May 8th, 2008
10:45 AM ET
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Sources: Clinton supporter pressures Pelosi

 Sources say Harvey Weinstein threatened to cut contributions to congressional Democrats.
Sources say Harvey Weinstein threatened to cut contributions to congressional Democrats.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Hillary Clinton supporter Harvey Weinstein threatened to cut off contributions to congressional Democrats unless House Speaker Nancy Pelosi embraced his plan to finance revotes in Florida and Michigan, three officials familiar with their conversation said.

Weinstein and Pelosi talked on the phone late last month, the sources said.

The three officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk publicly about the conversation.

They said Weinstein, a top supporter of Clinton's presidential campaign, appeared determined to buy Clinton more time in her battle against Sen. Barack Obama by pushing for the revote. He was also pressing Pelosi to back off her previous comments that superdelegates should support the candidate who's leading in pledged delegates in early June, the sources said.

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  1. Jokester

    Both candidates support leaving FL and MI out because of rules violations, and now that Billary DESPIRATELY NEEDS votes to make her campaign have a legitimate shot at getting to the General election, they are all the sudden for it.
    where I come from, if you break a rule, you pay for it. They broke the rules, they SHOULD pay for it.

    May 8, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  2. Ray

    Another reason why America hates Washington...

    May 8, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. Irene Brown

    It is completey un fare not to count delegates from Florida & Michigan. Florida could not hold an elction on time due to the Republicans. There are 50 states in this country. We all pay taxes, we all should be counted. On the Novemeber election we need a democratic Nomineee to beat Mc'cain. We will not go to vote on Novemeber if the delegates from Florida & Michigan are not counted now.

    Bishal, Irene, Christine, Dawn, Kyle, Lynn, Dale, Sam, Corey, Mommy Norma, Rene, Anthony, Zackarre & Adam from Florida

    May 8, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. Paul

    Last time I checked...OBAMA has raised more money from the PEOPLE the this selfish IDIOT has....KEEP YOUR MONEY.

    May 8, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. Tammy

    You guys have no idea how people in Michigan and Florida are feeling. We want our voices to be heard just like the rest of the 48-states. Our American flag has 50 stars, NOT 48, I hope the Obama campaign would agree with the Re-vote proposal presented previously by both the DNC and the Clinton campaign. What's Obama afraid of? We just cannot disrefranchise millions in these two states. And remember, it was Obama's choice to take his name off the ballot in Michigan to appease Iowa so he could win Iowa.

    May 8, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  6. Craig- Easton, PA

    Harvey sounds like a special interest who thinks he has purchased himself a Congress. Part of Washington as usual that needs to go.

    May 8, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. Bring Unity not Divide and Conquer

    OH LOOK another uneducated white voter for hillary.

    frank May 8th, 2008 12:19 pm ET

    why this barack hossein osama doesn't get out this race and lets Hillary Clinton handles the whole thing thru novmber, I am sick and tired of this non sense guy with his conterversial pastor who has no recpect and sympathy for american people this is America for god sake not Africa and please call yourself black american not afro americal or else get the hell out of here and go back to where you belong……………….

    May 8, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  8. Danielle

    That is POWER POWER POWER. but won't work I hope..

    May 8, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  9. cry baby

    Another elitist liberal trying to wield power through their checkbook.

    tsk tsk

    May 8, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  10. Cheryl L. Swaim

    What do you suppose Teddy Kennedy, John Kerry, Tom Daschle, Bill Richardson, etc. have been up to lately? How many votes do you think their pressure has won for Obama? This is more hypocritical, prejudiced crap. You Obama supporters are sick, and you make me sick.

    May 8, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  11. Cali

    Good for us Harvey, don't let Pelosi nor Feinstein jump ship.

    California voted for Hillary.

    May 8, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  12. Tammy

    You guys have no idea how people in Michigan and Florida are feeling. We want our voices to be heard just like the rest of the 48-states. Our American flag has 50 stars, NOT 48, I hope the Obama campaign would finally agree with the Re-vote proposal presented previously by both the DNC and the Clinton campaign. And remember, it was Obama's choice to take his name off the ballot in Michigan to appease Iowa so he could win Iowa.

