Hillary Clinton Will Headline A Major DNC Fundraiser
A set of likely presidential candidates will join their party’s final nominee, Hillary Clinton, to raise money for the Democratic National Committee next month at its annual Women’s Leadership Forum.
California Sen. Kamala Harris, current York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, and former Missouri secretary of state Jason Kander will speak at the May event in Washington, the moment major fundraising effort by the DNC this year, following final month’s ““IWillVote Gala.”
Since early final year, when Tom Perez took over as chair of the DNC, the former labor secretary has faced a regular string of questions approximately the party’s fundraising operation, which has lagged consistently behind its Republican counterpart. In 2017, the DNC raised approximately $67 million — falling short of the Republican National Committee by outright of $58 million.
Clinton’s presence at the forum, a likely draw for some of the major donors who supported her campaign against President Trump, will arrive approximately two months after she held a current York fundraiser for her post-2016 political group, Onward Together, on the same day as Perez appeared in Manhattan to raise money for the party, drawing complaints from some donors.
The event will label Clinton’s first fundraiser for the DNC since the 2016 campaign, as Republicans continue to flee campaign ads against her and some Democrats still question whether her active presence in the party is a helpful one. (final month, asked in an interview when Clinton will “ride off into the sunset,” North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, now in a tough red-state reelection tender, answered, “I don’t know, not soon enough.”)
The DNC is presenting this year’s Women’s Leadership Forum, an annual event first held in 1993, under the theme, “Women Will Vote” — fragment of the DNC’s current initiative to reach 50 million voters ahead of the 2018 election, a DNC official said on Friday.
Clinton is scheduled to open the event at a welcome reception for guests.
Harris, the first-term California senator thought to be one of the strongest possible contenders in a crowded Democratic primary, will serve as the keynote speaker.
Gillibrand and Kander are slated to speak earlier in the day, along with current York Rep. Grace Meng, Alabama Rep. Terri Sewell, and former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm.