The film industry has long been a bastion of support (and funding) for Democratic presidential candidates. Thanks in part to Republican union-busting efforts, today that support is more pronounced than ever. And it looks like Bill Clinton did such a good job of courting Hollywood in the 1990s that it is still paying off for Hillary. As political strategist Donna Barjosky said:
‘Not only was Bill beloved in this community, they’ve also known Hillary for all these years. So are you going to hire someone you barely have any relationship with? Or are you going to hire someone whose family you’ve known for so many years?’
Of course, Hillary Clinton had to watch Hollywood get behind Obama in 2008 with George Clooney and others throwing lavish fundraisers on his behalf. But what about today? It should come as no surprise that Bernie Sanders is not going in for high-dollar fundraisers, which means that territory is left wide open for Clinton to take advantage of, which is exactly what she has done.
Hollywood’s A-listers have come out in support of Clinton in droves, with the likes of Morgan Freeman and Robert De Niro announcing their support for her. Sure, Sanders has his stars too, notably among far-left leaning icons such as Mark Ruffalo, Susan Sarandon, and Sarah Silverman. But when you follow the Hollywood money, you see where the support is really going. Sanders has so far raised $653,840 in Hollywood, while Clinton has already brought in more than $9 million.
That amount might seem staggering already, but the money has not stopped pouring in yet. Two upcoming Clinton fundraisers will prominently feature George Clooney. An April 15 fundraiser asks donors to pay $353,400 to sit at the same table with Clooney and wife Amal at an event in San Francisco. And the following night, Clooney is hosting a fundraiser at his Los Angeles home where the price of admission will be $33,400 per person.
Sanders, speaking recently on CNN’s State of the Union, had this to say about the Clooney fundraiser:
‘But this is the problem with American politics. Big money is dominating our political system. And we are trying to move as far away from that as we can. It is obscene that Secretary Clinton keeps going to big-money people to fund her campaign.’
See what else Sanders had to say below, via YouTube.