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Trump Fundraisers: No Press Allowed; Same Goes for Clinton

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By    |   Wednesday, 24 Aug 2016 03:41 PM

Donald Trump's fundraisers are much less frequent than those of Hillary Clinton, but the Republican nominee is charging much more per event than his Democratic counterpart.

One similarity, however, is that both candidates are keeping the press out of these private get-togethers, much to the chagrin of those who press for more transparency from candidates.

CNBC reports that Clinton is holding many more fundraisers than Trump, but that the maximum price she requests from a donor is generally $50,000, while the real estate mogul is demanding almost half a million dollars per couple at some of his events.

Trump has criticized Clinton for having so many of these events that it limits her time on the campaign trail.

"Hillary Clinton is in hiding because she doesn't want to face voters or even the press," Trump campaign spokesman Jason Miller told Fox News. "With a track record like that, you'd be in hiding too."

But while the Republican nominee is certainly out in public more, he also is keeping the press away from his get-togethers with donors.

"The public has a right to know what the candidates are saying [in these fundraisers], since these are the people who will likely have the most influence with the candidate," Campaign Legal Center General Counsel Larry Noble told The Wall Street Journal.

What the two candidates are doing this election is the opposite of the practice of President Barack Obama, who allowed the press to be present at most of his fundraising events in the 2008 campaign and has continued doing so throughout most of his eight years in office.

The White House Correspondents' Association has so far unsuccessfully tried to convince both campaigns to change their stance, recommending that a pool of reporters be permitted to be present for the nominees' remarks at such events.

The Sunlight Foundation, a non-profit organization which presses for increased transparency and accountability in government, said the candidates' attitude is counterproductive.

"You're basically sowing the seeds of secrecy and making people suspicious about what is happening," Sunlight writer Melissa Yeager told the Journal. "It's absolutely possible that they're doing everything right, but we have no way of knowing."

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