On the same day House Republicans released a long-awaited report on the Benghazi terror attacks that killed four Americans when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee is scheduled to be in the Los Angeles area for two campaign fundraisers and a town hall discussion with digital content creators.
Her campaign issued a statement calling the report an exercise in politics.
“After more than two years and more than $7 million in taxpayer funds, the committee report has not found anything to contradict the conclusions of the multiple, earlier investigations,” according to the campaign.
It said the committee’s chief goal was “to politicize the deaths of four brave Americans in order to try to attack the Obama administration and hurt Hillary Clinton’s campaign.”
Benghazi has become a politicized issue as Republicans have worked to tie Clinton’s decisions to the tragedy in Libya in 2012. The main GOP report depicts bureaucratic problems in Clinton’s office, according to broadcast reports, but does not place direct blame for the deaths on her. The investigating committee’s chair insisted to reporters that his panel did not target Clinton for political purposes.
However, two more conservative Republican House members released their own analysis of the Benghazi attack blaming a “tragic failure of leadership” by Clinton and the Obama administration.
As originally scheduled, the first Los Angeles-area fundraiser will be at the home of Napster co-founder and former Facebook president Sean Parker and his wife Alexandra. Tickets are $2,700 per person, the maximum individual contribution under federal law for a candidate seeking his or her party’s presidential nomination or for the general election.
A contributor may make the maximum donation for both the primary and general election campaigns.
The second event is a reception and dinner at the home of investor/philanthropist Marc Nathanson, founder of Falcon Cable, with prices ranging from $33,400 per couple to $100,000 per couple, according to an invitation obtained by City News Service.
The higher amounts are allowed because portions of the donation will go to the Democratic National Committee and various state Democratic parties.
Clinton has held 29 previous fundraisers in the Los Angeles area since declaring her candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination on April 12, 2015.
Participants in the town hall will have the opportunity to engage in a conversation and ask the 68-year-old Clinton questions important to their communities and online audiences, according to the campaign.
—City News Service