It's $3 million for Hillary!
by kostner, Mon Jun 25, 2007 at 07:02:07 PM EDT
Jerome linked to an article in BB reporting Hillary collected $2 million at a fundraising event hosted by Indian American community.
I found another article detailing this event. The exact number is close to $3 million, which is extremely impressive for a single event.
A fundraiser organised by Indian Americans in Manhattan on Sunday raised around $3 million for Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton--the highest sum raised at a single meet for a political cause by the community.
The fundraiser, organised by hotelier Sant Singh Chatwal at the Sheraton in Manhattan, saw some 1,000 people converge from all over the country to shell out $2,350 per plate, and wait over two hours for Clinton to come and deliver a 15-minute speech.
Chatwal, in an interview to The Indian Express, said the sum raised would be closer to three million dollars, once audited. The event came less than a week before the end of the fund-raising period for this quarter.
The fundraiser comes close on the heels of a attack against her by Democratic contender Senator Barack Obama. The latter's strategists had reportedly called her a Democrat from Punjab, pointing out that she supported outsourcing of jobs to India.
Obama, however, apologised later and said it was "stupid" and "caustic".
Author and spiritual guru Deepak Chopra told The New York Sun: "I thought that was ridiculous.""We are American citizens, right? He's a minority. He should know better."
It looks to me Obama campaign's recent screw-up has had some serious impact on Indian American community under the radar. The tie between Hillary and Indian-American community has further deepened because of this incident. Although Indian-American community may not be able to deliver the votes, they definitely have deep pocket for Hillary Clinton. I googled 'Hillary Clinton', and was quite surprised to find lots of articles on this incident by Indian media.