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. Barbara,

    know we know the type of corruption that is going on. He knows they will not be able to buy Sen. Obama so they want Sen. Clinton as President then you will have the same old politics in Washinton, nothing will change.

    May 8, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  2. CJ

    GOOD, they all need to back off!

    May 8, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  3. Jay

    Nope, money doesn't influence policy at all in America ... in the words of the 70's generation: tell him to take his money and shove it!

    May 8, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  4. Johnny Cadelco

    I smell corruption. Clearly Clinton can't win but then again super delegates are saying she has a chance??? Is this a democracy or dictatorship because the majority has already voted for Obama. But then again you can always take it away like Bush did to Gore ;). This is insane.

    May 8, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. Maria

    Another jerk from Clintons camp..

    May 8, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  6. Shasta

    Hopefully the DNC will stay strong and show that money can't buy votes.

    May 8, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. DELMARVA

    Mr. Weinstein, please stick to moviemaking and out of politics.

    You can try to "slow the flow of donations" to the DNC, but it won't work. If you had clout like that as Hillary's supporter, her campaign coffers would be overflowing, but they're not. You are old-school.

    Obama has no problem bankrolling his campaign with donations from the little people. When Obama is declared the nominee, the DNC will also benefit from their support.

    Turn the page.

    May 8, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  8. Out of Control

    This guy is utterly ridiculous. The entire Clinton Campaign are a bunch of losers that will do anything, even at all costs, to win. Pelosi should smash this threat, and take control of the party before things get out of hand.

    Florida and Michigan were too stupid to follow the rules. It's amazing that no one ever thought about the consequences of the rules when they were made, and agreed upon. It's only when things do not work out that people pay attention. Did Clinton, Michigan, and stupid Florida think the DNC were joking?

    May 8, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  9. WorldObserver

    About the revote thing, in fairness to all if Obama side has not weighed in their votes (where they missed out on voting), then there shall be a re-opening contest again.

    But I also agree that America shall not ignore the voices of these 2 states. After all, it is 50 not 48, made of America.

    Obama shall step out to support such move, and not keeping silent.

    A vote for change is always there. If both are genuine good leaders, their voices shall be heard.

    The world always believe Democrats hold the better masterplan for America and this world.

    Stop generating hatred by dis-engaging direct confrontation at this time. You have fought for the freedom of Iraq and Afghan. It is time to withdraw and let the present government handle it.

    We truly respect and support America for their great sacrifices.

    About the loss of war funds, I hope the World Bank can do something about it apart from Iraq oil revenues. The world has to give something back to America anyway so that their reasons are being appreciated.

    May 8, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  10. Darrell

    Florida and Michigan both have a right to revote this is America and all votes should be counted you can not have a convention with 48 states Last Time I looked we had 50 states

    May 8, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  11. CA for Obama

    And why would a rich jerk like you pay for changing rules that everybody agreed upon befor ethe game starts?, probably because it might work out for Billary's benefit, and it's probably in your interest to have her in the office so she can be your puppet, that will also mean that a rich jerk like you want to change what millions of americans voted for, to hell with democracy and welcome to a third world corruption mentality. Mr,.. Whatever, your deep pockets won't change what americans believe in, Change. Mr. Whever, Democracy doesn't need your money, it needs TRUTH, and that's what billary lacks.
    In fact, i'm going to donate $50 to Obama's campaign right.
    Obama, 08, 12

    May 8, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  12. Gerry In Toronto

    Doesn't this creep understand, it's the people that have funded the Obama campaign, millions of them.

    Obama and the democratic party no longer need to pander to creeps like this. Pelosi was right to tell this creep toa take a flying leap. No one can BUY the presidency, not even the Clinton's.

    Not this time. Not any longer.

    May 8, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  13. MoreOftenthanNot

    So its either make it so Hillary has a better chance at winning the nomination or I'm cutting you off? Hmm. It seems the will of the American people isn't a major concern but the will of Hillary's people is what matters most. I'm sure all of her deep pocket donors stand to benefit a great deal if she gets the nomination and later elected. Same old Washington politics at work.

    May 8, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  14. Donj, NJ

    More arm twisting from the Clinton camp. Too bad it's over.

    May 8, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  15. Bitter Allen Hussein, Visalia CA

    After over 16 years of the White House being in the hands of monied special interests, it is time for a change. Come on Nancy, call Billary on her extortion and tell her to pound sand.

    May 8, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  16. Lonny, Seattle

    Whats the problem with her leaning towards Obama?
    She is a super D and has the right to pick whomever she wants.

    The shame is that she has to hide her preference because of the backlash of Clintons supporters.

    That to me says the Clintons have waaay to much power that needs to be kept in check.

    May 8, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  17. Frank

    Her administration will be worse than the current. I can't believe that they are blackmailing the speaker of the house.

    May 8, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  18. Joseph

    I say to everyone out there. Howard Dean and the DNC have cheated everyone of their votes who voted for Hillary. This is not some stupid football game. By not allowing Michigan and Florida to be counted and not allowing all Americans votes to be heard they have in effect robbed you of your chance to have Hillary elected. While I can understand punishing the seating of the delegates I do not agree that the popular vote of ALL Americans should not be heard. I for one will be voting for McCain in November as a means to teach the DNC a lesson about letting every persons vote be heard. Bottom line. We all know that if Florida and Michigan were counted then the race would still be up to either candidate. I urge you to teach the DNC a lesson and vote for McCain.

    May 8, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  19. paul in memphis

    your big bucks cannot overturn the will of the people.obama raised money in 5,20 25,50 from across the nation and build a strong empire,so you as an individual cannot overturn the people's choice

    May 8, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  20. rumpusgoopus

    Meanwhile, Bill Clinton promises he will hold his breath until the superdelegates choose his wife as the nominee.

    That would explain the red face, at least...

    May 8, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  21. FEDUP

    Obama is the one who refused a re-vote. Obama wants to win at all cost to the party and the country..

    May 8, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  22. Lee WV

    So they have turned to blackmail now.What is next ?Taking family members hostage?They are working on seating the Fla and Mich delegates but the Clinton campaign demand for it to be be unfairly and in a way that only benefits her.

    May 8, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  23. Darrell

    He should pull his contrbutions I have I am from Florida and will not Contribute unless our votes are counted

    May 8, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  24. Ostriches burying our heads in the sand

    Hmmm.......bullying tactics....backroom threats....it is a great day for American democracy!

    May 8, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  25. Cant buy her time

    You see this is why we support Obama. He plays by the rules and he is whipping that behind. Hillary support are just using old political influence $$$ to buy her more time. If the Whipping was reversed they would have already thrown Obama under the Bus and backed back over him again. The Rules are the Rules beside Hillary supported the rules in the beginning.

    May 8, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
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