Wealthy Democrats put pressure on Pelosi

By Laurie Bennett

March 28, 2008 at 8:55am

Some of the Democratic Party’s biggest contributors - most of them supporters of Hillary Rodham Clinton - sent a forceful letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this week, urging her to reconsider her stance on the August convention.

Pelosi has said that super delegates should support the candidate with the most pledged delegates, a position that would favor Barack Obama.

The group urged her to “clarify” her position and take a “more open view.” The real message came across loud and clear in the closing paragraph, suggesting that she “be responsive to some of your major enthusiastic supporters.”

Enthusiastic, in this context, means rich and generous. Research by the Center for Responsive Politics shows that the signers of the letter have given $23.6 million to Democrats in the last nine years.

Nearly $3 million went to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, a cause near to Pelosi’s heart. Signers gave almost $554,000 to the Clinton campaign, vs. $52,200 to Obama.

Many of the signers are Clinton bundlers, called “Hillraisers” by the campaign. Heavy hitters sending the note of encouragement included hedge fund manager Steve Rattner and his wife, Maureen White; Hillary pal Lynn Forester De Rothschild; and Black Entertainment Network founder Robert L. Johnson., backing Obama, sent another letter to Pelosi yesterday, saying “if she keeps standing up for regular Americans, thousands of us will have her back.”

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  • #1.   Don Imus 03.28.2008

    Democrats wanted the Super Delegates but they should of done away with them. Since they are in effect they should be able to vote any way they want accorrding to party rules.

    Caucus are a stupid Democrat thing also. If they did not exist such as the Republican winner takes all delegates. Hillary would of already won by a landslide.

    Obama is Buying the Super Delegates. This election is the sadest election in American history if Obama wins with poor peoples donated church money

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