For a special seat at an upcoming campaign fundraiser for the presidential hopeful, hosted by George and Amal Clooney on April 15, couples must contribute or raise $353,400, Politico reports – Sanders called the lavish event “obscene.”
“It is obscene that Secretary Clinton keeps going to big money people to fund her campaign,” the Vermont senator told CNN on Sunday. “But it’s not only this Clooney event, it is the fact that she has now raised well over $15 million from Wall Street for her super PAC and millions more from the fossil fueled industry and from the drug companies.”
The 74-year-old noted that his campaign has received six million individual contributions.
“So, I think what we are trying to do is run a campaign to paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, of the people, by the people and for the people,” he told CNN. “Not just reaching out to billionaires and the wealthiest people in this country.”
The San Francisco fundraiser is one of two events featuring the Clooneys, and both benefit the Hillary Victory Fund, Politico reports. Clinton and the Clooneys will reunite for a second event on April 16 at the couple’s Los Angeles mansion. There, it will cost $33,400 per person to dine at a table with the couple.
A Clinton campaign spokesperson did not dispute the $353,400 ticket price, but said campaign officials are thankful for the Clooneys’ support.
“Hillary Clinton has made it a priority to raise money for Democrats up and down the ballot and we’re grateful to the Clooneys for helping us support the party with this event,” the spokesperson tells PEOPLE. “We hope that Senator Sanders joins us in sending the money he raises off our event to other Democrats.”
Although the maximum presidential campaign donation is $2,700 for the primary elections, Clinton’s fund can accept larger donations because of its status as a joint fundraising committee, comprised of multiple entities.
Sanders said that his remarks are not a criticism of Clooney, but “a criticism of a corrupt campaign finance system where big money interest – and it’s not Clooney, it’s the people who are coming to this event – have undue influence over the political process.”
Sanders noted that his events cost “$15 or 50 bucks for people to come.”
“The point is, I have a lot of respect for George Clooney, he’s a great actor. I like him,” Sanders said. “But this is the point, this is the problem with American politics, is that big money is dominating our political system. And we are trying to move as far away from that as we can.”