The Right Party

Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.


The Right Party

Esprit gets between Clinton and his Calvin.

#167 Ron Burkle, 44, Los Angeles, Calif. Party: D. $132,000 total contributions.

View Burkle’s itemized contributions.

Food 4 Less supermarket mogul Ron Burkle threw the Hollywood political event last September, raising $4 million from a guest list that included Steven Spielberg (#52), Lew R. Wasserman (#18), Rob Reiner (#205), and Sharon Stone. Partygoers enjoyed a show starring the Eagles (with #51 Don Henley), co-host Barbra Streisand (#364), and emcee Tom Hanks (not to mention comic relief by Mother Jones‘ Paula Poundstone).

Bill Clinton was also in attendance, and according to a DNC source, co-host David Geffen (#42) arranged to have close friend Calvin Klein seated next to the president. Esprit co-founder Susie Tompkins (#90) noted the two men together and worried that the president would be photographed next to Klein, whose CK Jeans ad campaign had been lambasted as kiddie porn by conservatives — and both Clintons. Aides swapped the president’s seat, and the first lady wound up sitting next to Klein. No photos or reports of the incident ever surfaced.

Next Profile | MoJo 400 Central

 

The 400 List:

Browse
The full Mother Jones 400 list.

Profiles
Meet the people with political pull.

 

Searches:

Individuals
Search the top 400 political donors by name, industry, state, or contribution amount.

Itemized Contributions
The details of every donation, searchable by donor, recipient, date, amount, and more.

 

Discuss:

Money & Politics
Is campaign finance reform the way to a better government?

THE TRUTH IS...

what drives Mother Jones' team of 50-plus journalists. The truth is powerful, as evidenced by how hard those with something to hide, or profit to gain, seek to discredit it. The truth, stated boldly and reported meticulously, is what draws so many readers to Mother Jones.

And the truth is, going into the final 4 days of the year we still needed to raise $TK to hit our $350,000 goal and start 2021 on track. It's nerve-wracking, wondering if the big spike we normally see at the end of December is going to be another thing that doesn't go as planned in 2020, or worse, if, now that Donald Trump is set to leave the White House (for longer than a taxpayer-funded golf trip to a property he owns), folks might be pulling back from fighting for the truth and a democracy and think the hard work is done.

It's not, and if you can right now, please consider a year-end donation to support our team's fearless nonprofit journalism so we can close that big fundraising gap and finish the year strong, ready for all that's ahead in 2021. Whether you can give $5 or $500, it all matters in keeping us charging hard, and we'd be grateful.

payment methods

THE TRUTH IS...

what drives Mother Jones' team of 50-plus journalists. The truth is powerful, as evidenced by how hard those with something to hide, or profit to gain, seek to discredit it. The truth, stated boldly and reported meticulously, is what draws so many readers to Mother Jones.

And the truth is, going into the final 4 days of the year we still needed to raise $TK to hit our $350,000 goal and start 2021 on track. It's nerve-wracking, wondering if the big spike we normally see at the end of December is going to be another thing that doesn't go as planned in 2020, or worse, if, now that Donald Trump is set to leave the White House (for longer than a taxpayer-funded golf trip to a property he owns), folks might be pulling back from fighting for the truth and a democracy and think the hard work is done.

It's not, and if you can right now, please consider a year-end donation to support our team's fearless nonprofit journalism so we can close that big fundraising gap and finish the year strong, ready for all that's ahead in 2021. Whether you can give $5 or $500, it all matters in keeping us charging hard, and we'd be grateful.

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate