It is ironic that presidential candidates fault one another for raising big money for their campaigns, but continue to do so themselves. Case in point: There were 28 fundraisers in nine states plus China for Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton last week, including a grand finale hosted by actor George Clooney with a $353,400 admission price.
In total, Mrs. Clinton has raised $224 million for her campaign, according to the latest Federal Election Commission data. Her rival Sen. Bernard Sanders is critical of such mind-boggling numbers, though his own campaign has raised $139.8 million, from little donations averaging $27, he often says. The resourceful Mr. Sanders now is fundraising off Mrs. Clinton’s fundraising, satisfied by even a tenth of that famed “$27” figure.
“Thank you George Clooney,” advised his campaign manager Jeff Weaver in an voter outreach, praising the actor for admitting the big campaign bucks was “obscene” during a Sunday morning appearance on NBC.
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“You cannot change a corrupt campaign finance system by taking its money. That’s what this election is about: tearing down a system where big money props up the institutions that rig the economy against ordinary Americans,” Mr. Weaver continued in his pitch. “Can 99 percent of Americans defeat the 1 percent trying to maintain the status quo? That’s why we have to ask: Contribute $2.70 to Bernie’s campaign today to help us win New York and as a way of saying you have had enough of millionaires and billionaires buying our campaigns and elections.”
Act Blue, the contribution site, gives options for potential donors that go as high as $1,000. But no matter.
“This is without question that most important week of our campaign. New York votes Tuesday and five states follow one week later. How we step up and respond in this moment could very well mean the difference between victory and defeat for our political revolution,” Mr. Weaver reasoned.
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24 HOURS BEFORE NEW YORK
Campaign callings differ for the presidential hopefuls on Monday, a day short of the all-important New York primary. Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton will be in Providence, Rhode Island, for a fundraiser with former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank. Sen. Bernard Sanders will be in Long Island City, New York for a rally in a big public park, accompanied by actors Danny Glover and Fisher Stevens.
New York also calls two Republicans. Donald Trump will be in Buffalo for a jumbo rally at a major arena. Ohio Gov. John Kasich is in Syracuse and Schenectady. Sen. Ted Cruz, meanwhile, appears at a patriotic gathering at an American Legion Hall in Towson, Maryland.
It’s dueling marches on Monday, possibly with a cast of thousands. Rep. Steve King, Iowa Republican, joins the Tea Party Patriots outside the Supreme Court on Monday. Inside, it’s United States Vs. Texas — a challenge to President Obama’s “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” program.
The group also bristles at the potential appointment of Judge Merrick Garland to the high court — Mr. Obama’s “liberal crony who will sign off on his unconstitutional power grabs,” says Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin.
She will also be joined by Curt Levey, executive director of the FreedomWorks Foundation, plus Carrie Severino, chief counsel fro the Judicial Crisis Network.
It will be crowded on those marble steps outside the mighty court, though. Forward for Families (www.fwd.us) and other activist groups also plan a major rally at the site to support Mr. Obama’s immigration policies; the two morning events begin an hour apart.
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