When asked by MSNBC’s Chuck Todd if the price tag of $353,400 for a couple to be co-chairs of the event was “obscene” and Clooney agreed:
“Yes,” he said. “I think it’s an obscene amount of money. I think—you know that we had some protesters last night when we pulled up in San Francisco and they’re right to protest, they’re absolutely right, it is an obscene amount of money.
“The Sanders campaign when they talk about it is absolutely right. It’s ridiculous that we should have this kind of money in politics. I agree, completely.”
The lowest cost for a plate at the event was $33,400.
Clooney defended the fundraising saying that a majority of the money is going to help support down-ballot Democrats in November so that the Democratic party can win back the Senate.
He also spoke very favorably of Sanders saying that if he were nominated that he would help him fundraise.
In an interview with Sanders on Sunday morning, the Vermont Senator also had kind words for the actor, telling CNN’s State of the Union he had “a lot of respect for George Clooney’s honesty and integrity on this issue.”
Clinton leads Sanders in the polls by double digits in New York, where voting is to take place on April 19.
Clooney, in his interview with Todd, also said that he met with some of the protesters outside the San Francisco events saying:
“Their T-shirts said, you know, ‘You sucked as Batman,'” he said.
“And I was like, ‘Well, you kind of got me on that one.'”