Presidential Election 2016
George Clooney and his neighbor had an all-out fundraising war over the weekend!
The A-lister and his wife Amal held a fundraiser supporting Hillary Clinton Friday night. Tickets to attend the event were a whopping $353,400 for couples and $33,400 for singles.
Clooney's neighbor, Howard Gold, decided to throw a "99% party" to support Bernie Sanders and mock the absurdity of campaign finance laws.
Gold's family is known for founding the 99 Cents Only store chain, and in keeping with the tradition of discounted rates he charged the 99%-ers $27 a ticket.
The party invitation even specified Gold's opposition to Clooney, saying "Swimming pools, Movie Stars and merriment for all! This is happening right next door to Clooney's party for Hillary!''
One of the most outrageous moments of Gold's event came when the 56-year-old host handed out $1 bills to his guests. The purpose? To throw the cash at Clinton's motorcade as she drove by. When Clinton's car finally did drive by, the Sanders supporters threw the cash and blasted the song "We're in the Money.''
"She is the most militaristic of any of the candidates," Gold said. "I really think she is."
But Clinton continues to rake in the dollars, as shown through Clooney's pricey weekend fundraiser. Though, when the actor appeared on Meet the Press on Sunday he agreed with host Chuck Todd about the absurdity of the donations.
"Do you look at how much is being raised ... do you look at it yourself and think, 'That's an obscene amount of money?'" Todd asked.
"Yes. I think it's an obscene amount of money," Clooney said. "I think, you know, that 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."
Sanders had previously blasted Clooney and Clinton for throwing such lavish fundraisers, something Clooney said he understood.
"The Sanders campaign, when they talk about it, is absolutely right," Clooney said. "It's ridiculous that we should have this kind of money in politics. I agree, completely."