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. Chitown in Chicago, IL

    Almost unbelievably this continues to get worse! I'm finally beginning to see that there isn't anything that the Clinton Camp won't try to get this primary to end in their favor. I was thinking and hoping that there was some form of ethics left within Billary somewhere; now I see that it's their way or the highway, and that they'll bulldoze through whatever and whomever they deem necessary to get what they feel they're entitled to. It's as if their previous threat to Pelosi earlier this year wasn't brash enough. Billary and their Camp make Chicago politics look upright. Scary, scary stuff.

    May 8, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  2. Terrence (Winston Salem,NC)

    I would not be suprised..

    May 8, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  3. Victor E

    These people are just treating I don't think they are going to leave the party. we need to start talking to all the Hillary surpporter and getting them on our side

    Go Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 8, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  4. mad dem

    here we go again! I am a Florida voter. I voted knowing that my vote would not count, because of the idiots in government of my State. Rules are Rules and Florida as well as Michigan did not follow them. It is not the party's fault! The blame would lay at the feet of those who decided to hold our primaries before the requested date. And Hillary should know better. She read the rules and signed off on them. Talk about a whiner. But we should known she would be one from the way she cried to get sympathy votes in NH. Shame on you Hillary. I used to love the Clintons, but little by little we are beginning to see their true colors.

    May 8, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  5. frank

    why this barack hossein osama doesn't get out this race and lets Hillary Clinton handles the whole thing thru novmber, I am sick and tired of this non sense guy with his conterversial pastor who has no recpect and sympathy for american people this is America for god sake not Africa and please call yourself black american not afro americal or else get the hell out of here and go back to where you belong...................

    May 8, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  6. Kyle South Carolina

    THIS IS SO SAD IF ITs TRUE!! Now I see why Nancy P. has changed her position. SAD DAY IN AMERICA

    May 8, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  7. Martha

    We all know the history of the Clintons when people try to stand in their way, i.e. Vince Foster. But this time, no one is buying the scare tactics. That is why she is trying to stay in as long as she can.

    May 8, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  8. hmmm

    wow, what's next, Harvey? If you don't stop people from downloading stuff off the internet, I'll stop giving you money. And if you don't start giving movie studios more tax breaks, I'm not going to give you money. This is the exact opposite of lobbyists giving money to congress to get their way, he's withholding money instead. This is, of course, his business if he wants to stop contributing to the party, to make this kind of threat sounds like bullying to me. I hope Pelosi doesn't give in to his threats. If she does, this just enforces my belief that Washington can be bought and exactly why we need change.

    May 8, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  9. MARCE

    Figures, seriously is anyone surprised by Clinton and her minions! And this is what "white" Americans want....I don't think so!

    May 8, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  10. Firm Supporter of Obama

    This is exactly what Obama is talking about–OLD BACK ROOM POLITICS. What makes Hillary so sure she will win both states? This is the same egotistic attitude that has her in the mess she's in now. This is absolutely pathetic and I'm sure she is ready to embrace anyone who will "Buy and Steal" this election for her! KEEP YOUR MONEY, LOSER!!

    May 8, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  11. gordon

    Truly Truly disturbing. Harvey Weinstein is ridiculous.
    He spent the entire 1990's basically buying Oscars (with Disney's $$) for the crap movies Miramax was pumping out and now he is going to try and buy himself a president. What a douche bag.

    May 8, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  12. Julie-Washington

    This is sickening....Thank God that Nancy Pelosy did not cave in.
    I cannot help but think if the shoe was on the other foot Senator Clinton would be stating "rules are rules and have to be followed"
    If this "gentleman" is her top supporter and she is having to pay millions of dollars to her campaign that doesn't say too much for this man!! Let him take his money. Real demograts and not those with agendas will see rules are for a reason and Senator Clinton and Senator Obama both agreed to these rules before this race ever started they should be enforced.
    There are so many new people who joined the Democratic party if they see plays like this and crooked offers being accepted we can say good bye to them.

    May 8, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  13. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    And there are still some out there that wonder why so many people have joined Barack's campaign to change the way politics are conducted?! He is trying to extort the Speaker of theHouse – how freking bold and crazy is this? This is not one of your hollywood movies that you can direct as you see fit! Lets see if Hillary or her campaign denounces this sleazy manipulation of our political system.

    May 8, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  14. Jatovi, NC

    How much more crooked can the Clinton machine be? Trying to force the superdelegates to steal the election is just wrong and borderline criminal. I am now afriad of what a Clinton presidency would be. this is why I am very glad Obama leads in all catagories and will be our next President.

