In the last two weeks of August, Hillary Clinton raised about $50 million from 22 campaign events. For the whole month, she raked in $143 million.
A New York Times article reported that at one event in New York, only ten people showed up, but they each had to pay $250,000 to get in. So, at that one event, she pulled in $2.5 million.
This is how she’s spent most of her time. She hasn’t been doing press conferences and all the normal stuff that presidential candidates do. She’s been going around the country, wining and dining one-percenters and avoiding the places that don’t have any money – like Baton Rouge.
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She goes where the money is – places like New York City and Hollywood. Celebrities, corporate executives, pop stars, actors, etc. will pay top-dollar just to go to one of these events to “show their status” and “see who else got invited,” as one rich Democratic activist public relations executive put it.
The Times also reported that kids of donors could ask the Democratic nominee questions, as long as the money was right:
For a donation of $2,700, the children (under 16) of donors at an event last month at the Sag Harbor, N.Y., estate of the hedge fund magnate Adam Sender could ask Mrs. Clinton a question. A family photo with Mrs. Clinton cost $10,000, according to attendees.
And when Mrs. Clinton attended a dinner at the Beverly Hills home of the entertainment executive Haim Saban last month, the invitation was very clear. If attendees wanted o dine and receive a photo with Mrs. Clinton they had to pay their own way: “Write not raise” $100,000.
Another advantage to choosing private fund-raisers over town halls or other public events is that Mrs. Clinton can bask in an affectionate embrace as hosts try to limit confrontational engagements.
Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a backer of Democrats and a friend of the Clintons’, made sure attendees did not grill Mrs. Clinton at the $100,000-per-couple lamb dinner Mrs. Forester de Rothschild hosted under a tent on the lawn of her oceanfront Martha’s Vineyard mansion.
“I said, ‘Let’s make it a nice night for her and show her our love,’” Mrs. Forester de Rothschild said.
What kinds of questions did these kids ask? The American Mirror posted a video of a Hillary Clinton campaign event in New Hampshire back in January where a kid was allowed to ask the Democratic nominee as question. As you can see, the softball question was completely scripted: