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Where Has Hillary Clinton Been? Ask the Ultrarich


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Sheryl
- 867 days ago - nytimes.com
While Mrs. Clinton has faced criticism for her failure to hold a news conference for months, she has fielded hundreds of questions from the ultrarich in places like the Hamptons, MarthaâEUR(TM)s Vineyard, Beverly Hills and Silicon Valley.



   

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Sheryl G (359)
Monday September 5, 2016, 2:35 pm
The article in case you can't read it at Visit Site

At a private fund-raiser Tuesday night at a waterfront Hamptons estate, Hillary Clinton danced alongside Jimmy Buffett, Jon Bon Jovi and Paul McCartney, and joined in a singalong finale to “Hey Jude.”

“I stand between you and the apocalypse,” a confident Mrs. Clinton declared to laughs, exhibiting a flash of self-awareness and humor to a crowd that included Calvin Klein and Harvey Weinstein and for whom the prospect of a Donald J. Trump presidency is dire.

Mr. Trump has pointed to Mrs. Clinton’s noticeably scant schedule of campaign events this summer to suggest she has been hiding from the public. But Mrs. Clinton has been more than accessible to those who reside in some of the country’s most moneyed enclaves and are willing to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to see her. In the last two weeks of August, Mrs. Clinton raked in roughly $50 million at 22 fund-raising events, averaging around $150,000 an hour, according to a New York Times tally.

And while Mrs. Clinton has faced criticism for her failure to hold a news conference for months, she has fielded hundreds of questions from the ultrarich in places like the Hamptons, Martha’s Vineyard, Beverly Hills and Silicon Valley.

“It’s the old adage, you go to where the money is,” said Jay S. Jacobs, a prominent New York Democrat.

Mrs. Clinton raised about $143 million in August, the campaign’s best month yet. At a single event on Tuesday in Sagaponack, N.Y., 10 people paid at least $250,000 to meet her, raising $2.5 million.

If Mr. Trump appears to be waging his campaign in rallies and network interviews, Mrs. Clinton’s second presidential bid seems to amount to a series of high-dollar fund-raisers with public appearances added to the schedule when they can be fit in. Last week, for example, she diverged just once from her packed fund-raising schedule to deliver a speech.

Robby Mook, the Clinton campaign manager, said 2.3 million people had contributed to the campaign, which has significantly increased the number of donors who give online in small increments.

The public has gotten used to seeing Mrs. Clinton’s carefully choreographed appearances and her somewhat halting speeches and TV interviews over the course of the long — and sometimes seemingly joyless — campaign, but donors this summer have glimpsed an entirely different person.

It is clear from interviews with more than a dozen attendees of Mrs. Clinton’s finance events this summer and a handful of pictures and videos of her at the closed-press gatherings that Mrs. Clinton, often described as warm and personable in small settings, whoever the audience, can be especially relaxed, candid and even joyous in this company.

Mrs. Clinton’s aides have gone to great lengths to project an image of her as down-to-earth and attuned to the challenges of what she likes to call “the struggling and the striving.” She began her campaign last year riding in a van to Iowa from New York and spent much of last summer hosting round-table discussions with a handful of what her campaign called “everyday Americans” in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Yet some of the closest relationships Mrs. Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, have are with their longstanding contributors. If she feels most at ease around millionaires, within the gilded bubble, it is in part because they are some of her most intimate friends.

“It’s like going to a wedding or a bar mitzvah — you catch up,” explained Mitchell Berger, a Democratic donor in Florida, about the familial nature of the events. Mr. Berger would know: He has been raising money for the Clintons since he held a fund-raiser in his Fort Lauderdale office for Mr. Clinton the day after he announced his candidacy in 1991.

Mr. Berger, who joined Mrs. Clinton last month at a donor event in Miami Beach, said many of the individual conversations before and after she speaks at the gatherings are centered more on grandchildren than weighty policy matters. But when she has had a give-and-take this summer about issues, Mrs. Clinton, who has promised to “reshuffle the deck” in favor of the middle class and portrayed Mr. Trump as an out-of-touch billionaire, has almost exclusively been fielding the concerns of the wealthiest Americans.

