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. JN

    sorry what I meant to say is that Barack can give money to the Democratic Party..this trick by Harvey isn't going to work but nice try though!!! NOT

    May 8, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  2. Bitter Tommy Hussein in St. Louis

    Even if they get what they want, it won't help her. She's done.

    May 8, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. superdelegate

    this is getting ugly...HRC again trying to buy her vote. Give up HRC! Florida and Michigan voting early way your way of stopping Obama from his winning streak. infact you were fine with not counting them earlier. EXPOSE that CNN!! Now that you are losing they all of a sudden matter? GIVE AMERICA A BREAK

    May 8, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. USAF Sr. Airman

    Yep. Typical Clinton tactics.

    May 8, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. David from Canada

    And judging from Pelosi's comments yesterday she has succumbed to this pressure, shame on you Pelosi. It is done, Michigan and Florida were simply beauty contests.

    May 8, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. Mary in CT

    Pelosi has no inclination to be FAIR, she's more interested in PANDERING to Obama supporters

    May 8, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  7. Robert Kargbo

    I am so disturbe by Pelosi frequent comments that Obama and Hillary ticket cannot work,what is wrong on that.?Those words promote division within the party

    May 8, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  8. ELM

    I hate to say this. But the only Democrat who is capable of running a successful campaign without losing his moral principals is Obama.

    Both DNC and Clintons have made too many wrong decisions, display questionable ethics, feed us with endless spins and blame everyone else but their weaknesses.

    In all, they still continue to exhibit very poor management and leadership skills.

    May 8, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. John B. From New Hampshire

    oh the irony. who is elite again?

    May 8, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  10. Hillary be gone!

    Typical of the Clinton platform...bully, bully, bully.

    May 8, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  11. Anonymous

    America with his freedom... Who was tell me in America there is democracy ????????? Yep Democracy by Juifs

    May 8, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  12. Darryl Thompson

    This really sucks! Threats of withholding money unless the DNC and Pelosi change the democratic rules to favor Clinton is the typical approach of well funded lobbists who put their interests ahead of the American people.

    Don't do it Pelosi!!!

    May 8, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  13. Keep Your Money, Harvey!

    Harvey, keep your money! We don't need someone who thinks they can overcome all existing rules and all previous agreements by threatening the Speaker! Get lost!

    Hillary previously agreed, just like everyone else, that the primaries in Florida and Michigan were not going to count.

    Pelosi needs to show this guy the door.

    May 8, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. Billy Gibbons in Houston

    This is scary stuff.
    Rich people trying to buy the Speaker of the House of Representatives so a State vote counts?

    If true, this is a scandal of greater magnitude that even Teapot Dome. We are not talking about money to a secretary of the interior for oil lands, this is about money to subvert the 3rd in line to the Presidency about counting State votes.

    This is a HUGE SCANDAL. How dare someone even attempt this!

    May 8, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  15. JRC

    A lot of her supporters are willing to "finance" a revote, most notably Carville and Rendell. I wonder if her supporters are financing the results as well.

    If Pelosi "embraces" this now she's no better than the rest of the dirty politicians out there. It's this kind of back room politics that convinces me even more that we need a change in Washington and that change is not going to come from Clinton.

    May 8, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  16. paulie_nj

    Other states broke the rules too but were not punished: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080506104818AAkNz94&show=7

    May 8, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  17. Indy 4 Obama

    With as much cash flow that Obama will have, I don't believe your contribution will have such an influence.

    May 8, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  18. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Harvey – save your money. You'll want to donate it to the next president, Barack Obama.

    May 8, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  19. John McHenry

    The Democrats should learn that the more they try to take Obama through the trenches the more they push me as a REPUBLICAN to Vote for A Democrat this year. I'm only 37 years Old and I WISH OBAMA was a REPUBLICAN. I'm Proud to call myself OBAMACAN;
    Joh McCain is a TRUE REPULICAN but he is OLD. This is the time to turn the country to the NEW GENERATION and OBAMA represents ALL PEOPLE OF THE NEW GENERATION. PELOSI LET YOUR FAT CATS GO. YOu CAN FINANE your Party on The RULE OF LARGE NUMBERS THE WAY OBAMA HAS CONDUCTED HIS CAMPAIGN

    May 8, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  20. Dolores Viverette

    When I read things like this, I feel that the Democratic nomination is "for sale". Either Hillary will buy the nomination for herself, with her millions now and "pay herself back " when she's the President or she'll have people like Weinsein buy it for her. This corruption in the Democratic Party will cause people like me, who have never voted Republican in the past, to actually vote Republican in the Fall if the will of the people is overturned by back room politics.

    May 8, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  21. Mike

    It's expected, of Hllary's group and her contributors they are trying to pull out all of the stops...this is just palin exstortion, no matter how you spin it is what it is EXSTORTION....

    May 8, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  22. Same Sentence

    Clinton superdelegates getting Obama's autograph says something! Why is this guy pulling this stunt. I think Pelosi needs to borrow one of Hillary's soo called jewels. Hillary=Mafia

    May 8, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  23. tony

    this is a good example of who's really in charge... Clinton, and her supporters are everything that America is not about.. and now her next to last trick is out right race card. Pelosi, more than ever must now prove herself to the American people... and vote her convictions, if it is Obama, or Clinton she should do it now. Weinstein, will lose when the Clinton machine meets its timely death, it is clear that he is a great part of their machine and must be destroyed.

    May 8, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  24. bonalyonga

    If this is true, I must be very sorry for the democratic party.

    May 8, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  25. KJ

    Good for Speaker Pelosi standing her ground and principles on not letting Mr. Weinstein intimidate her with his demands. I cannot believe the arrogance of this person after reading the article.
    Can we please just put the Michigan and Florida "re-vote" behind us because both Senator Clinton and O'Bama understood the rules the DNC made months ago and the both of them agreed to it. Of course now that Senator Clinton is not going to be the nominee and she has known this for months, she wants to change the rules. I admire Politicians like Speaker Pelosi who are not influenced by a person's "status" in this country.....

    May 8, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
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