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. RICARDO PHILLIPS OF D.C

    THIS NO GOOD BASTARD HAS THE RIGHT TO TRY AND BUY VOTES. HE SHOULD BE PLACED UNDER INVESTIGATION BY THE DNC. HE PRETTY MUCH GOING AGAINST ALL U.S GOVERNMENT POLICY OF BRIBERY. WHATS NEXT YOU GONNA PAY AND PUT A HIT OUT ON SOMEONE.\

    SAD DAY FO AMERICA

    May 8, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  2. Factsnotcandy

    So it is just fine for Obama to buy his candidacy through candy coated promises while fair voting can be called into question? Just what has Senator Obama done that makes people think he actually has any willingness to do anything other than act the way he has? I still am waiting for an answer on any issue you can go to the bank with but instead he spews out all this stuff in such a way he can't be held accountable for anything he says or claims to believe in. A typical lawyer.

    May 8, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  3. Glenn

    Hillary and her campaign have become sleaze balls!

    May 8, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  4. TC

    Pathetic.

    May 8, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  5. Stacy Clarks

    IM SO DISSAPPOINTED!!!

    this does not even make me angry, just sad....we are the party, of unity, peace, prosperity, and this is what the Clintons are bringing it down to?

    I AM SAD!!!

    May 8, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  6. S.

    Umm Frank – you need to learn to read and spell – seriously. That gibberish you posted made no sense what so ever. smh

    May 8, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. Tobias

    The votes in Florida and Michigan need to be counted. We will lose these states if Obama is the nominee and if the votes are not counted. He has infuriated his supporters there for saying no to the revote and unless the delegates are seated they will go Republican in the fall. I am a life long Democrat and I will leave the party if this is not resolved.

    May 8, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. honkey white guy from cali

    "People should vote for whom they want"

    Get a grip on reality! This fat ugly rich white guy is not funding anything he is small time loser! The people and other respectful well off people have been supporting this party for many years! He should be put on trial for even suggesting such a thing! I hope Sen Pelosi smashes him like a bug! She should hold a press conference and invite him to join the GOP if he does not like democracy or he wants to control things through fear! Horrible and the only people you see posting in her supporting him are very overtly racist saying as much in there comments we all knew race would play a role in this but it will not be a major role.

    Go Obama 08 Yes We Can

    May 8, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  9. Addis - observer

    Is that how American Politics works??? I am amazed !! ...

    May 8, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  10. Scott - GA.

    the people did vote for who they wanted, their were other local candidates on the FL. ballot and a new tax law or something. However a majority of people in Mich. and FL. did not vote because they KNEW their votes would not count. Grown ups please act like grown-ups and play by the rules what's so hard about that? When she was inevitable and agreed to Mich. and FL. not be seated you didn't hear a word about those two states and believe me Hillary don't give a hoot about Fl. and Mi. until she needed them.

    May 8, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  11. Another Power Play Over Democracy

    Well here comes the strong arm theory since the kitchen sink didn't work so well. If Hillary couldn't buy the American vote for $30 does this guy think he can buy the Super Delegates and the Democratic Party's vote?

    Stand firm Nancy like you did earlier this year. You know we are behind you on this AND we know it is going to get very ugly. That's why Super Delegates are afraid to speak out. Can you imagine what a strangle hold she would have on this country if she actually got into office?

    America IS NOT FOR SALE Hillary.

    May 8, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  12. Dal

    Clintons are good at making excuses and doing wrong things. This is a racist way to get rid of OBAMA, who has played fair and square. Has not really attacked Hillary on a lot of her bad dealings in the past. Lets look at whitewater and others as well look at the lies she has spoken in the primaries.
    Hillary with this being the last straw you have eliminated yourself from the VP position. OBAMA please choose EDWARDS he is a better person than Hillary Clinton.

    May 8, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. America White

    Harvey,

    You are wasting your time and money, I thought you were a better business man than that. YOUR candidate will NOT win. She is unelectable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 8, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  14. Rich

    Great, now it's blackmail by a friend.

    Perhaps this is something that Hillary needs to denounce and repudiate.

    May 8, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  15. daniel in ATL

    No worry- the check Clinton would have written for this would have bounced anyway.

    May 8, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  16. Paul, Charlotte NC

    Just make movies, Harvey.

    May 8, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  17. LisaSF

    It is worth noting that, under McCain Feingold, the total someone can give the DCCC and Congressional canidates combined is less than $100,000 every two years. That is a lot of money to me, but not to a prolific fundraiser like Pelosi. Weinstien reminds me of Dr. Evil demanding $1 million dollars. But in this case, his threat carries even less weight. What a joke.

    May 8, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  18. Jennifer Ostrom

    I am beyond disgusted!!! How dare he try and buy this election!!!
    This is how Bush stole the election...VERY PATHETIC!!!
    You go Obama. You need to step up and go after these crooks!!

    May 8, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  19. Dutch

    I hope that the DNC will stand up to this JERK and show him that his money can't buy them!!!!!!!! Another "cry baby" who can't accept defeat.

    GO OBAMA

    May 8, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  20. An American in Canada

    IT IS TOO BAD YOU DID NOT PRESSURE NANCY PELOSI TO LEAVE OFFICE...

    DO NOT FORGET TO TELL MRS. PELOSI, THAT GARLIC NOSE, THAT OVER 90% OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS ARE FOR BARACK AND
    OVER 60% OF WHITE AMERICANS ARE FOR CLINTON PLUS ABOUT 75% OF LATINOS ARE FOR CLINTONS AND 69% OF ASIANS ARE FOR CLINTON....

    May 8, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  21. Ratgurl

    Disgusting! People with money who then want power…. all the more reason to vote for Obama.

    Pelosi should tell him to take his funds & stick 'em! With Obama running, the power is in the hands of the American people.

    May 8, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  22. Todd

    Another Clinton attempt to cheat or bend/break the rules.

    But what are rules to the Clintons? Marriage vows are not sacred, lying under oath is not sacred, cattle futures, land deals...

    For them it has always been win by any means.

    May 8, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  23. Marc in Quebec

    Another example of the "me"-centric universe in which Clinton and her supporters live.

    Cut off the funding. Do whatever you want. She won't win and you are handing the presidency to McCain.

    Congratulations Weinstein, you are obviously a closet Republican.

    May 8, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  24. Melissa

    Wow, this belongs on the front page.

    May 8, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  25. Frank

    So Pelosi wants superdelegates to pick the candidate that's leading the pledged delegate count. God, how unreasonable!

    May 8, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
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