Hillary Clinton’s political and philanthropic interests met Sunday near the tip of South Texas, as she raised money for her family’s foundation from a top donor to the Super-PAC trying to entice her to run for president.
Alonzo Cantu, a construction titan and chairman of the board of Lone Star National Bank, hosted a $25,000-per-person VIP dinner for the former first lady’s Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation in conjunction with a $1,000-per-ticket appearance she made for Doctors Hospital at Renaissance in Edinburg, according to The Monitor, a South Texas newspaper.
Cantu, a leading bundler of donations to Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, has given $25,000 to the Ready for Hillary Super-PAC, the maximum contribution accepted by the organization. The Texas rainmaker also was one of several Clinton allies who contributed to the unsuccessful campaign that Ready for Hillary Executive Director Adam Parkhomenko ran for a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates in 2009.
“One thing has nothing to do with the other,” Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said of his boss raising money for the foundation from a top Ready For Hillary donor. “They are an independent entity acting entirely on their own.”
Merrill declined to confirm whether Clinton attended the private dinner at Cantu’s home.
Clinton said she “would make a decision soon” about running for president in 2016, The Monitor quoted Abby Reyna, an attendee of Clinton’s speech and question-and-answer session for Doctors Hospital, as saying afterward. State Rep. Bobby Guerra, D-Mission, had a different take, telling the paper, “She said she would make a decision at sometime in the future, at the appropriate time.”