Clinton to hold fundraiser in Birmingham on May 1

Chad Livengood
Detroit News Lansing Bureau

Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton will hold her third fundraiser in Michigan in the past year on the same day she headlines the Detroit Branch NAACP’s 61st Annual Fight for Freedom Fund dinner next month.

Clinton will attend a May 1 fundraiser at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, according to an online campaign invitation for Michigan supporters.

The invitation does not include a time for the fundraiser.

But the former U.S. Secretary of State is scheduled to be the keynote speaker that night at the Detroit Branch NAACP’s dinner, which begins at 5 p.m. at Cobo Center. Tickets for the NAACP dinner are $150 and the proceeds benefit the civil rights group’s initiatives in Detroit.

Tickets for the Clinton fundraiser range from $500 to the $2,700 maximum contribution individuals can donate to her campaign, according to the invitation.

Both May 1 events will be Clinton’s first campaign stop in Michigan since she lost the state’s March 8 presidential primary to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Sanders upset Clinton by 17,168 votes, capturing 49.7 percent of the primary vote.

Clinton’s last fundraiser in Michigan was a Jan. 12 event at the Marriott at the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit featuring singer Michael Bolton.

In July, Clinton held a $2,700-a-ticket fundraiser at the Grosse Pointe home of Democratic political strategist Jill Alper and her husband, David Katz.

After Tuesday’s New York primary, there are 19 remaining contests in the Democratic primaries.

Clinton leads Sanders in total nominating delegates, 1,758 to 1,076. She needs 2,383 delegates to clinch the nomination.

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