Even though Hillary Clinton has been the front-runner for the Democratic nomination in the 2016 presidential race since she declared her candidacy in April, the former U.S. secretary of state is embarking on a swing of fund-raising events this week that will be hosted by such famous stars as actress Drew Barrymore and Sting, the popular musician.
This move is taking place after a recent NBC News poll showed that she still leads Bernie Sanders by double digits, but among millennials who were born between 1980 and the mid-2000s, more than half support the socialist senator from Vermont.
According to an article in the Washington Times by Kelly Riddell, the kickoff will take place on Tuesday, when Garrison Keillor -- a liberal author who is best known for hosting the Minnesota Public Radio show A Prairie Home Companion -- will put on an event in Minneapolis for the former U.S. senator from New York.
Then on Wednesday, billionaire investor Warren Buffett will hold an event for Clinton in Omaha. A ticket for the private reception at Buffett’s fund-raiser is going for $27,000, according to the Sunlight Foundation’s database.
Next, Barrymore will contribute to the fund-raising by hosting a party on Thursday in New York, where the guests will include the Democratic candidate's daughter, Chelsea; the actress's husband, Will Kopelman; and designer Randy Florke.
Later that evening, Sting will host an event to raise money for the Hillary Victory Fund. Former president Bill Clinton will headline the event, with tickets going for at least $33.400.
In addition, Clinton is attempting to reach millennials by appearing on the Comedy Central network's Broad City program.
Lawrence Bonk of the Ijreview.com website notes that the 30-minute episodes feature Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glaser as 20-something best friends who are trying to navigate New York despite the fact that their “adventures” always lead down unexpected and bizarre paths.
As detailed in the NBC poll -- which indicated that only about one-fourth of millennials support Clinton -- Bonk stated: “Hillary Clinton has her work cut out for her in regard to winning the younger generation’s votes.”
“To that end, Clinton just made a bold move in order to pander to the 'Smartphone Generation,'” he stated. by “appearing on the immensely popular” show. “It looks like Clinton will be appearing at some point during the show's upcoming third season.”
“This isn’t the first time that Hillary Clinton has aligned herself with Hollywood celebrities,” Bonk concluded. “She has appeared on numerous talk shows, Saturday Night Live and even an episode of wrestling program WWE Raw.”
As NewsBusters previously reported, many liberal celebrities have been enthusiastically supporting Clinton ever since she joined the 2016 race back in April.
The list includes Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio, Richard Gere, Rob Reiner, Barbra Streisand, Tobey Maguire, Kate Hudson, Magic Johnson, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, Richard Gere, Meredith Baxter, Glee alum Chris Colfer and Kick-Ass teen star Chloe Grace Moretz (who gushed over how she cried when she met Hillary).
However, not all of Clinton's attempts to reach millennials have been well received. In late September, new Daily Show host Trevor Noah mocked the candidate's interview with liberal actress Lena Dunham.
The Comedy Central comedian stated that while “Lena was excited about Hillary, … Hillary didn't seem excited about Hillary.”
Noah then played a clip in which Clinton remarked:
Sometimes it is, you know, choices between people that none of whom excite you, but study it enough to figure out, okay, if I vote for this person over that person, I'm more likely to see progress on something I care about. If you can't get excited, be pragmatic and do it anyway.
The liberal host responded: “That is the worst hype speech I've ever heard in my life. 'Are you ready for Hillary Clintonnnnnnnnnn?' I know you're not, but put your hands together anyway! The other choices are worse, according to her!”
With less than 11 months to go before the election next November, Clinton has apparently realized she has a problem connecting to young adult voters and is trying to turn things around.
That might just happen if she uses the campaign cash she is raising this week from her Hollywood supporters to close the gap between her and the millennials across the country.