George Clooney sickened by “Obscene” amount of Cash Clinton Gets

Clooney: Cash I Raised For Clinton ‘Obscene’

Protesters jeer the Clinton motorcade outside Clooney’s Los Angeles mansion and tell the actor: “You sucked as Batman.”

19:24, UK, Sunday 17 April 2016

 

Georgie Clooney

Clooney says it was an ‘obscene, ridiculous amount of money’ he raised

George Clooney has decried the “obscene” amounts of cash he raised at two weekend political fundraisers for Hillary Clinton.

The Hollywood actor hosted events in San Francisco on Friday and at his Los Angeles home on Saturday with donations ranging between $33,400 per person to $353,000 per couple.

“I think it’s an obscene amount of money,” Clooney told NBC News’ Meet the Press on Sunday.

“It’s ridiculous that we should have this kind of money in politics.”

US actor George Clooney (R) and his wife Amal Alamuddin

Clooney (R) and his wife Amal Alamuddin

He said he was campaigning for the Democratic presidential candidate because he wants to “get this obscene, ridiculous amount of money out so I never have to do a fundraiser again”.

“I’ve been a very big fan of hers,” he added.

Bernie Sanders
 

 

 

Video: Sanders ‘Not Bought By Big Money’

 

Clooney said he hopes putting another Democrat in the White House will result in the US Supreme Court overhauling campaign finance laws.

 

Supporters of Mrs Clinton’s Democratic presidential rival, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, protested outside the fundraisers.

 

One group of more than 100 demonstrators even pelted the Clinton motorcade with $1,000 in real dollar bills as it approached Clooney’s Studio City mansion for the dinner with the actor and his wife, Amal.

 

Mr Clooney told Meet the Press he went outside to talk to the protesters and they called him “a corporate shill”.

 

“That’s one of the funnier things you could say about me,” he said.

 

“Their T-shirts said, you know, ‘You sucked as Batman,'” added the actor, who starred in 1997 movie Batman & Robin.

 

“And I was like, ‘Well, you kind of got me on that one.'”

 

Hillary Clinton
 

 

 

Video: Hillary Clinton ‘Knows The Job’

Ellen DeGeneres, Jane Fonda and Anna Wintour were among the guests at the Clooney dinner, according to Variety.

On Saturday afternoon, Mrs Clinton attended another fundraiser at the Beverly Hills home of DreamWorks Animation boss Jeffrey Katzenberg.

She reportedly hobnobbed there with the likes of movie directors Steven Spielberg, James Cameron and George Lucas.

Mr Sanders, whose populist campaign has posed a resilient challenge to Mrs Clinton, praised Clooney’s description of political cash as “obscene”.

“That is not what democracy is about,” Mr Sanders told CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday.

“That’s a movement toward oligarchy.”

 

 

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