Clinton Raises $18M in Three days 08/25 06:38
Hillary Clinton mingled with Hall of Fame basketball player Magic Johnson
and Apple CEO Tim Cook, vamped in a photo booth with actor Justin Timberlake
and dined with some of California's richest families on what was likely the
most lucrative fundraising swing of her presidential campaign.
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) -- Hillary Clinton mingled with Hall of Fame
basketball player Magic Johnson and Apple CEO Tim Cook, vamped in a photo booth
with actor Justin Timberlake and dined with some of California's richest
families on what was likely the most lucrative fundraising swing of her
The Democratic presidential candidate raised $18 million on a three-day trip
through California, or roughly $270,000 an hour.
The visit to the West Coast comes amid a prosperous August for Clinton's
campaign, with the candidate and her surrogates hosting at least 54 events over
the final two weeks of the month, according to a fundraising schedule obtained
by The Associated Press. A weekend trip to Cape Cod featured stops at seaside
estates and a Sunday "summer celebration" with the pop star Cher.
Clinton is trying to use the relatively quiet month of August, when voters
are more focused on vacation than politics, to fill her campaign war chest.
In the Golden State, many of her events were at well-worn stops on the
Democratic money trail. In Los Angeles, she stopped by Johnson's Beverly Hills
compound, where she spoke to the 500 supporters gathered outside.
Then she headed a few house down the street to entertainment executive Haim
Saban's sprawling property, where she was feted at a 100-person dinner on
grounds that included some of Saban's lighted animal-shaped topiary. The price
of admission: $50,000 a plate.
President Barack Obama had visited the same homes in 2013. But unlike Obama,
who allows reporters to observe some of his opening remarks to donors, Clinton
leaves the press waiting outside in vans and guesthouses, giving no hints at
what she might be telling some of the country's most powerful people.
Behind closed doors, Clinton soothed the worries and answered the questions
of some of her most ardent backers.
At an intimate Bay Area dinner for 30, one donor asked about "healthers,"
likening the unfounded rumors about Clinton's health to the so-called birthers
who questioned Obama's birthplace.
Outside the Piedmont mansion, a crowd of children and their parents waited
over two hours for Clinton, chanting her name in the chilly night air.
Clinton emerged from the home and, for about a few brief moments,
campaigned. She made her way down the hastily assembled police line, shaking
hands, snapping selfies and admiring the homemade signs.
Then it was back in the motorcade to prepare for another busy day raising