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. Scott - GA.

    Dont worry MI. and FL. your delegate will be seated accordingly, but if you think they are going to simply count the way they were original casted then you are mistaken. No way is Hillary going to get all those delegates with her deceptive azzz!!
    out of about 6 or 7 other candidates that agreed to the rules, how come she was the only one on the Mich. ballot, this fact speaks volumes of her intergrity and honesty, she did a low ball sneak move and put her name on that ballot, not surprised though, can't expect the Clintons to play by the rules, look at what she and her coherts are trying now...

    Oh Oh, Hillary got heckled yesterday in WV when she tried to continue the fake gas tax crap again, WV can see right thru the pandering just like IN. and NC.and at the Washington Fund Raiser she got heckled by someone with a banner saying "Obliterate Iran- apologize"....This woman is dangerous, PERIOD>

    May 8, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  2. Sean

    frank: Could you repost your comment in English? It would be much easier for people to understand you if your comment made at least some level of sense. I'm guessing a Clinton supporter? White, uneducated, and clueless?

    May 8, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  3. Robert NYC & Miami

    Wonderful!

    I have started a campaign against Obama in Florida. I am pressing my relatives not to vote.

    Screw Obama one vote at a time.

    May 8, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  4. WH

    So from the comments I have seen.......he is wrong for putting pressure with his money to have the votes count and that is wrong. People threatening to have riots and violence in the streets if Obama isn't the nominee is right? Oh and let me add.....everyone that doesn't want to vote for Obama is racist. Does that sum it up?

    May 8, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  5. Grandma

    THats soo disgusting and wrong....... its dispicable....... a true testament to the clinton campaign!

    Now for Obama '08

    May 8, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  6. Nina

    Boycott Miramax and Project Runway!

    Who does he think he is? This is the United States of America. A democracy, where the people's voice is what matters. Harvey... It's time to move to Russia where the politicians are bought and sold.

    May 8, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. MS in SC

    If a re-vote will give those voters a legal vote, the sooner it is done,the better!

    May 8, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  8. Gerald London, UK

    Hillary's supporters are just like her. They use blackmails, tricks and gimmicks. They are shameless.

    Birds of the same feather flock together.

    May 8, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  9. Matt - MN Obama Supporter

    I think this is just Sad on so many levels. I hope it's true that Pelosi told Weinstein "Don't ever threaten me again". This is the kind of thing Obama is trying to change (and that the McCain of 2000 was as well before he turned into a carbon copy of George W. Bush this year). I think Obama has shown with his campaign that you don't need people like Harvey Weinstein to run an effective fund raising campaign and I have a feeling that democratic big wigs like Pelosi, Reid, and Dean understand this. Again, I think Weinstein needs to take a long look at himself and what he has done here and hopefully he will realize the error of his ways.

    Plus, I think Clinton is thinking concession right now anyways. She'll continue till the end of the Primaries, but I think in the end she will step aside and throw her support to Obama. Politically, it will gain her a lot of credit with people she has upset in the last year and a half and if that support can bring Obama the election victory in 2008, she will have rebuilt a lot of those bridges she has burned during these campaigns. She's a Clinton and now that Penn is basically out of the picture, she will do the smart thing. She ran a tough race and my hope is we can all come together in the Fall around Obama.

    May 8, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  10. susanne

    Then get out of our party.....the democratic party will not, and should not stand for this nonsense....I, for one, will contribute money just to make sure that this man has no voice....since the rules were not followed, just split the delegates fifty-fifty...PERIOD...any thing else would be UNFAIR to those of us who believe that rules govern our country and our party.

    May 8, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. Cathy-AL

    Shame on you Harvey. Instead of trying to buy Hillary the nomination send her some of your money to pay off her campaign debts so she can bow out gracefully. It's time.

