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Hillary Clinton: Why Yes, I’m A One-Percenter And It Will Cost You $353,400 To Sit By Me, But Hey, The Champion Of Everyday Americans Is Worth It!

Filed under: General — Dana @ 10:49 am

[guest post by Dana]

There is but one Hillary Clinton. Thankfully. Infamous member of the one-percent club thanks to her golden ties to Wall Street, including Goldman Sach, and who amusingly opened her presidential campaign (the current one, that is…) with this announcement:

I’m running for president. Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion.

It’s an eye-roller given that she is scheduled to be the guest of honor at a fundraiser where the odds of seeing any of those “everyday Americans” is slim to none unless they’re wearing a uniform and asking guests if they’d like more champagne:


One-percenters of a feather stick together:

For two seats at the head table with Clinton, George Clooney and his wife, attorney Amal Clooney, at an April 15 fundraiser, a couple must contribute or raise a whopping $353,400 — a huge ticket price for a hard-dollar fundraiser.

And say, do you think that April 15 fundraiser date is a little inside joke of the one-percent??


62 Responses to “Hillary Clinton: Why Yes, I’m A One-Percenter And It Will Cost You $353,400 To Sit By Me, But Hey, The Champion Of Everyday Americans Is Worth It!”

  1. Hello.

    Dana (0ee61a)

  2. george and amal clooney are low-rent cheese-buckets

    she must’ve been turned down by the a-listers

    happyfeet (831175)

  3. Was there an earlier one for April 1st?

    felipe (56556d)

  4. the odds of seeing any of those “everyday Americans” is slim to none unless they’re wearing a uniform and asking guests if they’d like more champagne:

    What’s infuriating about people like her is they have the ability to easily, conveniently vote with their feet and the moving van. To glide comfortably through life while both incubating and also avoiding (on a daily basis—Hillary, for example, resides in a cushy, leafy, generally segregated suburb of New York City) the type of socio-political-economic messes symbolized by this:, March 23, 2016: The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations filed a federal civil rights complaint against the St. Cloud school district in 2011, alleging a hostile environment for the district’s Somali students that included widespread and frequent harassment based in large measure, on religion. The majority of the Somali community is Muslim.

    Despite recognition from the U.S. Department of Education for its efforts to educate ELLs, the district hasn’t been able to close a yawning achievement gap between English-learners and native English speakers—a problem that vexes most school systems.

    In the district’s middle and high schools, Muslim students have access to private rooms with prayer rugs for the five daily prayers. Districtwide, school lunch menus provide pork-free options for students, and staff members try to spur the newcomer students’ interest in sports, culture clubs, and other extracurricular activities to develop connections beyond the classroom. The district has partnered with the University of Minnesota to develop uniforms for female athletes who wear hijab, the headscarves worn by some Muslim girls and women.

    Last spring, racial and religious tensions at Technical High School erupted when students and parents, most of them Somali, alleged that school officials did not adequately respond to bullying incidents and anti-Islamic discrimination. A social media post that implied a Technical High student had ties to the Islamic State terrorist group whose adherents have been responsible for deadly attacks, sparked the protest. The post roiled St. Cloud’s tight-knit Somali community. The ensuing unrest drew the attention of Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, who attended community forums in the city.

    (Incidentally, the Nidal-Hasan-ized US military is probably a bit — just a bit — less liberal or politically correct than a school district in blue-state Minnesota.)

    Mark (23b32d)

  5. “The party of the People”, it says on the label. Huh.

    Eat your Mac & Cheese, slaves.

    mojo (a3d457)

  6. is weird how you’re not allowed to co-host or event chair unless you’re a couple

    she may be a whore, but she’s oddly selective

    happyfeet (831175)

  7. The period (“.”) in the title had me thinking this was an event for the “little people”. But the comma (“,”) in the article set me straight.

    This is like the practices of the Catholic Church that got Martin Luther upset. Blood money to expiate a life of sins, so to speak. In this case, it is the mythical “carbon footprint” that is probably of most concern. And an occasional islamophobic thought as the next slaughter catches them by surprise. Before they realize that it is just the little people, who don’t have their own Gulf Stream and armed guards, who are threatened by the violence.