    May 8, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  13. Haas

    This guy should not be allowed any where near Washington. These are exactly the kind of people Obama wants to take out of the equation. I hope MoveOn.org's support can continue to replace these people. Mr. Weinstein and other Clinton financiers, you don't own this country, we do! The American people.

    May 8, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  14. Bob of VT

    I wonder who put this guy up to pressuring Pelosi? (HRC tactics),

    May 8, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  15. charlie turner III

    FRANK- Your comments exemplify everything that is wrong with America.
    You are an ignorant racist fool and THANKFULLY part of a breed or should I say inbreed that is rapidly going extinct but just not fast enough.
    Why don't you try for your G.E.D and then maybe some community college it would sure help your grammar and spelling.

    May 8, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  16. Rick

    Excuse me, but his threat is considered political terrorism, I say jail him under the home security act.

    May 8, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  17. Traci Claywell

    Maybe we should boycott his movies...

    May 8, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  18. Vince - Phoenix

    STRONG ARMING the Speaker of the House.....

    how REPUBLICAN....

    THE TACTICS JUST PLAIN STINK !

    GET THE HELL OVER IT... HILLARY SIGNED A DOCUMENT...

    YOU BEST BELIEVE, IT THE ROLES WERE REVERSED SHE WOULD BE SCREAMING BLOODY MURDER ABOUT CHANGING THE RULES, MOVING GOALSPOSTS, and EVER-EVOLVING MATH !

    May 8, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  19. Mary

    On FL & MI…..yes the delegates will be included but RULES are RULES. Both sides agreed to the rules BEFOREHAND. Right? So the only fair way is to split the delegates 50-50.

    And whatever Hillary says about disenfranchising the voters as the real reason she is picking on this is a joke. We all know this only has to do with her trying to win. Do I have any proof? YES! Hillary has said on more than one occasion that its ok to ask the PLEDGED Delegates to switch to her side. So there goes this disenfranchising the voters theory. Its just more SNIPER FIRE headed your way by Hillary.

    May 8, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  20. Terry H

    Good for him!There are people in the DNC who can't stand the thought of a woman president and have been pushing hard for her to quit. It's about time someone pushed back! I have NEVER in 45 years donated to a candidate until now and I have donated 4 times to Hillary. When I get my stimulus checkm I will donate more because there is NOTHING in this world more important than putting someone in the white House who can help us little people. If she is railroaded out of this thing, then i will switch to republican and support them financially as well because i believe with all of my heart that Obam is destroying this party and will destroy this country if allowed anywhere near our oval office. Of course this won;t get posted because CNN hates Hillary supporters but America neeeds to open her eyes!

    May 8, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  21. Seattle's for Obama

    Do American's really want Hollywood dictating who the next president is going to be? I can't believe what is going on. If Hillary were to steal the nomination the Republicans would be able to hold this over her head all the way to November.

    NOTE TO HOLLYWOOD: THE WHITE HOUSE IS NOT FOR SALE!!!!

    May 8, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  22. Thomas Baker

    Harvey is a joke. His obnoxious behavior is why Tarrantino movies no longer get nominated for oscars. Holliwood can't stand him and his bullying.

    This could backfire on the DNC if Pelosi backs down to Harvey. Or it could be used as a catalyst to get the rest of Holliwood to contribute to drown Harvey out.

    May 8, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  23. Adam

    I can see the comment section is over run by Obama nut heads and us Hillary supporters cant get our comments posted.

    so I will try again…

    Oh..I get it..Its OK for Obama to say African Americans are voting for him and will not vote for her, but Hillary cant say Whites are voting for her? WHAT???

    May 8, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  24. HPE

    That's interesting, but she did change her tune yesterday.

    May 8, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  25. Xavier, St. Louis, MO

    This is ridicules! This is typical of how Washington and the Clintons have worked in the past. Stiff-arming the people to get their way should not be allowed. Pelosi should be firm and tell him that, “the Democratic Party don’t need your money and we will follow the rules of the DNC!”

    May 8, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
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