George Clooney Deserved to Get 'Berned' Over His Super-Pricey Clinton Fundraiser

george clooneyIf there's one thing we know Bernie Sanders is passionate about, it's that politics should be firmly in the hands of the people -- and by the people, we don't mean the 1%. That's why it's no surprise that Sanders is taking issue with George Clooney's upcoming fundraiser for Hillary Clinton: Just two seats at the dinner will cost up to $353,400, a price Sanders considers "obscene."

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Granted, not all seats at the fundraiser will set you back quite that much; the $353,400 price tag is for two seats at the head table with Clinton, Clooney (and his wife, the impeccably dressed Amal!). But another fundraiser the next night (hosted by the Clooneys at their Lose Angeles home) isn't much more of a bargain, with an admission price of $33,400 per person. And while some might argue that whoever goes to these fundraisers is free to do whatever they want with their money, events like these exemplify the sort of government sanctioned silencing of low and middle class voices Sanders is trying to fight in this country. 

“It is obscene that Secretary Clinton keeps going to big-money people to fund her campaign,” Sanders said in an interview with CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday.

“I have a lot of respect for George Clooney. He’s a great actor. I like him ... But this is the problem with American politics ... Big money is dominating our political system. And [my supporters and I] are trying to move as far away from that as we can.”

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It's a valid argument, particularly from a politican whose fundraising events generally cost between $15 and $50 to attend. Is the support of the average person somehow less valuable because they don't have tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars to contribute to their politician of choice? Money shouldn't equal influence, but it does. As does fame. Not that I think Sanders has it out for Hollywood -- or George Clooney -- in particular. As he put it to CNN, this type of thing is symptomatic of what he feels to be a larger problem with Hillary's campaign.

“It’s not only this Clooney event,” he said. “It is the fact that [Clinton] has now raised well over $15 million from Wall Street for her super-PAC, and millions more from the fossil fuel industry, and from the drug companies.”

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Again, valid arguments. Politics shouldn't be about payouts, though we all know it so often is. Whether or not Bernie's arguments will actually change the political landscape, of course, is another story, but it's a reality worth wishing for ... and working towards.

 

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