Hillary Clinton has spent much of her campaign for the presidency fending off claims that she is beholden to big money interests. Rhetorically, her defenses have been less than effective. But more striking has been her refusal to “lead by example.”
For his part, Bernie Sanders has done so by eschewing corporate cash and relying on small donations. The results have been astounding.
Clinton, on the other hand, while claiming that corporate money does nothing to influence her decision-making or her policy preferences, continues to attend fundraisers hosted by rich donors and corporate backers.
It is no wonder that Clinton is struggling to connect with young, working class voters: Holding $500 per person events and charging $353,400 to sit next to George Clooney are not exactly actions consistent with a message that attacks America’s exploding income and wealth inequality and promises gains for the poor and the collapsing middle class.
And once again — following yet another week of attempts at parrying criticism of her ties to the fossil fuel industry and corporate America broadly — the former Secretary of State attended a fundraiser hosted by Jack Benheim, the president and CEO of “a company that manufactures veterinary health products and nutritional supplements” and “a former vice president of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee,” as the results from the Wisconsin primary were announced, NBC 15 reports.
Secretary Clinton reportedly raised around $60,000 at the event.
More from NBC 15:
“The event underscores how costly the primary race has become for Clinton. Though she holds a significant delegate lead, Bernie Sanders has vowed to take his campaign to the party convention in July. That forces Clinton, who’s more reliant on traditional fundraising than Sanders, to criss-cross the country raising funds.”