Hillary Clinton moves to consolidate support of CA Dems

Hillary Rodham Clinton Signs Copies Of Her Book 'Hard Choices' In New YorkSensing an opportunity to shore up her base and fuel a resurgence, Hillary Clinton’s campaign has moved swiftly to consolidate support and spur new enthusiasm among friends and allies in California.

Return visits

An early November sweep through the Bay Area will raise funds and press for commitments among some of Clinton’s closest west coast associates. At a Sacramento luncheon, Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis will play host for Clinton donors at the home of developer Angelo Tsakopoulos and his wife Sofia, Politico reported, with price points for attendance ranging from $2,700 to $50,000. Then, Clinton will visit a “family celebration” in the Silicon Valley redoubt of Los Altos Hills, capping things off with Ambassador Kathryn Hall and her husband Craig hosting in Napa at Hall Wines.

The itinerary has shaped up as a variation on Clinton’s last income-generating mission to the Golden State. Prior to a late September sweep through Silicon Valley and San Francisco, Clinton hit up Southern California for three four-figure-a-head fundraisers “at the home of Rob and Shari Friedman in Los Angeles; the Perch rooftop restaurant in Los Angeles; and the home of Dr. Asif and Noshaba Mahmood in Bradbury,” the San Jose Mercury News reported. “Clinton last visited the Bay Area on Aug. 5 and 6 for fundraisers in Atherton and San Francisco; before that, she was here raising money in May and June.”

This time around, however, team Clinton was in considerably higher spirits than previously. As Politico noted separately, “prominent members of both the East and West Coast Democratic financing communities reported even more interest in giving to the party’s front-runner after her Benghazi testimony last week — an event that bought the Clinton operation its most lucrative hour of fundraising yet.”

Polling peril

On the other hand, the campaign’s California activity sounded a note of urgency. With vice president Joe Biden refusing to contest Clinton for the nomination, her biggest competitor remains Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who recently surged in California polling. “A Field Poll conducted in May found that 66 percent of likely primary voters supported Clinton,” Reuters reported. But in a poll early this month, she had sunk to just 47 percent, while Sanders had “climbed from single-digit voter support among California voters to 35 percent[.]”

Although Clinton’s advantages in the race have proven formidable, and the poll was conducted before Biden’s announcement that he wouldn’t seek his party’s nomination for president, respondents underscored how uncertain many Democrats remain — in California and around the country. Almost two thirds said “it would be a good thing if Vice President Joe Biden were to enter the race,” although “only 15 percent of likely voters said they would back Biden” if he jumped in.

Back in July, Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., made a modest contribution to the competitive atmosphere by endorsing another Clinton challenger, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, as the Huffington Post observed.

Going big

Still, Sanders has not threatened to hit the Clinton campaign where it could hurt most — in the pocketbook. Sanders’ outsized successes with smaller donors have raised some concerns. “While Clinton’s campaign was sitting on $33 million in cash by the end of September, it still needs to increase its donor base, various fundraisers say they were told,” according to Politico. “That’s partly because the Clinton team knows Sanders’ campaign (with $27 million in cash on hand) has fewer backers who have already given the full legal maximum, meaning the senator can tap many of his existing contributors again while Clinton cannot.”

But Sanders has been put in dark shadow by Clinton when it comes to fundraising in California’s cash-rich liberal strongholds. In a recent tally of the candidates’ Silicon Valley hauls, CNBC revealed that Clinton had raked in $502,000 while Sanders netted only $189,000.

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  1. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 28 October, 2015, 07:30

    Well with her being marred to a vietnam era Draft Dodger,flag burner and rapist and favoring gun confiscation just like Hitler,stalin and mao did and the demacrats being for Big Goverment being anti constituion like most demac-RATS are and you can bet the hollyweird crowd would donate millions to her like they did with Obama the Fink

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  2. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 28 October, 2015, 12:12

    Hey, can anyone tell me how I can get some of that Clinton Foundation graft money I keep hearing about?

    Should I set up a phony Haitian relief charity, an AIDS medicine for Africa scam or try to get Bills attention with a lifetime membership offer in a sex club featuring underage girls?