    BobStewartatHome (a52abe)

  8. Hollywood phonies, and the political elite
    And the people who watch or vote for them
    In every house and on every street
    And if fondest wishes were to come true
    They’d be buried under tons of concrete

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  9. “At the home of Shervin Pishevar” in San Francisco. “An entrepreneur, super angel and venture capitalist of Iranian decent” An early investor in Uber and on the board of Hyperloop. A big time bundler for Obama and Cory Booker in Jersey (cause Jersey ain’t corrupt enough) now bundling for Hillary! (cause Washington ain’t corrupt enough). He believes in a “collaborative approach” between Silicon Valley and Washington, DC (what could possibly go wrong there?). Won an award for Outstanding American for his support of expanded immigration for high-skilled migrants and supports startup visa (you know, the jobs Americans won’t do).

    Obviously the Ideal American of the Future and just the sort to “choose” our next resident, after all he did pick the last. Allahu Akbar!

    Rev. Hoagie ™ (e4fcd6)

  10. i support expanded immigration for high-skilled migrants

    we get way too many poopers

    happyfeet (831175)

  11. cruz has a tranny girl friend.

    cruz is a pervert (11cc10)

  12. 10.cruz has a tranny girl friend.

    We know Hillary! is to the bone ugly but stop calling her a tranny.

    Rev. Hoagie ™ (e4fcd6)

  13. Hoagie, I hope you are feeling better. You are in the prayers of me and my family.

    Simon Jester (2708f4)

  14. Thanks for that reminder, Simon.

    perhaps a silly question, when a fund raiser like this is held, where does the money go, to the DNC?
    As I understand it, those amounts are far beyond what a person is allowed to contribute to an individual candidate.

    What is the rationale for allowing someone to give that much money to the DNC, which turns around and uses it for their presidential candidate, instead of giving it to the individual directly?
    Am I missing something, or is this just gamesmanship that is supposed to look like making things fair when they are anything but?

    MD in Philly (at the moment not in Philly) (c13fa2)

  15. Where do you think the money goes, MD in Philly? Hillary! made $186,600 as SecState but has a personal net worth of $30 million (beside the $110 million net worth of her unemployed, disbarred husband). With the moral turpitude Hillary! has displayed her entire wretched life where do you think the money goes?

    I feel as good as I can Simon Jester, it’s the nature of the thing. It’s like trying to breathe through a straw. And someone’s pinching the straw. But thanks for the prayers, they help. I wish all you guys and your families a very Happy Easter. I even have my Buddhist wife doing an egg hunt. And now she just loves Peeps.

    Rev. Hoagie ™ (e4fcd6)

  16. I fixed the amount in the title.

    Patterico (86c8ed)

  17. I’m sure they can have a good conversation on income inequality and how the rich own everything.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  18. Be funny if Bernie and his wife bought the tickets with campaign funds, and secretly recorded the conversation.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  19. Thanks, Patrick. Dyslexia strikes. I’m usually more careful as a result.

    Dana (37f695)

  20. Friends with pull pay some dues.

    gbear (35fafe)

  21. So….they can only donate co much to her campaign,
    But they can give her as a person as much as they want for a “talk” over dinner????

    Why would anyone be limited in how much they can give, then????

    MD not exactly in Philly (64f9f9)

  22. O/T Brendan Eich’s revenge. He has a new browser out called Brave. I’m using it now.

    It’s a beta versoon so it doesn’t have quite the same functionality as you would expect in a full-up commercially available browser but it has two advantages.

    1. Pages download really do load a lot faster because it blocks the adware. It lives up to its advertising in that regard. It’s lightning fast compared to every other browser I’ve tried.

    2. It’s a another nail in the coffin of those fascists at Mozilla.

    I just thouht that if people were still interested in sending a message to the fascists who gave us Firefox, you no longer have to use a mere alternative. You can use a browser produced by the guy they fired merely for participating in the political process. You can now support Brendan Eich directly, and not merely withdraw your support from Mozilla.

    That is all. Carry out the plan of the day.

    Steve57 (08b8c6)

  23. Why would anyone be limited in how much they can give, then????

    Ya got me, MD in Philly. All I know is there are pages and pages of “rules” and all these politicians go in broke, come out millionaires, build “libraries” (like anybody needs a friggin’ library) and move to Martha’s Vineyard or some such elitist retreat to write the memoirs no one will read yet be #1 on the NYT best seller list for three months. So obviously whatever the BS McCain-Feingold Act (just the name screams bu!!sh!) which the Washington Post calls a “devastating legacy” does little to nothing about where the money goes. And when Clinton/Gore were getting Chinese money from Buddhist temples nobody went to jail so I guess even foreign money is in play.
    Why do you think Obama opened up Cuba before and election? For the people? The dissidents? No, for the big donors and labor unions to go in and “Make Cuba Great Again”. That’s what the democrats will be doing while Trump is Making America Great Again. See? In four years we’ll all be great again!

