Let Them Eat A $353,000 Dinner
Today's study in contrasts as reflected in the dueling hashtags #BernieAtTheVatican and #HillaryAtTheMansion: Bernie went to Rome to urge "a moral economy" after releasing as promised his "very boring" tax returns - income $205,271, mostly his $174,000 Senate salary plus Social Security benefits, or less than Clinton - income $28 million - got for each of her three cheerleading speeches to Goldman Sachs, which transcripts she has still declined to release because it's not the "appropriate" time to do so.
Meanwhile, Clinton flew to San Francisco for the infamous George and Amal Clooney fundraiser at the Nob Hill home of venture capitalist Shervin Pishevar, where couples were charged $353,000 to sit at a table with the Clooneys and individuals paid $33,400 to have their photo taken with Hillary. The event reportedly netted at least a cool $15 million - money, noted some Bernie supporters, that could have been used to address the city's housing crisis, homelessness and economic inequality.
With a Facebook page calling out "peasants of the 99%" and "all conscientious humans of San Francisco," about 500 Sanders supporters staged a rowdy "Cacerolazo" pot-and-pan protest outside Pishevar's home to challenge the Clooney "corruption-fest." Many of the protesters were overworked, underpaid tech workers charging that rich employers "sell you a dream," thus underlining once again Sander's core issue of income inequality. Earlier, many marchers also held a #DineWithThe99 potluck in a nearby park. Price tag: $27.
The Sanders campaign - though insisting they are "yuge fans" of Clooney - likewise used the event to do some fundraising of their own. In letters and a new ad set to run in California, they sought to raise $353,000 too. Befitting a moral economy, in increments of $27.