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. marie

    Wow what a style of speach... hum looks like Hillary .. no wander why he is on her side instead of the democratic party...

    May 8, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. Navy Vet.

    Man I wish I had a friend that could buy me 2 elections in 2 very expensive states and not be categorized as an elitist! I guess all "Blue collar" down to earth, whiskey drinking, gun toting, underdogs have one or 2 of those in their pocket.

    It just keeps getting funnier! Late night TV writers couldn't come up with stuff this good!

    May 8, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  3. Real Independent

    The elite are at it again... These folks are no better than the people that back Bush. She's a pawn.

    This explains the 'Oblitergate'... lol

    I can honestly say that I would never vote for this person.

    May 8, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. THINK AMERICA

    GREAT THE FAT CATS ARE TRYIN TO BUY THE NOMINATION HOW GREAT

    May 8, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  5. Johnny Be Good

    Hey Obama peeps, this would be someone the queen would have rewarded with a cabinet position. Thanks goodness she did not get the nod from us voters!!! Way to go america!!!! We do not want to queen here!!!

    May 8, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  6. D.Kimbro OHIO

    That figures, when will people wake up. This is the dirtiest family ever in politics. The Clintons should be republicans since they use all of their tactics.

    May 8, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  7. Glenn

    Weinstein is a pure sleaze ball!

    May 8, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  8. Niky

    Such a surprise that a Clinton Supporter is 'threatening' someone! Couldn't expect that... could we?

    May 8, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  9. vjh

    What a Bully ! Yep, typical Washington Politics, disgusting.

    May 8, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  10. Jay

    Blackmail for Hillary? This looks bad..

    May 8, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  11. patrick b

    And the Democrats should show some backbone and tell him to take his money elsewhere.

    May 8, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  12. Marie in California

    I'm with Harvey Weinstein on this one......100%!

    Go Hillary!

    Hillary or McCain – 2008

    May 8, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  13. Jamal

    This are the kind of people who need to be cleaned out of the white house by Obama, Lobysist

    Obama '08

    May 8, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  14. melikeyhill

    another failed attempt by hillary and her buddies to intimidate super delegates and buy the white house!!!! what a shame, super delegates ought to stop this woman and her wealthy cronies from threatning the party anymore!!!

    May 8, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  15. Anna

    These type of idots are all over the places that is why US and world has incompetent leaders.

    Vote for BARACK OBAMA.

    May 8, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  16. Sophie

    geeeeez bribery

    May 8, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  17. LoveOBAMA

    This is really getting ridiculus. Superdelegates please end this drama. It is getting worse by the day when people are trying to buy and threaten the democratic leaders. Shameful.

    May 8, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  18. Gary, Los Angeles

    Hang in there Hillary Clinton. The Democratic Party wants you to bow out of the race, and as soon as you do – they're going to count Florida and Michigan, whose numbers would have allowed you to catch up. Then, they'll look like the good guys all around.

    We're Americans Hillary. Play to the end. The Democratic Party is known for their underhandedness. That's why they lose every four years – expect when your husband was in office. I'm now an Independent because of this.

    Voice for a fairer America.

    May 8, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  19. bill from pa

    Another fat cat trying to buy Clinton the nomination. Go figure. I guess motto ought to be, 'rules are rules unless they hurt me'. Ms. Inevitable has turned ought to be Ms. Irrelevant.

    May 8, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  20. Patrick in NC

    Hillary had support by large money people she will "owe something to to when elected" Barack get small donations from average Americans.

    May 8, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  21. soy

    the voters as a whole matter and not this lunatic of a guy. The Democratic party is slowly becoming what I hate so much about the Republican party. Regardless of what happens I'm switching to independent.

    May 8, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  22. United States That Matter

    I tell you, between Hillary Clinton and her croonies, do all they know how to do is bully people?! They all are like bullies you want to take out back and just smack them with a 2X4.

    May 8, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  23. Rob-BC Canada

    So ,now that democracy doesn't work the Clinton campaign will try extortion and black mail.Sad and growing sadder by the minute.

    May 8, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  24. The ATL

    This actually explains a lot-although it is disturbing. It explains Hill's comments about crushing Iran. It also highlights how power and influence are always tied to money.

    May 8, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  25. Kevin - ID

    Supporting McCain in the national is one thing, why would Clinton supporters want to make the Democrats lose Congressional seats if Clinton doesn't get the nomination? And who thinks that intimidating Pelosi actually works?! I hope Pelosi sends him running with his tail between his legs.

    May 8, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
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