There are two reasons why Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton raises mighty amounts of money for her campaign: Relentless volume and star power — both the Hollywood and political variety. Consider that there are 28 private campaign fundraisers this week alone for the Mrs. Clinton in nine states, the District of Columbia and China. Yes, China. There are two events, one in Beijing, the other in Hong Kong. The real eye opener takes place in San Francisco on Friday, however. Hosted by actor George Clooney and wife Amal, the tickets for the fundraiser are $353,400 a couple.
Mrs. Clinton herself appears at a number of the events, as does former President Bill Clinton and the expecting Chelsea Clinton, who advises her audiences that her obstetrician has cleared her to participate. Also playing host for the Clinton campaign this week: longtime adviser John Podesta, former CIA operative Valerie Plame, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, former ambassador to the Bahamas and philanthropist Arthur Schechter, plus billionaire entrepreneur and environmentalist Kimbal Musk.
TRUST IN THE CRUST
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Excruciating details are a mainstay in modern politics, something that Republican hopeful John Kasich discovered when he dined at Gino’s Pizza in Queens, New York and proceeded to eat his pepper-embellished pie with a knife and fork. “Using a fork just makes you look like a nerd. A guy who eats pizza with a fork is the guy at the accounting firm that the other accountants make fun of,” noted GQ Magazine writer Jack Moore in the aftermath.
But it looks like New York voters don’t really care.
“John Kasich may get clobbered in New York next week, but it won’t be because of pizza. 55 percent of voters in the state say they think it’s acceptable to eat pizza with a fork, to only 33 percent who think it’s unacceptable,” says Tom Jensen, director of Public Policy Polling, which surveyed 1,403 New York voters to find this out.
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GALA DU JOUR
All three Republican hopefuls will don their black tie attire and head for the annual New York State Republican Gala on Thursday evening, staged at a glittering hotel not far from Grand Central Station in New York City. On hand: front-runner Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. John Kasich; the guest of honor is New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, the hosts Ed Cox, chairman of the New York Republican State Committee, and Arcadio Casillas, finance chairman of same. Yes, C-SPAN will be there, beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET.
A TAXING SITUATION
Some Republican heavyweights will gather at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday to parse out the nation’s taxes, and the hair-raising implications therein. It’s the Americans for Tax Reform’s Annual “Tax Day Eve” press conference, to be hosted by the organization’s president Grover Norquist.
“After six years of gridlock, the public debate this year will determine if tax reform happens or not. While the details are yet to be determined, the direction of taxes will be set this fall for the next decade — up or down?” Mr. Norquist asks.
Here’s who will be in attendance: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, Sens. Orrin Hatch and Rand Paul, plus Reps. Peter Roskam, Charles Boustany, Virginia Foxx, Jim Jordan and Rep. Bill Flores, chairman, Republican Study Committee.
Among the topics of interest for this august group: tax reform, IRS accountability, gun taxes. Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton has endorsed a new national 25 percent retail sales tax on guns.
“The Left is now seeking to tax guns out of existence. The Second Amendment makes it difficult to legally ban guns, but Hillary has led the way to explaining you can achieve the same thing with high taxes,” notes Mr. Norquist.
NOW THERE’S A THOUGHT
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