In a letter sent to supporters, Sanders’ campaign manager Jeff Weaver wrote that donors were being asked to spend an “obscene amount of money to attend,” according to The Hill.
“In the movie ‘Ocean’s 11,’ a gang of lovable thieves successfully heist $150 million from a vault in the basement of the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas,” Weaver wrote. “Fueled primarily from high-dollar donations, Hillary Clinton has raised more than that in this campaign, and is now enlisting the support of George Clooney (Danny Ocean) to pad that total at a dinner event that will cost people up to $353,400 to attend.” Weaver also sought donations in the letter, albeit he noted that the campaign has relied on small-dollar sums.
According to Politico, that is the sum that those who want to sit at the head table are being asked to raise or contribute for an April 15 event in San Francisco that the Clooneys are hosting. The money is being raised for the Hillary Victory Fund, which includes contributions to the Clinton campaign, the Democratic National Committee and state party committees.
The next night, the Clooneys are hosting Clinton at an event at their Los Angeles home, with tickets priced at $33,400 per person. The campaign also has been holding a contest in which winners can win entry to the event. The L.A. event is co-hosted by Jeffrey and Marilyn Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw and Haim and Cheryl Saban.
The Clinton campaign responded with a statement.
“Hillary Clinton has made it a priority to raise money for Democrats up and down the ballot and we’re grateful to the Clooneys for helping us support the party with this event. We hope that Senator Sanders joins us in sending the money he raises off our event to other Democrats.”