Average Weekly Earnings For All U.S. Employees. ( Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 4/14/16)

To Sit With Clinton At Her Fundraiser, The Average American Worker Would Have To Work Close To 14,000 Hours. ( Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 4/14/16)

Clinton Needs To Keep Her Out Of Touch Fundraising Machine Going, As She Has Been Consistently Outraised By Sanders’ Grassroots Supporters

"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)

  • Sanders Outraised Clinton By $14 Million In March. "Clinton announced on Monday that her campaign had raised $29.5 million for the month compared with the $44 million raised by the Sanders campaign. Sanders's March fundraising haul surpasses the campaign's own record-setting $43.3 million raised in February. " (Abby Phillip, "Bernie Sanders Outraises Hillary Clinton For Third Consecutive Month," The Washington Post , 4/4/16)
  • Sanders Outraised Clinton By $13 Million In February. "Hillary Clinton raised $30 million in February and has $31 million on hand, her campaign announced on Wednesday - far less than Bernie Sanders … Her rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, raised $43 million in February, with $6 million of that coming on Monday. Sanders' campaign has not announced its cash on hand, but as of the end of January, he had nearly $15 million in the bank." (Eliza Collins, "Sanders Vastly Outraised Clinton In February," Politico , 2/2/16)
  • Sanders Outraised Clinton In By $5 Million In January. "Clinton began 2016 with about $38 million in campaign cash, $10 million more than Sanders had. Both saw their war chests grow bigger in January, with Sanders saying he'd raised $20 million last month and Clinton netting another $15 million." (Julie Pace And Ken Thomas, "Dems Ready For Long, Pricey Primary Between Clinton, Sanders," The Associated Press, 2/5/16)

Sanders Is "Boosted By An Online Fundraising Juggernaut" That Allows Him To Collect Campaign Contributions At A "Faster Clip Than Clinton…" "Boosted by an online fundraising juggernaut, the senator from Vermont has been scooping up donations at a faster clip than Clinton so far this year, giving him unexpected resources for the rush of coming votes in Nevada, South Carolina and the 11 'Super Tuesday' states that hold Democratic contests on March 1." (Matea Gold And John Wagner, "Bernie Sanders's Fundraising Prowess Boosts His Post-New Hampshire Efforts," The Washington Post , 2/10/16)

"Clinton Needs To Face The Reality That The Race Against Sanders Is Increasingly Looking Like It Will Last Into The Summer." "Aside from chipping away at those numbers, said a handful of prominent party members, Clinton needs to face the reality that the race against Sanders is increasingly looking like it will last into the summer - perhaps until the Democratic National Convention in July - thanks largely to his online fundraising prowess. The Vermont senator pulled in $5.2 million in the 18 hours after polls closed in New Hampshire, his campaign said on Wednesday." (Gabriel Debenedetti, "Democrats To Clinton: Fix Your Messaging," Politico , 2/10/16)


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