To businessmen who complain to Mrs. Clinton that President Obama has been unfriendly to their interests, she says she would approach business leaders more like Mr. Clinton did during his administration, which was widely considered amicable to the private sector.

When financiers complain about the regulations implemented by the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul, Mrs. Clinton reaffirms her support for strong Wall Street regulation, but adds that she is open to listening to anyone’s ideas and at times notes that she represented the banking industry as a senator.

The wealthy contributors who host Mrs. Clinton often complain about her opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership and express concerns that Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont pushed her to the left on trade and other issues. Mrs. Clinton reminds them she has both opposed and supported trade deals in the past.

And, as she noted at an event last month on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, Mrs. Clinton points out that she worked cooperatively with Republicans when she served in the Senate and would do so as president.

“I’d say the major themes are small business, regulation and getting people back to work,” said Alan Patricof, a financier and longtime donor to Mrs. Clinton.

The campaign’s finance team is led by Dennis Cheng, previously the chief fund-raiser for the Clinton Foundation, and it employs a couple dozen staff members. Mr. Cheng, who attends the events with Mrs. Clinton, offers donors a number of contribution options that provide them and their families varying levels of access to Mrs. Clinton. John Morgan, a Florida lawyer and donor, described Mr. Cheng as “the master concierge.”

For a donation of $2,700, the children (under 16) of donors at an event last month at the Sag Harbor, N.Y., estate of the hedge fund magnate Adam Sender could ask Mrs. Clinton a question. A family photo with Mrs. Clinton cost $10,000, according to attendees.

And when Mrs. Clinton attended a dinner at the Beverly Hills home of the entertainment executive Haim Saban last month, the invitation was very clear. If attendees wanted to dine and receive a photo with Mrs. Clinton they had to pay their own way: “Write not raise” $100,000.

Another advantage to choosing private fund-raisers over town halls or other public events is that Mrs. Clinton can bask in an affectionate embrace as hosts try to limit confrontational engagements.

Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a backer of Democrats and a friend of the Clintons’, made sure attendees did not grill Mrs. Clinton at the $100,000-per-couple lamb dinner Mrs. Forester de Rothschild hosted under a tent on the lawn of her oceanfront Martha’s Vineyard mansion.

“I said, ‘Let’s make it a nice night for her and show her our love,’” Mrs. Forester de Rothschild said.

Cash-seeking candidates from both parties often rely on August to reach vacationing donors who open their wallets, and their palatial homes. In 2012, the Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, brought in close to $4 million over a single weekend from events in the Hamptons. And Mr. Trump, while netting $64 million through online and direct-mail fund-raising in July, also made the trek this summer to the eastern end of Long Island to raise cash.

But Mr. and Mrs. Clinton have occupied a particular place in the social fabric of the enclave. Over the past several summers, they have spent the last two weeks of August in a rented 12,000-square-foot home with a heated pool in East Hampton and in a six-bedroom mansion with a private path to the beach in Sagaponack. This year, the former first couple stayed in the guesthouse of Steven Spielberg’s East Hampton compound built on nine acres overlooking Georgica and Lily Ponds.

Mr. Trump’s candidacy has allowed Mrs. Clinton to reach out to a new set of donors in the area who typically give to Republicans but dislike the current nominee. (Mr. Trump feels more at home at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., than in the Hamptons, where the exclusive Maidstone Club once denied him a full-time membership, according to The New York Post.)

“The Hamptons is full of powerful, wealthy people who are bored and go to constant social events to see who else got invited and to show your status,” said Ken Sunshine, a veteran Democratic activist and public relations executive with a home in Remsenburg, N.Y. “This year,” he added, “going to a Clinton event is at the very top of the list.”
 

Freya H (345)
Monday September 5, 2016, 2:36 pm
I don't trust Hillary, not very far. Unfortunately she is the only thing standing between Trump(ed up) and the Oval Office. Do I hold my nose and vote for Ms. Ambition, or say [bleep] it and vote for an alternate candidate? I might vote for Stein though I disagree with her on autism (I am autistic) and vaccinations.
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Monday September 5, 2016, 2:46 pm
Shared over social media to spread awareness.

