Vulnerable Dem senator attends Hollywood fundraiser with donor linked to discrimination scandal

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Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., recently left his farm to raise money in Hollywood with a high-profile Democratic donor tied to allegations of lending discrimination, which comes on the heels of the politician’s so- injured person who is also receiving fundraising support from an individual. linked to corruption allegations this past summer.

Tester was photographed at a fundraiser in Los Angeles on Nov. 4 after the Montana lawmaker allegedly pocketed astronomical amounts of campaign cash from the Golden State.

A similar fundraiser for Tester, with many of the same hosts, took place on June 27 — the same day the Montana Democrat was challenged by a heavily endorsed Republican candidate and former Navy SEAL Tim Sheehy. In the second and third quarters of this year, he raised nearly $1 million from donors in California.

“Jon Tester knows where his supporters are — and he’s definitely not Montana,” Montana Republican Party chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt told Fox News Digital. “Vote checkers like California’s Third Senator and liberal coastal elites know he’s in lockstep with their far-left agenda that’s crushing Montanans with inflation high, rising gas prices and higher taxes. Montanans are ready to retire liberal career politician Jon Tester and send a strong conservative to the US Senate in 2024,”


Tim Sheehy and Jon Tester

Republican Montana Senate candidate and former Navy SEAL Tim Sheehy (left) and Democratic Montana Sen. Jon Tester (right). (Tim Sheehy For Montana/Getty Images)

America’s Got Talent host Howie Mandel was listed as a guest at both fundraisers, which had a minimum hosting fee of $500 and a hosting fee of up to $6,600, according to flyers from the events.

Some of Tester’s fundraisers have also been linked to allegations of corruption and discrimination.

Russel Goldsmith, a former City National Bank executive who reached an agreement with the Department of Justice to pay $31 million in restitution for “redlining” in Los Angeles County in January 2023, at both June and November fundraisers.

During Goldsmith’s tenure as CEO and Chairman between 2017 and 2020, City National Bank allegedly “engaged in a pattern or practice of providing discrimination by providing “redlining” in County Los Angeles” and “avoiding the provision of mortgage loan services to majority Black and Hispanic neighborhoods in Los Angeles County and discouraging residents of those neighborhoods from obtaining loans mortgage,” according to a press release from the Department of Justice.

“Furthermore, City National has only opened one branch in a majority-Black and Hispanic area in the past twenty years, despite having opened or acquired 11 branches during that time.” that,” the DOJ press release continued.

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Goldsmith also hosted a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Democratic Montana Sen.  Jon Tester

Sen. Jon Tester is seeking re-election in 2024. (Win McNamee)

Thomas Safran, a real estate developer who was also listed on the brochure for Tester’s June event, where the Montana lawmaker was not present, is currently embroiled in a real estate corruption scandal after he embezzled tens of thousands of dollars given to LA city councilor’s wife. The consulting firm Curren Price was before Price planned to vote on projects related to Safran. Price was criminally charged with failing to disclose payments made to his wife before the vote.

Both the June and November events were hosted by Nancy Stephens and Rick Rosenthal, two of Hollywood’s top Democratic donors.

In the 2014 midterm elections, Stephens blamed the Democrats’ loss on voters “looking at orange is the new black as if it won elections!”

“Where is the disconnect? Is it voter ignorance, or lack of bragging about what this president has done, or is everyone just on Facebook or looking at Orange is the New Black like elections have no consequences!” Stephens told The Daily Beast after the election.

Senate candidate Tim Sheehy

GOP Senate candidate Tim Sheehy is trying to unseat Tester in 2024. (Tim Sheehy for the Senate Campaign)

Another scheduled guest was William Mutterperl, a former ESG-affiliated member of the BlackRock Board of Directors. According to the November flyer, the event was paid for by the Tester Impact Fund.

Tester’s campaign did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

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Tester announced in February that he would seek re-election in the Montana Senate while Democrats are defending 23 of the 34 Senate seats up for grabs in the next cycle.

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