Watch LIVE: Hundreds of Bernie Supporters Protest Hillary Clinton's High-End Fundraiser in San Francisco
Shervin Pishevar, Silicon Valley investor, is hosting a Hillary Clinton fundraiser tonight with George and Amal Clooney. The VIP fundraiser is taking place at Pishevar’s hilltop San Francisco home and costs upward of $33,400 per ticket. The fundraiser is for the Hillary Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee that can accept large contributions because it is comprised of multiple committees.
Hillary Clinton will headline a fundraiser with George & Amal Clooney in San Francisco on Friday. The invite: https://t.co/5GycWJmCPh— Dan Merica (@Dan Merica) 1460380709.0
Bernie Sanders shared his disgust with the event last month on CNN.. “It is obscene that Secretary Clinton keeps going to big-money people to fund her campaign.... it's not only this Clooney event, it is the fact that she has now raised well over $15 million from Wall Street for her super PAC and millions more from the fossil fuel industry and from the drug companies," Sanders complained to CNN's Jake Tapper.
That gave Sanders' supporters an idea.
They're banging pots and pans to demonstrate at a Hillary Clinton fundraiser on Russian Hill. pic.twitter.com/kqfNDNe4D8— Sergio Quintana (@svqjournalist) April 16, 2016
More than 500 of Sanders' supporters organized to demonstrate outside the 1266 Washington Street venue before the 7pm dinner. The protesters planned to make noise and disrupt the proceedings with a "pot and pan protest reception" while staging their own #DineWithThe99 potluck.
But Shervin Pishevar took it all in good humor and said he welcomed their actions. “I welcome nonviolent protests as an exercise of our great democracy," he told the Guardian, adding, "Only in America would an Iranian-born immigrant son of a taxi driver and maid trying to help elect our first woman president be protested at his home."
San Francisco streets were locked down shortly after the protesters gathered at the bottom of the hill.
@Linda1746 @Kiwigirl58 no, but there are barricades https://t.co/MfaKEPFGFN— Philippe Djegal (@Philippe Djegal) 1460768372.0
But Bernie supporters are not giving up.
"Ordinary [SF] citizens are appalled by the open bribery that will take place on Friday night," given SF's "massive economic inequality, an out-of-control housing crisis, regular instances of lethal police brutality and a systematic campaign by Mayor Ed Lee to eradicate the homeless population," Eve Batey told SFist.
As spotted in Chinatown, SF (via @antievictionmap) #ThanksAirBnB https://t.co/bvZogzeSLL— Zoé (@Zoé) 1460488185.0
Sanders’ populist message has struck a chord with a deeply divided city, and with California's 546 delegates, the stakes are high. Since late 2015 Sanders has already raised twice as much from the tech world as Clinton—Sanders has raked in $3.2 million from tech industry donors, compared to Clinton’s $1.5 million.