    Rev. Hoagie ™ (e4fcd6)

  24. Why did Souza get in trouble breaking the law by donating too much money to somebody through reimbursing a third party for their contribution?

    MD not exactly in Philly (64f9f9)

  25. D’Souza, my bad.

    MD not exactly in Philly (64f9f9)

  26. SOS will be served all night!!

    mg (31009b)

  27. installing brave now

    happyfeet (831175)

  28. is fast but yeah i need more functions

    happyfeet (831175)

  29. We’ve talked about this before, MD. It’s divided up among many entities, with attention to how much any one one donor can give to any one entity:

    The Hillary Victory Fund is a joint fundraising committee for Hillary for America, the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic committees of 32 states and Puerto Rico.
    Here’s how it works:

    Donors who are rich — and willing — can give $5,400 to the Clinton campaign, $33,400 to the Democratic National Committee and $10,000 to each of the state parties, about $360,000 in all. A joint fundraising committee lets the donor do it all with a single check.

    On Jan. 1, the contribution limits reset for the party committees, and the Hillary Victory Fund can go back to its donors for another $350,000 in party funds.

    All told, a single donor can give more than $700,000 for the election.

    nk (dbc370)

  30. There you go, MD. nk laid it all out for us. Did it sound like blah, blah, blah…blah, blah to you? Cause it sure did to me. IOW if you’re rich you can give three quarters of a million, and so can your wife, and each child and each pet. And since the Republicans are the party of the rich the democrats will raise over a billion bucks this cycle. That’s before they buy the obligatory “carbon credits”, donate to the prescribed “charity” or make speech#1. And considering all their advertising is gratis by the radical left news media, TV and movies and all their voters are shipped from polling place to polling place by ACORN, CAIR and the SEIU all that money is for “miscellaneous” expenses. You know, campaign buttons and lawn signs.

    Rev. Hoagie ™ (e4fcd6)

  31. I doubt they will be serving this at Clintons clambake.

    mg (31009b)

  32. there’s also don corzione@ballard, who made a billion dollars dissapear with mf global, yet was a bundler in good standing,

    narciso (732bc0)

  33. you need to try the hot sauce, happyfeet.
    The grenade bottles are genius, and the marine green is pretty darned tasty.

    mg (31009b)

  34. 27. is fast but yeah i need more functions

    happyfeet (831175) — 3/26/2016 @ 4:26 pm

    Just download it and keep checking for updates. I made sure to download the prerequisite tools for beta testing. Node.js 5+, Python 2.7, and Visual Studio 2015. I have no idea how to use these tools, but I used to do testing and training for a defense contractor that produced hardware and software for an unspecified government agency. And I used different tools. So I know I can learn. I’ll take on the project.

    Nobody said fighting the fascism was going to be cheap, fast, or easy, did they?

    Steve57 (08b8c6)

  35. Thanks, nk.

    So, if you want to give a lot of money to an individual candidate who may not be the favorite of the state party and the national party, that is where the temptation comes in to give money through a third party.

    So, Rev., technically your pet can not give extra…unless you fail to reimburse it and make it pay out of its own trust fund…

    MD in Philly (at the moment not in Philly) (a8334e)

  36. But then in addition, nk, the way they get personally rich is not through pocketing campaign contributions, but when the fans not only max out campaign contributions (which does help pay for a lot of nice meals and hotel stays, I imagine) but pay for talks and such at $350,000 an hour,

    MD in Philly (at the moment not in Philly) (a8334e)

  37. yes i got it

    but you can’t “save as text”

    that’s kinda basic

    happyfeet (831175)

  38. not that even more established browsers are any good at it, but firefox is the best at it

    happyfeet (831175)

  39. There were no federal campaign contribution limits at all before 1974. (Can you say “Watergate”?) And the courts keep striking them down in cases like Buckley v. Valeo, McConnell v. FEC, Citizens United, and McCutcheon, all lawsuits by Republicans. But don’t let me deprive you of your grievance with an explanation of the current state of the law.

    nk (dbc370)

  40. That was for Hoagie, MD. I hadn’t seen your comments before I posted.

    nk (dbc370)

  41. one thinks of that old knight rider tv show, going after ‘criminals that operate above the law’

    narciso (732bc0)

  42. Super-PACS, MD. You find “independent” super-PACS that support your person or dislike his opponent. Or create your own. I can spend a million trillion gazillion simoleons on a” Cruz Rules, Trump Drools” ad campaign as long as I don’t coordinate with Cruz. That was part of Buckley v. Valeo, I think.

