George Clooney said this weekend that presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders was “absolutely right” to protest the amount of money involved in political fundraisers such as the one Clooney co-hosted Friday night in support of candidate Hillary Clinton – or the one he will co-host Saturday night, with wife Amal, at his home.
In a pre-taped interview for Meet the Press, Clooney was asked by host host Chuck Todd about the Friday fundraiser, in San Francisco, which reportedly cost $353,400 (in donations or raised funds) to sit at the head table, alongside with Clinton and the Clooneys.
“Do you look at it yourself and think, ‘That’s an obscene amount of money?’ ” Todd asked Clooney.
“Yes. I think it’s an obscene amount of money,” Clooney said. “I think that, you know, we had some protesters last night when we pulled up in San Francisco and they’re right to protest. They’re absolutely right. It is an obscene amount of money.”
He continued, “The Sanders campaign, when they talk about it, is absolutely right. It’s ridiculous that we should have this kind of money in politics. I agree completely.”
Clooney’s full interview with Todd will air on Meet the Press Sunday.
Sanders supporters and Republican political operatives criticized the high price tags attached to the Friday and Saturday events. The Sanders campaign even released an ad running in local markets Friday and Saturday, built around the controversy, according to Variety.
“If you can’t afford to attend tonight’s event with Secretary Clinton, we invite you to join Bernie’s fundraiser for the low price of turning on your television,” Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ campaign manager, said in a statement, according to Variety.