If people WOKE UP, realized what was happening, and voted for Dr. Jill Stein, you would have a completely different outcome at the election. Fear of voting for A.N. Other displacing either Clinton in favor of Trump or Trump in favor of Clinton, demonstrates an apathetic view of how the electoral process runs, although given the utter circus dross you've had to endure these last few years, I can understand.
 

Animae C (508)
Monday September 5, 2016, 3:18 pm
Hasn't really been on my list of things to be concerned about : ))))

TY Dande
 

Sheryl G (359)
Monday September 5, 2016, 7:51 pm
Freya go to Jill Stein's website and read about vaccinations if that is what you are referring to. There is a rumor going on about her surrounding that.

 

Sheryl G (359)
Monday September 5, 2016, 7:53 pm
Taken out of the article:

To businessmen who complain to Mrs. Clinton that President Obama has been unfriendly to their interests, she says she would approach business leaders more like Mr. Clinton did during his administration, which was widely considered amicable to the private sector.

My comment - oh brother just what we need to be more like Mr Clinton

who gave us NAFTA
removed Glass-Steagall

among other policies that hurt the working class.
 

Sheryl G (359)
Monday September 5, 2016, 7:54 pm
From the article:

When financiers complain about the regulations implemented by the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul, Mrs. Clinton reaffirms her support for strong Wall Street regulation, but adds that she is open to listening to anyone’s ideas and at times notes that she represented the banking industry as a senator.

My comment - she sure did - REMEMBER THAT PEOPLE
 

Sheryl G (359)
Monday September 5, 2016, 7:58 pm
From the article:

The wealthy contributors who host Mrs. Clinton often complain about her opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership and express concerns that Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont pushed her to the left on trade and other issues. Mrs. Clinton reminds them she has both opposed and supported trade deals in the past.

*****Yes, she'll play both sides of the fence on this one - the wink wink I'm with you to the MONEY and to get votes - she'll be with them.

But as the Chamber of Commerce Lobbyist Tom Donohue said Clinton Will Support TPP After The Election
 

Sheryl G (359)
Monday September 5, 2016, 8:01 pm
From within the article:

as she noted at an event last month on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, Mrs. Clinton points out that she worked cooperatively with Republicans when she served in the Senate and would do so as president.

My comment: And that is why the neocon Republicans and some other high profile Republicans do not at all mind going over to her - she is one of them. The wolf in sheep clothing.
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Tuesday September 6, 2016, 1:58 am
TPP: No To Post-Election "Etch-a-Sketch"
There are currently 6,659 signatures. NEW goal - We need 7,500 signatures!

Reshared petition from your linked article, Dandelion, over social media to spread awareness.
 

margaret cochran (41)
Tuesday September 6, 2016, 1:12 pm
noted
 

margaret cochran (41)
Tuesday September 6, 2016, 1:15 pm
noted
 

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday September 6, 2016, 1:28 pm
Mrs. Clinton and her Illuminati friends! I wonder if all the money goes into her Clinton Foundation.
Disgusting!
 

Roger G (148)
Tuesday September 6, 2016, 2:33 pm
well we all know that the bankers' pawn is NOT working for the poorer part of the nation LOL
 

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday September 6, 2016, 4:22 pm
Noted. Thanks, Dandelion.
Pandering today; granting favors tomorrow. Can't vote for Clinton. Voting for Dr. Stein. Petition in Darren's comment signed.
 

Margarita R (24)
Tuesday September 6, 2016, 4:40 pm
Dandelion I can not vote, but looking from the outside and Sanders is not disponible anymore, to have a woman as president is a big step like were Mr. Obama 8 years ago. If you do not want Trump you have
Clinton and maybe there is no point to look into her past with all the failure and not in the future with hope.
That she keeps with rich people is normal, everybody does this, among its peers you feel comfortable and safe ( this is just my opinion as a foreigner)
 

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday September 6, 2016, 5:24 pm
There is another women running for President, her name is Dr. Jill Stein of the Green Party. A much more of an honorable woman. However the Corporate owned TV and media locks her out of getting much coverage and the two Corporate OWNED Republican and Democrat Parties have locked her out of debates. Even the League of Women Voters, who use to run our elections for years no longer do so because they would not be part of the fraud that the Republican and Democratic Party set up.

