Clooney Complains About Big Money in Politics: ‘Fundraisers Are No Fun’

• April 17, 2016 11:51 am


George Clooney complained during an interview with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd on Sunday that there is an "obscene amount of money" in politics and that he doesn’t enjoy fundraisers, even though he has held large ones for Hillary Clinton.

"I think the co-host of the Friday night dinner, $353,000 a couple to be a co-chair, do you look at it yourself and think that’s an obscene amount of money?" Todd asked during the interview.

Clooney responded directly, saying that he does believe it is too much money. He also wanted to clarify that the "overwhelming" amount of money that he has raised is not going directly to Clinton.

"It’s going to the congressmen and senators to try to take back Congress," the Hollywood star said. He also noted that once the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling is overturned, he can finally stop holding huge fundraisers.

"The reason that’s important, and the reason it’s important to me is because we need – I’m a Democrat, so if you’re a Republican you’re going to disagree," Clooney said. "But, we need to take the Senate back because we need to confirm a Supreme Court Justice because that fifth vote on the Supreme Court can overturn Citizens United and get this obscene, ridiculous amount of money out so I never have to do a fundraiser again. That’s why I’m doing it."

Todd followed up by asking if Clooney enjoys the fundraisers that he so often throws.

"I don’t think anybody does," Clooney responded. "I don’t even think politicians do … It’s not the most fun thing to do."

Clooney has said before that he does not enjoy fundraisers and wants to get big money out of politics so he no longer has to hold them.

CNN reported that protestors were holding demonstrations near the Clooney home before the Clinton fundraiser started. The protestors threw $1,001 in singles at the Clinton motorcade. This was a way to show frustration for the amount of money the wealthy, especially Wall Street and celebrities, give to political candidates.