    Politicians used to be able to pocket campaign contributions as long as they declared it as income and paid the tax on it. Chicago Mayor Byrne left office with $11 million; Harold Washington left $13 million when he died. But I don’t think they could get away with it now. George Ryan went to prison over the shakedown of $60.00(sic) contributions.

    nk (dbc370)

  43. no that was citizens united, who was the leading beneficiary, three guesses and the first two don’t count, abrams, maher, freeman, were all a party to it,

    narciso (732bc0)

  44. Citizens United was a great First Amendment victory, but it applied to corporations not individuals. (Hillary getting shlonged was a fringe benefit.) As we’ve discussed elsewhere, limited liability entities are indispensable in our regulation-ridden, litigation-plagued society.

    nk (dbc370)

  45. Amal Clooney-NOT HOT. But for a…well….Clooney has a lot of Randolph Scoot/Rock Hudson/Cary Grant type manliness in him. Often.

    Bugg (3ae93d)

  46. O/T again. How long, spokanebob, Leviticus, liberals et al, will you confine us by your craven fears?

    Got that? The Brussels March Against Fear is cancelled due to…


    This is typical in the opposite land you’d you’d have us ilve. The government officials, and you, who would accuse me of being afraid because I’m willing to name my enemies and confront my assailaints are in fact too afreid to do anything that might get them hurt.

    So the “March Against Fear” is cancelled out of fear.

    The world you would have, Leviticus, spokanebob, et al, isn’t even safe for your ineffectual tearful candle light vigils or a walk around town. Yet you not dare say why.

    The world you would have convinces our Islamic enemies we are ripe for the taking. It’s you who should be ashamed for lying on behalf of them. Not me; I speak the truth despite of and laugh at your impotency.

    Steve57 (08b8c6)

  47. Steve57, once upon a time the reason for cancelling Sunday’s “March against Fear” in Brussels would be because the organizers suddenly realized it was Easter Sunday, when Belgians and other Europeans should be spending time with their families. But in modern secular post-Christian Europe, Easter is just another Sunday for soccer matches and street theater.

    JVW (9e3c77)

  48. dan simmon’s cautionary missive starts sounding less so,

    the past isn’t past, it’s tomorrow,

    narciso (732bc0)


    …Let me set the stage for you.

    You have had a fairly successful career for a Naval Officer.

    …Peacetime was not good for you though. Less than a year after Command at Sea, you find yourself at Court Martial for insubordination during your Shore Command. You survive the Court Martial, but two years later the inevitable “peace dividend” arrives and so do the forced retirement boards.

    25 years of Commissioned service and weakened by the Court Martial, the expected happens. You retire and return with your wife and family to country living away from the sea – content in your civilian life.

    16 years pass. You are 60 years old. History, as it does, intervenes.

    His command at age 60? HMS Rawalpindi, built in 1925, an Armed Merchant Cruiser (a converted passenger ship). The ship you go to war with.

    During her refit RAWALPINDI was armed with eight 6-inch guns built in 1900 and two 3-inch gun mounts, the crew learning that they saw service in the First World War. The passenger liner’s aft funnel was removed, as were most of the civilian luxuries leaving a bare bones passenger liner. By mid September HMS RAWALPINDI was out of the yard as an AMC, heading for the RN Base at Scapa Flow to begin conducting patrols in the Atlantic that would last three weeks at a time.

    And what are you facing?

    SCHARNHORST and GNEISENAU were … 38,000 tons and armed with nine 11-inch guns as their main armament and twelve 5.9-inch guns as their secondary battery. With a speed of 31 knots and a crew of over 1450 sailors, they were at the time the most advanced battleships built by Germany.

    From the TimesOnline, here is his story – the story of the HMS Rawalpindi.

    On the bridge of the British ship , on November 23, 1939, stood Captain Edward Coverley Kennedy, a 60-year-old Scot, father of the late Sir Ludovic Kennedy, with a distinguished naval career behind him, who had come out of retirement to command the Rawalpindi. Its role was to intercept merchant vessels carrying grain to Germany but, in the darkening afternoon, Captain Kennedy saw something far more threatening — the silhouette of an enemy battleship.

    In fact there were two – the Scharnhorst and the Gneisenau, each weighing 32,000 tons, with a maximum speed of 31 knots, and fitted with state-of-the-art guns and armour plating. The British ship stood no chance. Kennedy took immediate evasive action but was outrun. Ordered to surrender, he faced a momentous choice — whether to give in or to fight.

    Turning to his chief engineer, he remarked calmly: “We’ll fight them both, they’ll sink us, and that will be that. Goodbye.” They shook hands.

