Bill’s glitzy birthday bash raises money for Clinton Foundation - POLITICO
Even as the Clintons are touting plans to distance themselves from their foundation and limit its fundraising if Hillary Clinton is elected president, they’re planning one last glitzy fundraising bash on Friday to belatedly celebrate Bill Clinton’s 70th birthday.
The fundraiser is being held at the Rainbow Room, a fine-dining restaurant on the 65th floor of a Manhattan skyscraper. Plans called for performances by Wynton Marsalis, Jon Bon Jovi and Barbra Streisand, according to people briefed on the planning. They said that major donors are being asked to give $250,000 to be listed as a chair for the party, $100,000 to be listed a co-chair and $50,000 to be listed as a vice-chair.
Clinton Foundation officials confirmed that the fundraiser is the final one planned before the Nov. 8 election, and that Bill Clinton planned to attend.
Hillary Clinton, who is recovering from a highly scrutinized case of pneumonia, is not planning to attend the party, her campaign said.
Foundation officials also would not say how much money has been raised for the Rainbow Room fundraiser or from whom.
But they pointed out that former President Clinton had parties marking past milestone birthdays that also doubled as fundraisers for his foundation, which raised $12.6 million from his 60th birthday bash, and said everyone set to attend Friday’s party was aware that it was a fundraiser for the foundation.