Tuesday 27 June 2017

George Clooney acknowledges 'obscene amount of money' raised at two Hillary Clinton fundraisers

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at Southwest College in Los Angeles, California, United States, April 16. Reuters/Lucy Nicholson
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at Southwest College in Los Angeles, California, United States, April 16. Reuters/Lucy Nicholson

George Clooney would like to get big money out of politics - so he does not have to raise it.

The actor hosted two weekend fundraisers in California on behalf of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Donations at an event in San Francisco reached US$353,000 per couple, which Clooney acknowledged is an "obscene amount of money".

In an interview on NBC's Meet the Press, Clooney noted that the event drew pro-Bernie Sanders demonstrators. The actor said that when he went to talk with them, they called him a corporate shill.

Clooney called that "one of the funnier things you could say about me".

Some of them wore T-shirts saying he was a terrible Batman in the 1997 movie Batman And Robin. On that, Clooney said, they have a point.

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