Clinton Campaign Won’t Say if Huma Abedin Still to Host DC Fundraiser This Week

Scandal-plagued close Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin is scheduled to headline a fundraiser for the Clinton campaign this week in Washington, D.C. However the Clinton campaign contact for the event refused to say whether or not Abedin would be in attendance. The fundraiser is being held at the home of a long-time Democratic Party donor and activist who was reportedly fined $5,000 for handing out cigarettes to the homeless to get them to vote for Al Gore in 2000.

Two phone calls by The Gateway Pundit to Amanda McTyre, who is listed as the Clinton campaign contact for the fundraiser, were disconnected without response when the question of Abedin still hosting the event was posed. A third attempt to call McTyre went straight to voicemail.

Abedin has disappeared from Clinton’s side on the campaign trail since news broke several days ago that the FBI was investigating computers belonging to Abedin and her estranged husband Anthony Weiner for emails and documents related to Clinton’s State Department email scandal. The newly discovered emails were found while the FBI was investigating Weiner for allegedly sexting a 15-year-old girl. Abedin worked by Sec. Clinton’s side at State and had her own private Clinton email address.

The fundraiser, called “An Evening with Huma Abedin, Diane Von Furstenberg and Anna Wintour” is to be held at the Georgetown home of Constance Milstein on Thursday, November 3rd and comes with tiered pricing of $10,000, $5,000, $2,700, $1,000 and $500.

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The Independent Journal Review previewed the fundraiser last week before the latest scandal sidelined Abedin, “Hillary Clinton’s Fashion Fundraiser Crew Head to D.C.:

Having hit up the fashion crowds in New York and Paris, Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour is heading to Washington to collect cash for Hillary. TPE has learned that Wintour, who is bringing with her fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, will host a party at the Georgetown mansion of Connie Milstein on November 3rd. Huma Abedin will co-host.

Said one local fashionista of the event, “I’m not really political, but when Anna Wintour comes to town, you buy the ticket.” Entry starts at $500 and goes up to $10,000 for a co-host nod…”

Michelle Malkin wrote about Milstein back in 2004 in an article about super wealthy Democrats leading the self-described “Party of the Little People”.

And then there are common Democrat givers such as Connie Milstein. She is just like you and me. If you happen to be the pampered heir to a multibillion-dollar real estate fortune in New York City. Milstein calls herself “an ordinary Park Avenue matron.” Really. She is just your usual, elbow-rubbing, partisan fundraiser/philanthropist/business mogul next door.

During the 1999-2000 election cycle alone, Milstein contributed at least $932,515 to various Democratic party soft money accounts, and spread another $40,000 in hard money donations to various candidates and political committees.In the fall of 2000, Milstein did what any regular Democrat donor would do: She flew herself to Milwaukee and bribed homeless people to vote for Al Gore in exchange for cigarettes. Milstein was caught on video by local ABC affiliate WISN-TV toting bags of cancer sticks for vagrants outside the Milwaukee Rescue Mission.

Then chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee’s Major Supporters Committee, Milstein told the TV station she was an official representative of the Gore campaign and “was asked to come down and ring doorbells, go to shelters, see if I can get as many people as I could out to the polls.”

It was just your run-of-the-mill campaign to smoke out (er, get out) the vote. Honest.

Wisconsin outlaws the procurement of votes with gifts worth more than $1. It’s a felony. But what average Democrat donor lets a little thing like illegality get in the way? Milstein received a flimsy slap on the wrist and a puny $5,000 civil fine. Big whoop. She probably drops that much in one afternoon at Cristophe’s (he’s the high-priced barber of other ordinary Democrat folks with ordinary hair such as John Kerry-Heinz and Bill Clinton).

After the smokes-for-votes debacle, Milstein went right back to raising money for the Party of the Little People. And the party gladly accepted. In 2001, Milstein-known campaign finance con artist-gave $50,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). In 2002, Milstein donated $100,000 to the Democratic National Committee (DNC), $50,000 to the DCCC, and $10,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC). In 2003, she donated $25,000 to the DNC and another $25,000 to the DCCC, in addition to $19,000 in hard money donations to congressional and presidential candidates, including Howard Dean, Joe Lieberman, and John Kerry. In 2004, Milstein has given at least $4,000 to the Friends of Hillary and $1,000 to the DCCC.”

NOTE: Monday afternoon IJR’s Kate Bennett posted that Abedin was still set for the Thursday fundraiser, which makes it more curious that the Clinton staffer wouldn’t answer on Tuesday whether Abedin was still on.

“As of now, there is no change to the event — Huma still on to host at the Georgetown home of philanthropist Constance Milstein. Min $1000.” (The $500 tickets sold out.)

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