Raising money has always been more difficult for
Democrats than it is for Republicans - who have been able to gather
funds from big business with the promise of tax cuts.
Clinton changed that by appealing to the big-hitters
in the entertainment world - record industry executives, movie
moguls and these days, new media magnates.
At a fund-raiser on Saturday guests paid $1,000
each (£667) to get in and $25,000 (£16,685) to stay for dinner
- all going to Hillary Clinton's Senate race.
Actors and singers on stage included John Travolta,
Shirley MacLaine, Diana Ross, Cher, Melissa Etheridge, Natalie
Cole, Luther Vandross, Michael Bolton and Stevie Wonder.
In the audience were newlyweds Brad Pitt and Jennifer
Aniston, actors Rod Steiger and Patrick Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg,
and boxing legend Muhammad Ali.
Monday, 14 August, 2000, 15:27
GMT 16:27 UK
Hollywood's Democratic love affair
Aug. 13 — The first couple has gotten a jump on
Al Gore’s Democratic National Convention, attending a $10 million
brunch today benefitting President Clinton’s future library following
a star-studded Hollywood fund-raiser Saturday night for first
lady Hillary Rodham Clinton’s New York Senate campaign. The event,
hosted by comic book publisher Stan Lee at the Los Angeles estate
of businessman Kenneth Roberts, featured a chart-topping line-up
of singing stars including Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Michael
Bolton, Cher, Toni Braxton, and Melissa Etheridge.
A host of speakers included Red Buttons, Shirley
MacLaine, Jimmy Smits, Whoopi Goldberg and Rosa Parks. For good
measure, the president’s speech came with warm-up remarks from
actor John Travolta.
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