    The Rawalpindi’s first salvos hit the Gneisenau but fell short of the Scharnhorst. Both ships opened fire, to devastating effect. Fifteen minutes later it was all over…

    Point is, we can’t not fight. And we’re not facing anything like the odds CAPT Kennedy and the Rawalpindi faced. Contra the leftist anit-American Americans crushing these people will not counterintuitavely become a recruiting tool. No, annihilating the people who offer up sex slavery and war booty as recruiting tools will severely hamper the attraction to follow their example for generations.

    And I’m available to be recalled,should anyone get serious about this. I only retired after 20 years in harness in 2008. There’s no need to send children to do this job.

    Steve57 (08b8c6)

  50. This could have been a good thread. Too bad.

    nk (dbc370)

  51. But don’t let me deprive you of your grievance with an explanation of the current state of the law.

    I’m not aggrieved with your explanation of current law, nk. I’m sure you did a bang up job. But I’m not a lawyer and when I hear lawyers start with that blah-blah-blah I instinctively know I’m being BS’d and pucker up for the upcoming screwing. I just find it interesting that there are all these laws yet after the elections, win, lose or draw the money goes Poof! and they start all over again. I’m not accusing any of them of stealing the money (yes I am), nor inappropriate use of it (sure am) nor malfeasance (yup) or pulling the wool over the public eye and getting away with it because they all do it from the lawyers to the judges to the lobbyists to the unions to the corporations to the politicians. What are we gonna do put everybody in jail except the moslems and Planned Parenthood?

    Rev. Hoagie ™ (e4fcd6)

  52. Campaign finance restrictions are 1) Democrat-inspired, 2) incumbent-protective and 3) anti-First Amendment freedom of political speech. They did not exist before 1974, there is no good reason for them to exist now, and there are very good reasons for them not to exist at all. So I don’t begrudge the Clooneys anymore than I begrudge the Kochs. I consider them both exercising their Constitutionally-protected rights to engage in the political process as much as the guy putting up a “Vote for” sign on his lawn.

    nk (dbc370)

  53. why the hashtag, seemed particularly ridiculous,

    narciso (732bc0)

  54. Sorry to nk@48 and everyone else for hijacking the thread.

    It just burns me, current events.

    Steve57 (08b8c6)

  55. you could go down the list, the looting of haiti, the russian uranium heist, that required the cooperation of the entire foreign influence board, these are the same people who hounded nixon for 20 years about the hughes loan,

    narciso (732bc0)

  56. If you’re talking to me, narciso, yes I could. I’m reminded though of a recent discussition in which the Old Testament God was accused of being cruel. Far from being cruel, he had simply reached his limit and said so.

    Steve57 (08b8c6)

  57. I was referring to how this looting party, by red queen, and her westeros band, has real life consequences, I didn’t know that aspect of the battle,

    narciso (732bc0)

  58. The core of the democrts is the ‘gimmedat’. Only a shooting episode is going to deal with that.

    dee (00fef6)

  59. Sanders had a good night, perhaps the anti Clinton voters will show up.

    mg (31009b)

  60. Think Sanders and his voters are going to make quite the mess at the Dem convention when the recognize Clinton’s superdelegates are stealing their guy’s nomination. Don’t agree with Sanders about anything, but to his credit he is honest about what he is, a complete socialist. There is a constituency for free stuff without considering who pays for it. It’s how you get $19 trillion in the hole.

    Couldn’t trust the pantsuited liar any further than you could throw her. Further out of all the candidates of either party, she is the toughest listen. 4 years of that?

    If anyone has a clue how this will all end on both sides…

    Bugg (3ae93d)

  61. Good article from The Guardian, narciso. I love the lead-I:

    The charitable foundation run by Hillary Clinton and her family has received as much as $81m from wealthy international donors who were clients of HSBC’s controversial Swiss bank.

    Leaked files from HSBC’s Swiss banking division reveal the identities of seven donors to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation with accounts in Geneva.

    They include Frank Giustra, a Canadian mining magnate and one of the foundation’s biggest financial backers, and Richard Caring, the British retail magnate who, the bank’s internal records show, used his tax-free Geneva account to transfer $1m into the New York-based foundation.

    Hillary Clinton has expressed concern over growing economic inequality in the US and is expected to make the issue a cornerstone of her widely anticipated presidential campaign in 2016. However, political observers are increasingly asking whether the former secretary of state’s focus on wealth inequality sits uncomfortably with the close relationships she and her husband have nurtured with some of the world’s richest individuals.

    Rev. Hoagie ™ (e4fcd6)

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