    May 8, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  15. James

    Why do people think Hillary will blow Obama out in Michigan? Demographically it fits Obama and even when she was the only person on the ballot in February, Hillary only got 55% of the vote. I agree we should try to find a way to count the voices of people in both Florida and Michigan but I fail to see it being a huge difference maker in the overall results.

    May 8, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  16. tatiana, Flushing

    Go for it Pelosi! Hillary is worth it. She should get the votes which has earned.

    May 8, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  17. European Observer

    Not that it makes a difference...
    But most of us here in the EU find this election hilarious!!

    You have Obama, who is winning the nomination FAIRLY, but isnt being recognised as the winner!!

    And Clinton, becoming more desperate everyday, who has somehow managed to convince herself that she has a chance of wining!
    Thing is... A lot of you actually BELIEVE her!! =]

    It sure does make good T.V.

    May 8, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  18. Sissie in NC

    I can guarantee there will be loads on Hillary supporters commenting on here condoning this. This is simply unacceptable. They said that they are working on a way to seat the delegates but you have people threatening the DNC. Why would anyone think this is acceptable? Why?

    May 8, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  19. Oregon has Hope and wants change

    If you think you have seen a demonstration before...

    Go ahead and try to pull this......

    you will have the biggest march in history..........

    all Americans will come together and stand up to Washington, there is no way we will stand for this, you do NOT buy an election.....

    The Clintons and their supporters are theives

    May 8, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  20. john oluwa

    trust the clintonz who will do anything to win now they are using their surrogates and donors to blackmail and threaten the speaker SHAME ON U HILLARY

    May 8, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  21. Janet, Arizona

    "buy Clinton more time" The operative word here is "buy." He is trying to "buy" the White House for Hillary. I am so sick of the corruption in this country. Big Money and Corporate Interests rule here in the Corporate States of America.

    May 8, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  22. Kevin

    Good idea, Harvey, but guess what! No one cares about you and your big donor monies.

    Barack Obama has inspired enough new small donors to cover your loss. Go take a hike.

    May 8, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  23. Alex

    Political scum. This is the type of behavior and corruption you can expect to run rampant, (or continue to run rampant I should say) if Hillary the cackling hag is able to buy this nomination.

    May 8, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  24. EBC

    What a disgrace!!!!

    Clinton's GOONIES are out doing her dirty WORK and she's stands by and plays the innocent victim over and over.

    This just proves how low Sen. Clinton's will stoop. She has so much dirty on her hands and yet she turns a deaf ear and blind eyes to it all. How convenient.

    This is why the Clintons are turning people off. When your losing and you start pulling these types of political tactics, it just makes Sen. Obama's case for him when it comes to the "SAME OLD AND TIRED WASHINGTON POLITICS". The Clintons just DON'T GET IT, Americans are SICK of these games and want to end the Clinton era of the Washington "status quo".

    Sen. Clinton continues to ignore the voices of the people across this country. She refuses to listen to top economists when it came to her "tax holiday", even when her own staffers say it's just a "political gimmick, they know it will never work" AND she refuses to face the fact that she's LOST despite the reality of the numbers. This is EXACTLY the same Republican behavior the our current President exhibits!! Sen. Clinton has been campaigning more like a Republican than a Democrat. She claimed just this morning that "if the Democratic Party followed the rules of the Republican Party she would have won indiana by a bigger margin! What!! Is she crazy?

    We are NOT the Republican Party WE ARE THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY!!! She needs to start remembering which PARTY she's representing. Maybe she's confused on which party she is running under. When she made the statement that Sen. John McCain would make a great VP, that just blew my mind! To even utter such a suggestion is like shooting yourself in the foot yet again!

    The Clinton era is quickly coming to an END. They KNOW it, They've KNOWN it for some time AND They have been told this fact by the people that surround them. I mean come on, the look on both Bill and Chelsea's face when she was talking in Indiana was ALL TO CLEAR. They know the writing is on the wall. She's just in TOO MUCH DEBT to get out NOW. She can't afford to get out, that's the only reason she's begging for money and loaning rather than donating her own money to her campaign. If she were honestly and truly "committed" to her campaign, she would have DONATED the $11.4 million rather than LOAN it to her campaign. Sen. Clinton is going to bill all her supporters for her loans. Where else is the money going to come from? The DNC isn't going to pay her LOANS!!

    May 8, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  25. Dean

    This is what politics is all about. The people with the money are the ones actually making the decisions. That is why the system needs to be change. Do not think for a moment that Hillary or anyone else that has been in politcs for any significant time will take the high road. They "owe" too many people/corporations and they will not write policies that will harm them.

    May 8, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
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