George Clooney, appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday (April 17), said that there was a difference between the money being raised at events he hosted for Hillary Clinton and that of Republican donors like the Koch brothers.
Asked by host Chuck Todd whether donors would enjoy better access for giving sums as high as $353,400, Clooney says, “No, I actually don’t think that is true.”
“I think there is a difference between the Koch brothers and us,” he says. He pointed to the contrasting tax policies between the parties. The ones he and other Democratic donors support “would probably cost us a lot of money” while “the Koch brothers would probably profit if they get their way.”
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Clooney and his wife Amal hosted a fundraiser for Clinton at their Studio City home on Saturday. The money raised went to the Hillary Victory Fund, a joint committee for the Clinton campaign, the Democratic National Committee and state parties.
Supporters of Bernie Sanders protested down the street from the event, and even threw cash at her motorcade as it went by.
But Clooney said that one thing the Clinton campaign has not been good at explaining is that the money raised benefits Democratic candidates down ballot. Proceeds from the Victory Fund are split between the Clinton’s campaign, the Democratic National Committee and state parties.
He said that Sanders supporters were “right,” and that the money being raised was “obscene.” But the money also would be going to elect a Democratic majority in the Senate who would be tasked with confirming Supreme Court nominees committed to overturning the high court’s Citizens United decision.
“It is one of the worst laws passed since I have been around,” Clooney says.
His views are in line with a number of Hollywood Democrats who decry money in politics yet say that the party can’t disarm in the face of huge sums being raised by Republicans. Clooney cited the huge sums the Kochs have said they plan to invest in the election.
Clooney praised Clinton, noting that he had worked with her when she was Secretary of State on his signature cause, that of the crisis in Sudan. “She understood it, she understood the issue. I found her to be knowledgeable and to care about the issue,” he says.
He also praised Sanders, noting that he has brought up issues that have helped the party. “I hope he stays in for the entire election,” he said. If Sanders were to get the nomination, Clooney said that he would support him and work for him.