August 24th, 2007
09:20 AM ET
14 years ago

Hillary hubby to headline Hollywood fundraiser

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former president Bill Clinton will lend his star power at a Hollywood fundraiser next month on behalf of Sen. Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, CNN has learned.

The fundraiser will be held September 18 at the Brentwood home of David O’Connor, an executive with Creative Artists Agency (CAA), a Hollywood talent agency, and his wife Lona Williams, a movie producer and screenwriter. Also hosting the event are billionaire businessman Ron Burkle, film producers Steven Bing and Scott Budnick, and Michael Kives, an agent with CAA.

Tickets will cost $250 for a cocktail reception and $2,300 for a VIP reception, according to the invitation to the event.

In May, Bing, Budnick, Burkle and Kives hosted a “Young Hollywood” fundraiser for Sen. Clinton at the home of movie director Brett Ratner.

Filed under: Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton • Race to '08
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  1. David, Gilbert Arizona

    So, based on the previous responses, it's wonderful when Michelle Obama campaigns with her husband. When Elizabeth Edwards campaigns with her husband she is seen as a strong voice. But woe be it for Hillary to ask her husband to campaign with her. Is Barack nothing without Michelle?

    And the last time I checked the people in Hollywood enjoy the same benefits of our Constitution that everyone else has such as the right to peaceable assembly, freedom of speech, and cannot be denied the right to vote based on class, race, or gender.

    I really got a kick out of the "elite millionaire's club" and the "righteous moral compass of America" like there actually is such a thing. Is Ann Coulter a better moral compass for you? It just shows how shallow and narrow minded our voting public is.

    It's funny what gets people all riled up these days. You all keep ranting about the influence those evil liberal Hollywood types have over politics. Meanwhile the campaign fundraising bundlers, who have raise over a billion dollars for the Presidential 2008 race, will keep whispering in the ears of the candidates. You all just keep harping on Barbra Streisand. Never mind those special interest dollars funneled into a candidate's campaign by the bundlers.

    Every front runner has accepted donation from campaign bundlers but don't fret over that, just keep your eye on the hand reaching out to Hollywood. You won't notice the other hand behind the candidate's back filling up with bundler dollars.

    Yep, I'm scared too over the infuence Hollywood has...

    August 24, 2007 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  2. Meron, st. paul, mn

    Yes, Money is important factor but only money can not convince voters mind.. a candidate with a plan to lead this nation to peace, respect among other nations and prespourity with in middle class is the key, like Barack Obama. so far I have seen it in her!!!

    August 24, 2007 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. Pat, Huntington Station, NY

    I don't see what the big deal is...both parties have their predictable and reliable campaign fund sources. For the Dems, its hollywood elite. For the Republicans, its sex scandaled evangelicals and rednecked gun lovers.

    August 24, 2007 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  4. Myron, Honolulu, HI

    Bill has too many negatives to be elected President

    August 24, 2007 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  5. Maurice, Washington, DC

    It really bothers me why people hate the Clintons so much and especially Hillary. People are threatened with a woman who has ambition and shows strength. Men have done the job for a while now and haven't done quite a great job. It's about time women get a chance at doing the job. I am a man and a woman in power doesn't scare me. Everyone is getting support from Hollywood so don't point fingers at Hillary. Obama is getting a party at Oprah's residence. You need money to run a campaign.

    August 24, 2007 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. Bob, Long Beach, CA

    She has already taken money from people of questionable character so of course she has no problems with taking money from the nut jobs in Hollywood. As long as they are paying she doesn't care about their views one way or the other.

    August 24, 2007 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  7. Rick, Chicago Illinois

    Sven, NY NY ...

    AWWWWW! .. Looks like somebody's mad they weren't invited!

    Cry LOUDER and maybe they'll add your name to the guest list.

    August 24, 2007 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. Rick, Chicago Illionis

    Susan ... "the righteous moral compass of America"?

    Wouldn't you be referring to the Republican party as a whole, since it's THEIR platform – even though they got OWNED on Nov 7th of last year largely due to a plethora of IMMORAL scandals?

    I think you would!

    Looking at your flip-flopping, pro-life, divorced presidential candidates ... maybe the repubs should change their party platform to hypocrisy and their mascot to the irrelephant?

    August 24, 2007 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  9. Rick, Chicago Illinois

    RIghtyTighty ... at least Bill Clinton TRIED to get Osama before 911 happened via missiles sent into Afghanistan. You republicans actually COMPLAINED about it (after you guys first CUT Clinton's anti-terrorism measures of course.)

    Now I'll refresh your memory as to what Dubya did before 911.

    1) He gave 43 million to the Taliban (the guys who harbored the people who attacked us on 911) which made the US govt the largest financial supporter of the Taliban IN THE WORLD in 2001.

    2) Then he WENT ON VACATION!

    This was after Ronnie ("ketchup is a vegetable") Reagan TRAINED those Al Queada "freedom fighters" while he was president and had Rumsfeld shaking Saddam's hand – the same Saddam we supported financially and MILITARILY with weapons we KNEW he we killing his own people with.

    Yep ... blame Clinton for 911 and this war on "terra". It was all HIS administration's policies! Previous Republican administrations had NOTHING to do with it. LOL

    Please try harder with your next post.

    August 24, 2007 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. Mrs. America

    I fully support Bill's support of Hillary's campaign. Since she started running, however, I have not been contributing as much as before to the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation. I realize his Foundation work continues even when he's on the road supporting Sen. Clinton, but I don't feel quite so generous to give 100% of what I used to when he is dividing his efforts between his Foundation and Mrs. Clinton's campaign. It's just a personal feeling and choice.

    August 24, 2007 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  11. Robert M. Reidy, Tillson, N.Y.

    I must admit Bill is a star but Barak
    Obama is the rocking superstar, raising
    even more money than Bill. Oh, yea! sorry I forgot to mention Hillary but then what would she really be without Bill (Elvis) Clinton.

    A NEW STAR is born!

    BaROCK the Vote !!!

    August 24, 2007 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  12. Lance, Monrovia, CA

    Helll yeah. Barrack the vote baby!!!

    Hillary just seems so damn... 90's.

    She bores me. Obama is da bomb.

    August 24, 2007 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  13. James, Phoenix AZ

    Since when did Barbara Bush start campaigning with Hillary??

    Oh dear lord that's Bill!!??

    August 24, 2007 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  14. sean n., new orleans, la.

    What does it tell you about a candidate with integrity such as Barack Obama, who is NOT hob-nobbing with the out-of-touch HollyWood elite? Is there anyone who thinks a Hollywood actor speaks for the avg. American?

    August 24, 2007 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  15. Tom Dedham, Mass

    Alright "Rick" from Chicago, the first WTC bombing, USS Cole, multiple embassies and US installations (about 6-8 at least during his tenure) and Billy boy treated them like criminal acts instead of terorists acts.

    How did that work out, was it a good move or a bad move?

    If the Clintons know nothing more about 9-11, why did Sandy Berger admit that he stole and destroyed documents right before the all important 9-11 commision was to meet?

    And for the record Clinton had to sign off on his gaining access to the national archives.

    I agree Bush sucks, that is not even a question anymore. He doesn't totally suck though, only Monica did.

    August 24, 2007 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  16. Izzy, Queens New York

    Fundamentally, support for Hillary stems from people's nostalgic feelings towards Bill Clinton. All this talk about experience, does being first lady prepare you for being President? If so, Laura Bush better jump into the fray. Hillary has nothing to new to offer, she does not represent change neither does she push for it. She's merely paying lip-service. John Edwards or Barack Obama should win the nomination. Heaven would be two of them on a ticket in whatever order, depending on whose momentum peaks before the primaries. Hillary is a prequisite for loss. She's so polarizing that her victory would motivate dead Republicans to rise from their graves simply to vote against her.

    August 25, 2007 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  17. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    Hillary is fine by herself, but if her husband support her, it gives an added grace to what is already beautiful, add luster to what is already brilliant
    and add something more to the honor.
    Hillary Clinton will be a great leader because she is smarter, more brilliant and had excellant varied career than any man in this Country and the World.

    August 25, 2007 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  18. Dennis

    Who cares? The next President of this country needs to be someone who is not a Washington insider. For that purpose the two candidates best suited to square off next fall are John Edwards and Mike Huckabee. Clearly these two are for the change this country needs, wants and must have in order to make this country once again the land of prosperity.

    August 25, 2007 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  19. Patrick, El Monte, CA

    I am definitely trying to get tickets to that fund raiser. It ought to be great. Hillary Clinton will be great for this country. Bush and Cheney have done so much damage that it will take someone of Clinton's caliber to fix it. Her husband will be a tremendous asset to us once again. I can't wait. Suck on that republicans.

    August 25, 2007 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  20. Rick, Chicago Illinois

    Tom Dedham, Mass,

    considering the fact that republicans, the military and the american people didn't want a war what could he do?

    I guess he could have pulled a Dubya and just did whatever the hell eh wanted anyway right?

    Considering that the repubs that controlled congress CUT Clinton's anti-terror legislation (they didn't want a "police state") and complained ("Wag and Dog" and "No war for Monica!") when he sent missiles over to actually try to do SOMETHING, he didn't have much options did he?

    All you guys that are now complaining "Why didn't he do anything"? are the same ones who complained back then cuz he DID.

    And 1) as mentioned under another thread in response to your post THERE, Berger only stole COPIES of the originals – that others already had, and 2) though Clinton tried harder to get Osama PRE 911 than Bush did, he didnt try hard ENOUGH.

    Thus, on that, I agree. They BOTH suck.

    August 26, 2007 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  21. Susan, TX

    Love him! Love her! The GOP is in free fall...Life is good!

    August 30, 2007 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
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