Clinton Speaks at Community College in LA Before Fundraiser at Clooney Home - NBC Southern California

Clinton Speaks at Community College in LA Before Fundraiser at Clooney Home



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    Hillary Clinton was firing up supporters in LA before a fundraiser at George Clooney's house. Jane Yamamoto reports for the NBC4 News at 5 on Saturday, April 16, 2016. (Published Saturday, April 16, 2016)

    Hillary Clinton spoke with supporters Saturday at Los Angeles Southwest College before scheduled fundraising events for her presidential campaign, including one at the home of George Clooney.

    At Los Angeles Southwest College, the former secretary of discussed her plans to raise wages and break down all the barriers that hold Americans back, an aide said.

    Clinton has proposed tax cuts for the middle class and small businesses; a profit sharing tax credit, creating a 15 percent tax credit for companies that share profits with workers on top of wages and pay increases; and raising
    the federal minimum wage to $12.

    Clinton's plan also calls for a cap on itemized deductions; a 4 percent surtax on taxpayers with incomes over $5 million; establishes a 30 percent minimum tax on taxpayers with adjusted gross incomes of over $1 million; raising taxes on medium-term capital gains to between 27.8 percent and 47.4 percent; and restoring the estate tax to 2009 levels.

    According to an analysis conducted by the The Tax Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan and nonprofit research institution, Clinton's tax plan would reduce the gross domestic product by 1 percent over the long term due to slightly higher marginal tax rates on capital and labor.

    It would also cause the after-tax incomes of all taxpayers to fall by at least 0.9 percent.

    Ninio Fetalvo, a Republican National Committee deputy press secretary, called Clinton's economic plan "harmful,'' saying it will "shrink the economy, cost jobs and reduce wages.''

    There was no immediate response to an email to the Clinton campaign seeking comment.

    Clinton has also pledged to fight for full federal equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans; end LGBT conversion therapy for minors; ensure adequate funding and safe and welcoming shelter for youth; protect transgender rights; and promote human rights of LGBT people around the

    Clinton's first fundraiser will be an afternoon reception in Koreatown. Tickets are $2,700, the maximum individual contribution under federal law to a candidate seeking a party's presidential nomination, according to Political Party Time, a website that tracks political fundraisers.

    Couples that have made $5,400 in contribution to Clinton's campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination will be able to have their pictures taken with Clinton. Those raising $30,000 received an invitation to a host
    reception with Clinton.

    Clinton also spoke at a $33,400 per person fundraiser for the Hillary Victory Fund at Clooney's Studio City home. The higher amount is permissible because it is a joint fundraising committee, benefiting her presidential campaign, the Democratic National Committee and 33 state Democratic Parties.

    The price is based on the $33,400 maximum amount an individual can contribute to a national party committee in a year.

    Individuals contributing and raising a total of $353,400 get two seats at the head table with Clinton and Clooney, the Oscar-winning actor and producer, and his wife Amal, an attorney.

    Clooney was also the attraction at a fundraising dinner with an identical price Friday night in San Francisco.

    The campaign of Clinton's opponent for the Democratic nomination, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, ran a television commercial in San Francisco, which it also plans to run at approximately 8 p.m. tonight in the Los Angeles market, promoting what he has repeatedly said was the average contribution to his campaign -- $27.

    The commercial is Sanders' first to run in California, which will hold its primary on June 7.

    This trip is the 68-year-old Clinton's 10th to the Los Angeles area since declaring her candidacy on April 12, 2015. Her previous visits included 22 fundraisers.

    "Hillary Clinton represents all of the reasons people are frustrated with politics,'' Fetalvo told City News Service, citing her "peddling political access to the highest bidders, spewing hypocritical attacks or recklessly attempting to avoid transparency and accountability.''

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