Hillary Clinton Holds $100,000-a-Head Fundraisers

Hillary Clinton makes remarks during a meeting in Brooklyn on Thursday. PHOTO: REUTERS

Hillary Clinton makes remarks during a meeting in Brooklyn on Thursday. PHOTO: REUTERS

By BYRON TAU – Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton is ramping up her fundraising schedule, attending a number of fundraisers this week that cost donors six-figures to attend.

The former secretary of state attended a pair of small, intimate gatherings in New York City on Thursday evening that cost donors a minimum of $100,000 to attend, according to a campaign official. On Wednesday, she attended two $100,000-a-head events in Englewood, N.J., and New York City.

Maureen White and Steven Rattner, two prominent Democratic fundraisers, hosted one of the Thursday fundraisers at their home in Manhattan. Mr. Rattner also was a prominent businessman and served in the Obama administration. The second Thursday event was at the home of Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a prominent New York businesswoman and supporter of Mrs. Clinton and Democratic candidates. On Wednesday, architect Jon Stryker and hedge fund manager Orin Kramer played host.

Six-figure fundraisers are a new frontier in presidential politics, made possible by a 2014 Supreme Court case that tossed a key contribution limit governing how much donors could give across the board in a single election cycle. As a result, campaigns and parties can now fundraise in tandem with each other.

Mrs. Clinton’s events on Thursday benefited her campaign, the Democratic National Committee and 32 state parties across the country.

“At these events, Hillary Clinton continued talking about her commitment to building on the progress we’ve made under President Obama. She does not believe that we live in a single-issue country and she is not a single-issue candidate,” said a Clinton campaign aide about the fundraisers.

It’s not the campaign’s first foray into high-dollar fundraising. In April, the campaign held an event at the home of actor George Clooney. The event cost $33,400 to attend, though donors who contributed $353,400 could sit at the head table with Mr. Clooney.

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