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    • ted E Mind of your Godhead Ted
      ted E Mind of your Godhead Ted 30 October, 2015, 09:45

      Alas….Poor Dysphoric…I knew her well…..

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      • Rex the Wonder Dog!
        Rex the Wonder Dog! 30 October, 2015, 19:14

        I know the inside of your miniature brain well!

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        • Teddy
          Teddy 31 October, 2015, 17:15

          POOR POODLE–

          His repubs are giving the WH to Hillary, Cal Pers is growing larger by the billions, his pension measures are failing, he has had the hottest summer on record in his single wide in Adelanto……no hope in sight!

          Dooooooooooooooooooooooooooomed little buddy!

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  3. Leaving Soon
    Leaving Soon 28 October, 2015, 12:59

    The middle class is finished in California.

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    • SeeSaw
      SeeSaw 28 October, 2015, 13:19

      No……the republican party is what is finished in CA.

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      • JimmyDeeOC
        JimmyDeeOC 30 October, 2015, 13:16

        actually, you’re both right! Seesaw, be sure to let us know how you like living in a single-party state the next time SV hits the shnide. You’re on here a lot in your dotage, so I am sure you are well aware of how closely tied state finances are to rising asset prices……..or falling, as the case may be. I hope to be out of here by then. It will be very, VERY ugly. It will make 2008-09 look like a cakewalk.

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  4. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 28 October, 2015, 15:18

    Halloween is on saturday wait to see hillary flying overhead on her broomstick escorted by her flying monkeys

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  5. Desmond
    Desmond 28 October, 2015, 19:22

    Everyone, look at the picture, doesn’t t it look like she went poopie on the toilet?

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    • Bill Gore
      Bill Gore 28 October, 2015, 21:59

      No, she’s doing her best chipmunk face/melon head, leaning forward to let you know that she’s really listening. Just like when she ran for the Senate from New York, the ‘listening’ campaign, to show she really cares.

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      • JimmyDeeOC
        JimmyDeeOC 30 October, 2015, 13:23

        My fav was when she did her Iowa “listening tour”. She’d show up with a pad of paper, as if she was going to take notes.

        “….Say, Mr Green Jeans, Pre-screened Iowa Farmer! That’s a very good idea! I hadn’t thought of that….. Let me write that down………”

        I barfed. A violent, wretching barf.

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    • bob
      bob 30 October, 2015, 13:33

      Now, now, Desmond…remember she will be your next dictator…er…prez. And you can bet she will go poopie all over you.

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  6. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 28 October, 2015, 23:00

    Beware of witches or you,ll be turned into a toadiefrog

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  7. Ted
    Ted "Doc VanNostrum " Steele 29 October, 2015, 09:35

    Wow—

    Hillary just towers over EVERY single one of those R clowns—I wish it was not true. It aint good for our Country to have such weaklings running for the most important job in the free world. Over time, our society has made the job of CIC a very small job. I actually think it started when Nixon went on Laugh In or when Bill C went on Arcenio….Both parties have done it. The media does not help….it’s sad…..I sort of like Casich (SP?) but the rest are just clowny characters….spoiled rich brats, tv goons, punk hall monitors, fatso bullies……and then Fiorina!!!!! LMAO— failed ceo which clownette—- all of this to say tha these morons make Hil loolk good! And they will elect her……..sad time for the R’s AND our Nation….

    Discuss at once—

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  8. bob
    bob 31 October, 2015, 16:50

    Interview on the incredibly corrupt, vile and disgusting Clintons. Everyone needs to listen to this and these criminals need to be exposed. Maybe Big Al can do another interview with Jeff Deist regarding this.

    And did you know that 80% of Hillary donors are Jeb donors? Just proves that Demonrats or Republocons they are just different wings of the same corrupt, evil bird of prey.

    https://www.lewrockwell.com/podcast/roger-stone-endorses-trump/

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  9. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 1 November, 2015, 08:41

    More taxes under the demacrats its time to slop the hawgs

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