Bernie Sanders’ campaign is running an ad in San Francisco on Friday evening and Los Angeles on Saturday evening to counter fundraisers for Hillary Clinton being hosted by George Clooney and his wife Amal.
The ad, called “$27,” focuses on the average contribution to Sanders’ campaign as a contrast to the high dollar events Clinton will attend this weekend.
“If you can’t afford to attend tonight’s event with Secretary Clinton, we invite you to join Bernie’s fundraiser for the low price of turning on your television,” said Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ campaign manager, said in a statement.
Clinton is attending a $33,400-per-person event hosted by the Clooneys in San Francisco on Friday evening. It is being held at the home of venture capitalist Shervin Pishevar, and a group of Sanders supporters have said that they plan to demonstrate outside the event. According to Politico, that is the sum that those who want to sit at the head table at the event are being asked to raise — or contribute $353,400. 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.
On Saturday night, Clinton will attend another event hosted by the Clooneys at their Studio City home, with tickets priced at $33,400 per person. The L.A. event is co-hosted by Jeffrey and Marilyn Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw and Haim and Cheryl Saban. The campaign also has been holding a contest in which participants can win tickets to attend.
Sanders supporters in Los Angeles are planning to hold a $27-per-person “99% Party” at the nearby home of Howard Gold of the 99 Cents Only store family, according to a copy of the invite. “Humping Hillary’s visit at millionaire George Clooney’s. Next door, his millionaire neighbor simultaneously presents,” the invite reads.
Clinton’s agenda also includes an event on Saturday morning at Los Angeles Southwest College.
Update: According to a Clinton aide, about 70 people attended the San Francisco event. (The math: $33,400 x 70= $2.3 million.)
The aide said, “At this event, Hillary Clinton continued talking about her commitment to building on the progress we’ve made under President Obama. She does not believe that we live in a single-issue country and she is not a single-issue candidate. That’s why she is standing up for the middle class as well as fighting to break down the barriers that are holding people back, whether it’s poison in the water of the children of Flint, or whether it’s the miners who are being left out and left behind in coal country, or whether it is any other American today who feels somehow put down and oppressed by racism, by sexism, by discrimination against the LGBT community.”