May 8th, 2008
10:45 AM ET
12 years ago

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. John, OH

    It's hypocritical. He's such a hypocrite, even in this one statement. It's all well and good if you say "The voices of the voters in Michigan and Florida should be heard", but you can't also say "The superdelegates should ignore the votes cast by the people."

    May 8, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  2. Kitty-AL

    Frank, your ignorance shows in your poor spelling, poor grammar, and poor attitude. Sen. Obama has beat. Let go of the racism and hate. You'll feel better. Also, before you try to send Sen. Obama back to where he belongs, remember that unless you are a Native American your people were immigrants. So, where should you go back to?

    May 8, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  3. jason

    wow. I can only imagine how bad the corruption is in the republican nomination process – they also have no shame, but are much better at keeping secrets.

    May 8, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  4. Michael

    Wow! Harvey Weinstein speaks. Who is he? Hollywood, right? So, who cares?

    May 8, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  5. voter

    Well, if Hillary supporters believe every vote should count, then why ask the superdelgates to overturn the elected delegates which is the will of the people. This contridiction does not make sense and is truly undemocratic.

    May 8, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  6. Travis Watkins, Wa

    Enough is Enough!
    I Have been a voting republican for almost 17 years now, and I can tell you me and my wife will be voting for Obama this november. The democrats need to rally behind the candidate that has shown true sability and grit, Sen. Barack has weathered everything that ms. clinton has throughn at him. It is my opinion that Hillary does not care about her political party or she would have run for president last term! It is only now that the public popularity of the republican party is at its lowest, she see's what we all see: "that the next President WILL be a democrat". She is in it for the prestige, the popularity and possibly pave the way for her media sheltered daughter to eventually become another "clinton" president so they all can say that they are the new "Royal" family on america. Further more, hillary acts like she is owed not only the nomination, but, that she is also owed the presidency and she will do EVERYTHING and ANYTHING TO GET IT EVEN IF SHE DESTROYS HER PARTY TO DO IT! Republicans Mit Romney and Huckleby had the decency to to graciously back out for the unity of their party, so that all rublicans could rally around the "nominee" and focus on the true compition that matters!

    May 8, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  7. Ret.Vet.

    I wonder if we as Americans can sue this guy for trying to extort the speaker of the house. This is something that need to be looked onto. seems like he's commiting a crime to me.

    May 8, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  8. Pam

    If the people in Florida and Michigan are angry about what their states' governments did with their primaries, then they need to vote those people out of office when they're up for re-election. None of the candidates had anything to do with the decisions made by the state governments. You can't change the rules in the middle of the game just because you're losing Hillary.

    May 8, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  9. frank

    A primary reelection should be held in Florida and Michigan. Otherwise, it will be unfair to Hillary, since she has stronger support in large states that is the key for Democrats to win the general election. In fact, the liabilities Obama have had will make him hard to win McCain. Therefore, for the good of the Democrats, it is reasonable to hold a reelection in Florida and Michigan to see who is the real winner. I think anyone who really supports Democrats should support this reelection in Florida and Michigan.

    May 8, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  10. p1tey1

    This makes me SICK!!! The votes in Florida and Michigan would have counted if they had FOLLOWED THE RULES!!!! What part of that is so hard for people to understand!!!

    I will NEVER vote for a Clinton again!!!!!

    Florida and Michigan should have followed the RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Florida and Michigan should have followed the RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Why should the Clinton's and their supporters be allowed to forego the RULES??!!??!! What makes them think they are so special!!!??! Its time for Hillary to sit down so the party can come together. This country can't afford to have McCain as president. We should be fighting the REPUBLICANS, not each other.

    May 8, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  11. GO HARVEY GO!!!!!!!!!!!!


    May 8, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. George

    It looks like the same old song, if you have money, you have power. If Sen Obama was losing like Hillary is, the superdelegates would have already pushed him out.

    They owe Bill & Hillary too much so they are allowing Hillary the opportunity to continue to be negative, weaken the Party Democrats chances to win.

    It's plain to see they owe it to her to trash her own party and say in her speech there will be unity! We will have unity only if I win is what she is saying, if not I will make sure no democrat will win.


    May 8, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  13. fafa

    VERY SAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 8, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  14. seu, flushing

    To the Obama supporters: hold your breath, Obama will never make it to the white house. He's not electable. Period.

    May 8, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  15. Kevin, B-More

    The Clinton's and some of their Campaign supporters truly represent the Old School Political Mafia. This is an Era that needs to be over. We are not in Iran , Iraq, Russia or China. This is supposed to be America, the Nation to be above the others. We shouldn't be allowing the purchase of Politicians Rep. or Dem. This is why the country is so messed up now, our Politician are being bought by contributions and not working for the better of the People.

    May 8, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  16. karl

    the clintons had their time is now the american peoples time
    get out before you hurt not only your rep but bills too

    May 8, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  17. Tina

    She already showed everybody that pressure does'nt work for her. Re : the famous letter form the big democratic donors.

    May 8, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  18. bob toano

    So Harvey is trying to buy influence. Gee this sure sounds contrary to Hillarys populist theme. Thugs like these seem to have an unusual amount of control. Three cheers for Nancy Pelosi for standing up to him. It gives me comfort that the highest ranking democrat in our government has some of the same traits as Obama. We can take this country back.

    May 8, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  19. Matt - MN Obama Supporter

    I think this is just Sad on so many levels. I hope it's true that Pelosi told Weinstein "Don't ever threaten me again". This is the kind of thing Obama is trying to change (and that the McCain of 2000 was as well before he turned into a carbon copy of George W. Bush this year). I think Obama has shown with his campaign that you don't need people like Harvey Weinstein to run an effective fund raising campaign and I have a feeling that democratic big wigs like Pelosi, Reid, and Dean understand this. Again, I think Weinstein needs to take a long look at himself and what he has done here and hopefully he will realize the error of his ways.

    Plus, I think Clinton is thinking concession right now anyways. She'll continue till the end of the Primaries, but I think in the end she will step aside and throw her support to Obama. Politically, it will gain her a lot of credit with people she has upset in the last year and a half and if that support can bring Obama the election victory in 2008, she will have rebuilt a lot of those bridges she has burned during these campaigns. She's a Clinton and now that Penn is basically out of the picture, she will do the smart thing. She ran a tough race and my hope is we can all come together in the Fall around Obama.

    May 8, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  20. The Truth Be Told

    Do not be fooled-there is no difference between the Democrats and the Republicans. The news media controls America. People losing their jobs, homes, lives and money. The media is focusing on race. Unless white Americians have a secret gas pump code, they pay the same $3.99 for gas I am paying.

    May 8, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  21. Hypocrisy

    Near extortion.

    May 8, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  22. WH

    So from the comments I have seen.......he is wrong for putting pressure with his money to have the votes count and that is wrong. People threatening to have riots and violence in the streets if Obama isn't the nominee is right? Oh and let me add.....everyone that doesn't want to vote for Obama is racist. Does that sum it up?

    May 8, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  23. Joseph

    The moderators are Obama supporters and you are violating my rights to be heard. Everytime I post pro-Clintion comments without any swear words and well written you do not post my comments and yet you post all this pro-obama crap. You wimps have no spine what-so-ever and are exactly why this country will go down the tubes if Obama is elected.

    May 8, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  24. Jake, California

    Who told this guy that America is for sale?
    Send your money to support hungry kids around the world if you don't have any better use for it.

    May 8, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  25. Shar

    Has it really come down to making threats? Shame on you Weinstein!

    May 8, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
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