Recently filed campaign finance disclosures show that Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) spent campaign funds to attend a $1 million Democratic fundraiser last year partying with top Hollywood elites.
Klobuchar spent more than $5,000 at the glamorous Beverly Hilton hotel and dropped another $772 on an LA limousine company in California last November. The senator was there to attend the fundraiser hosted at the home of John Legend and Chrissy Teigen in Beverly Hills.
The Beverly Hilton is one of the country’s most iconic hotels, known for hosting the Golden Globe Awards each year. The hotel welcomes guests who want to “stay among the stars” and operates three hotel facilities at its complex. Rooms start at about $400 per night, and suites can cost up to $4,700.
The event was attended by a star-studded collection of huge Democratic donors like J.J. Abrams and Jeffrey Katzenberg and actresses Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Kerry Washington. Klobuchar has been connected for years with Legend and Teigen. She came to their side publicly during a public row with President Donald Trump in 2019 and appeared with them in a famous photoshoot for Vanity Fair in 2015.
Klobuchar has worked hard to establish a “folksy demeanor during her political career.” Many long-time associates have said that she tries her best to give the appearance of being approachable. University of Minnesota political scientist Larry Jacobs said she has worked for 20 years to “create an ‘oh, shucks’ aura.”
Klobuchar’s 2020 primary campaign for president centered on her downhome commonsense approach to being an alternative to President Trump. However, her run was hampered by statements from staffers that the senator maintained a “toxic office environment” that included threatening emails, demands for personal chores, and office supplies being thrown in anger.
Klobuchar appears to be confident that Minnesota voters are not concerned with her taste for luxury living and socializing on donor contributions.