Hillary Collects $5M at Fundraiser Hosted by Haim Saban
Democratic megadonor Haim Saban and his wife Cheryl helped raise some hard cash for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign at a Monday evening fundraiser at their Beverly Park home.
According to CNN, the Clinton campaign raised $5 million at the event, and another $1.3 million at an earlier event hosted by Magic Johnson, and is expected to raise more on her two-day West Coast fundraising swing.
Clinton spoke in great detail about issues like manufacturing, infrastructure, and education in a Q&A format, Variety reported, based on accounts from some unnamed attendees. The Democratic nominee also reportedly defended the work of the Clinton Foundation, which has been the source of controversy in recent days.
Outside the event, a couple dozen pro-Palestinians protesters activists protested Clinton and Saban, warning attendees of their “staunch opposition to Palestinian human rights.”
The Sabans have already contributed close to $10 million for Super PACs supporting Clinton’s candidacy.
Saban is very close to the Clintons and recently boasted about the frank advice he constantly offers to the Democratic nominee. “I told her, ‘Don’t shout. Why are you shouting all the time? It’s drilling a hole in my head,'” Saban said in an interview with Israel’s Channel 10 during the Democratic National Convention in July.
Last year, Clinton expressed her “alarm” over the BDS movement’s efforts attempting to “punish Israel and dictate how the Israelis and Palestinians should resolve the core issues of their conflict” in a personal letter to Saban.
Meanwhile, Republican megadonor Sheldon Adelson has yet to help his party’s presidential nominee and follow up with his initial pledge to form a super PAC with at least $100 million in funds, according to recent FEC filing reports. Donald Trump’s tumultuous post-convention stretch revived concerns, a Republican with knowledge of Adelson’s political activity told NBC News.
Adelson has also yet to give significant funds to the Republican National Committee or any down-ballot initiatives. His only contribution in 2016 was $5,400 to Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley’s re-election campaign, according to ABC News. His last donation to the Republican National Committee was Dec. 31, 2015, when he and his wife each gave $33,400.