Hillary Clinton speaks at fundraiser hosted by Apple execs

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Hillary Clinton is in Silicon Valley today, raising money for her campaign warchest. She has already spoken to contributors at an event in Redwood City. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Hillary Clinton is in Silicon Valley today, raising money for her campaign war chest. She has already spoken to contributors at an event in Redwood City. She's at a second event at a private residence in Los Altos, co-hosted by two Apple executives.

There was plenty of excitement as supporters of the Democratic presidential candidate waited in a long line outside the Hotel Sofitel.

"I paid $1,000," said San Carlos resident Beth Fishback. "It was sort of a last minute. I believe my category is fighter. So fight on, I guess."

At lower levels, contributors at the campaign fundraisers have no expectations of getting time with secretary Clinton. However, James Johnson is different. He has been helping to raise money from friends for Clinton's campaign.

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Last Sunday, he was invited to a private function with Clinton's running mate Tim Kaine, where Johnson was able to impress upon him the importance of immigration reform.

"I think that's something I'm very passionate about, and being part of these events sometimes gives me special access to the people that are running the campaigns," Johnson said.


Johnson also took a selfie at Wednesday's fundraiser in Redwood City. The access question is one that could come up in the campaign. Questions have been raised if contributors to the Clinton Foundation had access when Mrs. Clinton was secretary of state.

Lisa Jackson, an Apple vice president is co-hosting a Los Altos fundraiser Wednesday afternoon with Apple CEO Tim Cook, and is also a board member of the Clinton Foundation.

"I think ideally we'd like to think it doesn't give anyone special access, but you know, people who have a certain income or come from a certain status. With that they they either know information or have access to networks or connections that can help candidates in certain ways," said Democratic supporter Julia Teixeira.

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