Hillary Clinton fundraiser could set record

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton gets ready to sign papers to be on the nation's earliest presidential primary ballot, Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, at The Secretary of State's office in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Hillary Clinton could raise more money here Tuesday evening than any other Democratic candidate has ever raised in Buffalo.

Mitt Romney once raised about a million dollars, and other Republican candidates have come close, but when it comes to Democrats, $300,000 could set a new benchmark.

The Hyatt Regency’s Grand Ballroom is already on lock down by the Secret Service, and the marketing manager couldn’t get too specific about the preparations for Tuesday evening’s fundraiser for the presidential candidate.

“We’re extremely excited to have Ms. Clinton here.” said Bryan Messer. “At this point, nothing I can really share but I know of course, there’s gonna be staff extra security most likely. We’re here to provide a great service for Ms. Clinton and hopefully everything goes well for her tomorrow.”

Erie County democratic Chairman Jeremy Zellner says the event was originally planned for EB Greene’s Restaurant, but had to be moved upstairs to the Grand Ballroom. “It looks like we’re gonna have more than two hundred people and raise north of $300,000.”

It’ll be a 6:15pm cocktail party. the tickets are a thousand dollars each. If you want your picture taken with the the presidential Candidate, it’s $2,700.

“I think this is gonna be the largest democratic fundraiser for a presidential candidate in the history of Buffalo, and we are really excited about that.” said Zellner. “It shows her expanse of donors and people who benefited from her being a Senator here. You’ve got the people from the medical corridor, agriculture, arts and culturals, all want to support her for the great work she did here in Western New York.”

Being a former first lady, and one of the front running presidential candidates, Zellner says security will be tight. “A lot of these national campaigns do not do media availabilities. She’ll have such limited time, access is gonna be tight.”

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