George Clooney admits price of political fundraising is 'obscene'

George Clooney might be rooting, and raising gobs of cash, for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, but he says he agrees with her opponent on one thing: the amount of money in American politics.

Actor speaks out after participating in 2 fundraisers for Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton

The actor, who held two fundraisers in San Francisco and Los Angeles over the weekend for democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton, explains to NBC's Meet The Press why he's raising huge amounts of money. 0:42

George Clooney might be rooting, and raising gobs of cash, for U.S. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, but the Hail, Caesar actor says he agrees with her opponent on one thing: the massive amount of money in American politics.

"I think it's an obscene amount of money," Clooney told the host of NBC's Meet The Press, Chuck Todd, in an interview Sunday.

Clooney was met by a small group of protesters from Bernie Sanders's camp Friday evening when the actor attended a pricey fundraising event for Clinton in San Francisco, one of two this weekend. Sanders has been vocal about the large amounts of donations behind Clinton's and others' campaigns.

The demonstrators were pointing to the fact that attendees paid $33,400 US each for a ticket to be in the same room as Clooney.

Others reportedly paid upward of $100,000 to snap a selfie with Clinton and Clooney at the event, which took place at the home of venture capitalist Shervin Pishevar. 

"They're right to protest, they're absolutely right," said Clooney, who stopped briefly to talk to protesters. "It's ridiculous that we should have this kind of money in politics. I agree."

Clooney and his wife, Amal, hosted a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton at their L.A. home Saturday. Tickets for a seat at the head table reportedly cost up to $353,400 US per couple. (Axel Schmidt/Associated Press)
Clooney and his wife, Amal, were also hosting a fundraiser for Clinton at their home in Los Angeles on Saturday. Tickets for a seat at the dinner's head table — next to the hosts and Clinton — were priced at $353,400, according to NBC.

The money supports the Hillary Victory Fund.

Clinton earlier told a Los Angeles rally that she would try to get Congress to increase the $7.25-an-hour federal minimum wage, praising California for pledging to raise that number in the state to $15 an hour by 2022.

The tally from both events will likely match, if not surpass, similar fundraisers Clooney held for U.S. President Barack Obama in 2012.

With files from the Associated Press

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