I know you most likely are unaware that there is another woman running but don't feel bad a lot of the people who can vote for her most likely will not know until the step inside the voting booth and see her name and wonder who is this other woman.

It is sad, it is frustrating, it is undemocratic, but frankly as an American who is sick and tired of being sick and tired I'm not going to be led by the nose. I'm trying to expose both the Corporate Owned Candidates and bring forth the information on the people who truly are running FOR THE PEOPLE and doing it without taking Corporate money.
 

Walter F (129)
Tuesday September 6, 2016, 5:59 pm
Thanks Sheryl I note you have other candidates beside a woman with questionable integrity and a man with questionable sanity.We need to know a lot more about them and they need a lot more publicity.If the only choice I had was to vote for either the unworthy one or the unstable one I would have to vote informal as a protest.
 

Mandi T (366)
Tuesday September 6, 2016, 6:18 pm
Noted ty Sheryl
 

Rose Becke (141)
Tuesday September 6, 2016, 7:13 pm
What can I say about Clinton ?
 

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday September 6, 2016, 7:41 pm
Nice way to put it Walter the unworthy one or the unstable one.....got that.

Vote for Dr. Jill Stein of the Green Party; she is both worthy and stable.
 

Raleighaway k (355)
Tuesday September 6, 2016, 10:03 pm
NOTED
 

Siddharth Bargate (0)
Tuesday September 6, 2016, 10:30 pm
Tyfs
 

Colleen L (3)
Tuesday September 6, 2016, 11:51 pm
Thanks Dandelion
 

Arild Gone for now (174)
Wednesday September 7, 2016, 3:09 am
"Mrs. Clinton raised about $143 million in August, the campaign’s best month yet. At a single event on Tuesday in Sagaponack, N.Y., 10 people paid at least $250,000 to meet her, raising $2.5 million."

That's where she's been. (It's all 'bout the money).
 

Janet B (0)
Wednesday September 7, 2016, 3:01 pm
Thanks
 

Eternal Gardener (736)
Wednesday September 7, 2016, 3:47 pm
Big sigh, Bernie should've taken on Jill Stein's invitation!!!
 

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday September 7, 2016, 7:13 pm
And she has a nice new airplane to get around in now.
 

Jill P (64)
Wednesday September 7, 2016, 7:13 pm
MASS CALLING TO NBC TO OPEN THE DEBATES AND INCLUDE JILL STEIN!

URGENT CALL TO ACTION!

Call NBC in NY @ (212) 664-4444.
Whomever you support the people have a right and the media an obligation to let us hear from all four candidates.
 

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday September 7, 2016, 7:46 pm
I agree thanks for posting this information on here.
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Thursday September 8, 2016, 12:38 am
From your previous linked article, Dandelion:
TPP: No To Post-Election "Etch-a-Sketch"
There are currently 6,660 signatures. NEW goal - We need 7,500 signatures!

Reshared petition over social media to spread awareness
 

Margie FOURIE (148)
Thursday September 8, 2016, 2:18 am
Thank you
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Thursday September 8, 2016, 8:23 am
You know, Sheryl, since Bernie lost the nomination & dropped out, my interest in the campaign (& my morale) has deflated to near zero.
 

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday September 8, 2016, 12:24 pm
I understand, I'm gravely disappointed as well. I felt real hope, the wind was in my sail pushing me forward on the winds of change - and then the wind stopped blowing and I felt once more I was pushing against the raw winds of what I've been dealing with for far too many years.

The only true Progressive now that would send the clear message out to the We The People and would deal fairly with other Countries and would not be a warmonger is Dr Jill Stein of The Green Party. Bernie always knew we had a steep hill to climb, and our hill is even steeper now, but we must support Jill with all we have - because the other two Candidates are seriously flawed. I must do what I can to help her gain coverage and if we have any hope left in this Country - bring forth her great insight into the White House.
 