    May 8, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  12. Shawn from Kansas

    Since my last comment is still hung in moderation.......summary:

    It's this kind of stuff that divides the party. Are Clinton supporters going to see this as an example of how they need to act in order to unite the party? Very poor judgement Weinstein. This effects the Dem Party as a whole since it was even considered a tactic.

    May 8, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  13. Matt Florida

    I would like to know why Hillary's fans have had nothing to say on this issue? On every other blog they post comments but this one nothing. This says quite a bit about this issue when her supporters aren't touching it.

    Everyone signed off on the rules, and the rules were known before dates were set. This was obviously done intentionally so the question shouldn't be can we get the votes counted but WHY WAS IT DONE IN THE FIRST PLACE????

    May 8, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  14. Concerned Voter

    If Obama is so strong, then why not go for this ? Hillary has way too many supporters to back down. It needs to go to the end. Also, stories about the Obama supporters and their behavior are starting to surface. This is still democracy and 16,000,000 people will not be told to "go away."

    Post this CNN. Lets see if you do.

    May 8, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  15. MM

    And if you from FL and Michigan don't go to the pools in November if your delegates are not counted now then please just keep your mouths shut for the next 4 months because you will have lost all right to complain, criticize, or suggest anything to or about the government.

    May 8, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  16. no more Hill-Billys

    you are just as stupid as the hill-billys.

    obama 08

    May 8, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  17. hmmmm......

    it's his money...he can donate it to whomever he pleases...get over it.

    May 8, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. Marlene

    Are you kidding me??? Is this guy another thug like the Clintons???? If you can't win fairly then by all means. Cheat!

    Message to Hillary- YOU DID NOT WIN MICHIGAN. YOU WERE THE ONLY ONE ON THE TICKET. IT WAS YOU OR NOBODY. AND HOW DARE YOU LET YOUR THUGS BULLY OTHER PEOPLE IN YOUR PARTY. YOU ARE A DISGRACE TO WOMEN. ALL YOU DO IS LIE, WHINE AND CHEAT.

    After all the strong armed tactics she should just be disqualified. This is a true representation of what will happen in the White House under her command. God help us all!

    May 8, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  19. Lee-Boston

    Hillary Clinton and her supporters are a mess. They are dividing this country. Hillary Clinton says white and hispanic will not vote for OBAMA but black will vote for her. She still have that slave mentality thinking white man still own black and black can't think for themselves. I am so ashame of the way she runs her campaign. She is a disgrace to this country.

    May 8, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  20. Daniel from San Diego

    I have always wondered: If Hillary had been ahead of Barack in the primaries would this race had dragged on this long? Let's not forget that Florida and Michigan fully aware of the consequences held their primaries very early. Should they be rewarded for breaking party rules? Harvey should stick to what he is go at, financing films.

    May 8, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  21. GO HARVEY GO!!!!!!!!!!!!

    MR. WEINSTEIN, THANK YOU FOR HAVING A REAL SET OF B#LLS!!!!! YOU HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO FLEX YOUR POLITICAL MUSCLE. DON'T BACK DOWN TO THE OBAMAPHILE HYPOCRITS. THEY HAVE BEEN WHINNING AND BULLYING THEIR WAY INTO WHAT THEY WANT FOR MONTHS NOW!!!!!!! IT'S TIME CLINTON SUPPORTERS STARTED FLEXING RIGHT BACK.

    May 8, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  22. Elisabeth

    Wise man!

    May 8, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  23. Ross in MD

    WHO CARES?

    All your money didn't help Clinton one bit. It is Obama's supporters with pockets wide and deep. Over 1.5 million donors strong.

    May 8, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  24. MM

    Oops, I meant the polls and I meant the next 4 years. It will be your fault that we have McCain and any economic disaster or international disaster will also rest at your door if you do not exercise your right to vote in November.

    May 8, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  25. Brian MacDougall

    Gee, Harvey, this isn't the Oscars; you can't just buy Hillary a Best Actress Oscar!

    Or can you?

    May 8, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
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