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George Clooney claimed massive political fundraising is a necessary evil in order to permanently eliminate the influence of money in politics during an exclusive interview on Meet the Press.
“The Supreme Court can overturn Citizens United and get this obscene, ridiculous amount of money out so I never have to do a fundraiser again,” he said. “And that's why I'm doing it.”
The superhero-playing actor has his sights firmly set on electing Democratic candidates so that a liberal minded justice can be confirmed to the court in the last-best-hope of revising campaign finance laws for good.
“I think it's the worst, one of the worst laws passed, since I've been around,” he said. Clooney admonished the amount of money in politics despite hosting high-dollar fundraisers in support of Hillary Clinton this weekend – attacking the top echelons of the one-percent – to events where premium tickets cost upwards of $350,000.
“I think it's an obscene amount of money,” he told Chuck Todd. “It's ridiculous that we should have this kind of money in politics.”
Clooney, who supports Clinton’s White House bid, also credited her challenger’s tough stance on the issue, saying, “The Sanders campaign when they talk about it is absolutely right,”
Sander’s supporters picketed this weekend’s fundraisers – even pelting Clinton’s motorcade with dollar bills as it approached Clooney’s home – but the actor suggested the immense fundraising is actually misunderstood.
“I think the Clinton campaign has not been very good at explaining this and this is the truth: the overwhelming amount of money that we're raising, and it is a lot but the overwhelming amount of the money that we're raising, is not going to Hillary to run for President, it's going to the down ballot ticket,” he said.
Clooney also drew a stark contrast between his political effort and those of the Republican backing Koch brothers who he claims are more concerned with their own personal benefit than any larger concern.
“The Koch brothers would profit if they get their way and that's what, you know, there's no profit for us in this,” he said.
The actor blasted Republican candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz for “making this a campaign of fear” and said it’s a premise he refuses to believe while not shying away from complimenting his own candidate’s chief rival.
“I've been a very big fan of hers,” he said citing a long relationship with Clinton. “But I want to say this: I really like Bernie and I think what he's saying in this election is important if you're a Democrat.”