David L. Cohen, Comcast’s executive vice president, held a $2,700-a-plate fundraiser for Hillary Clinton in his own home, iOTW Report has learned.
In an event that was sparely reported, Cohen and his wife held a public “conversation” with Ms. Clinton during the summer. Tickets were $2,700, “the maximum individual contribution allowed to federal candidates per election.”
Cohen and Comcast CEO Brian Roberts donated heavily to President Obama as well. Ms. Clinton served under President Obama as his first Secretary of State.
For Ms. Clinton’s “conversation,” also called “Hillraising” by the Clinton campaign, people who raised $27,000 were considered co-hosts of the event.
Those who raised $50,000 got to meet privately with Ms. Clinton and became “part of the “Hillraisers” program for bundlers.”
Such bundlers receive “regular briefings from top campaign officials” in the Clinton campaign.
Mr. Cohen also held fundraisers for President Obama at his home. Both Cohen’s and Roberts’s donations to Clinton and Obama were so large that it lead to one magazine to remark that “Comcast bought the Democratic Party.”
Ms. Clinton’s chief rival for the Democratic nomination in 2016, Bernie Sanders, has been publicly critical of some of Comcast’s actions in the past.
When Comcast moved to acquire Time Warner Cable, Mr. Sanders’s campaign site wrote, “one corporation would provide cable service for about one in three American households. It’s clear that customers want more choices and increased competition in the cable television and Internet industry.”