Janet B (0)
Thursday September 8, 2016, 12:28 pm
Thanks
 

Donna G (42)
Thursday September 8, 2016, 2:14 pm
Hillary is a member of the elite class. That is where she is most comfortable, among the rich and powerful.

It is almost impossible to go to any news site and not find articles about Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. I had been complaining about RSN, a supposedly progressive news site, not writing about Jill Stein or doing any campaign interviews with her. Finally, yesterday, RSN did publish an article which it pulled from Associated Press with the title, "I approve this message." Jill Stein faces charges for North Dakota Protest Graffiti. I think I watched a YouTube video indicating that she had been charged with vandalism. Graffiti is not vandalism. The legal definition of vandalism: The intentional and malicious destruction of or damage to the property of another. The graffiti which Ajamu and Jill painted onto the heavy earth-moving equipment did not destroy or damage the machines.

I will vote for the woman I want to be President.
 

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday September 8, 2016, 5:09 pm
I stopped reading RSN because of that fact, they were not covering her. So they took the one story, that had a bit of controversy to it and that of all the articles about her, is what they chose to use.

Well look at what Hillary and Trump have done and neither of them have been charged with anything.

Also I don't know why it's okay to destroy the graves of some people and not of others. How would people feel if this Company wanted to place a pipeline through Arlington Cemetery? Just because Native people in the past didn't place large stone grave markers, these graves still exist. The families "know" where they are it is passed down through the generations. They just choose to keep the land natural so the grass can grow the animals can roam.

Why didn't anyone get arrested for pitting dogs onto people who had done nothing wrong? Dogs that bit people.

Why is it worse in people's minds that someone painted a machine that can be cleaned but messing up the water so it is no longer drinkable is okay? People really have their priorities messed up - I think Dr. Jill Stein is very CLEAR in where she stands.
 

Donna G (42)
Thursday September 8, 2016, 6:05 pm
Dandelion, I still read RSN; mostly for the comments. There are a lot of Jill supporters; and, then there are the Hillary supporters who accuse us of being Hillary haters and because we hate Hillary, we must be Trump supporters. The comments to that article were mostly from pro-Jill RSN readers. I really admire Jill Stein for doing what she and Ajamu Baraka did. This afternoon, I got an email from Jill's campaign team asking me to donate to their legal defense for these trumped up charges. A good lawyer will be able to get the charges dismissed.

Between the videos that I saw on TYT Politics and Democracy Now, I know that the evidence exists that those private security guards were intentionally allowing the dogs to attack people, even though the dogs stayed on leash. These handlers should be arrested for assault with deadly weapons. If those dogs were trained, their handlers did not have the dogs under control. I saw evidence of the bite wounds. Jill Stein should not have been charged with anything.
 

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday September 8, 2016, 6:28 pm
Well true, one can view the comments, which is good to see which way the wind is blowing so to speak. That is the crap one is seeing everywhere, that if you don't support Hillary you are either a Trump supporter or we will be the reason Hillary will lose to Trump. Is how they do it, not that Hillary is a terribly flawed candidate that the DNC chose to support over a man of high integrity that could of mopped Trump up.

But the Democrats picked Hillary to the point of even rigging the system in every way they could think of so now they must live with her - as we certainly can choose not to.

There is a video, believe it was on the Democracy Now article that I placed on where one dog got loose it is where people got bit as well as a horse was attacked by the dog. You can see the handler finally getting the dog and carrying the dog back to the staging area. The woman handler actually can be seen walking towards the people as she was trying to get the dog to move in on the people, but the dog wouldn't move and she is seen pushing the dog into the people.
 

Anne Haarhoff (52)
Friday September 9, 2016, 1:46 am
Very interesting reading, thanks, Dandelion.
 

Margie FOURIE (148)
Friday September 9, 2016, 1:49 am
Thank you
 

Margie FOURIE (148)
Saturday September 10, 2016, 1:44 am
Thank you
 
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