Posted by: Singh Is King | Sunday, November 4, 2007

Clintons invited to Bakersfield by Sikh community

hclin.jpg The hosts are confident Hillary and Bill Clinton will be on hand for a breakfast fundraiser Nov. 18 at the Kern County Fairgrounds, even though campaign managers won’t confirm their attendance.

Whether the presidential hopeful or former president show up or not, Kern County is turning out to be a fundraising hotbed for Hillary Clinton, in large part due to strong support from the local Sikh community.Clinton, a Democrat, has pulled in at least $158,600 from Kern donors, a Californian analysis of contributions reported as of Monday shows.

That’s more than five times as much as the next candidate, Republican Mitt Romney, with $30,800 in local contributions.

If Clinton shows, she’ll be the first among the current crop of presidential hopefuls to come to town. In late September, Romney canceled an appearance planned for Dewar’s Candy.

The Clinton fundraiser is being held the same day as the annual Guru Nanak celebration honoring the birth of the Sikh religion’s founder. Festivities include a parade and religious service.

Sharnjit Dhaliwal, spokeswoman for the host group, Sikh Americans for Hillary ’08, said the community has become more politically active in recent years.

Kern is home to about 30,000 Sikhs, Dhaliwal estimated.

One thousand seats will be available for the fundraiser, with tickets costing $1,500 to $2,300. (See sidebar for details.)

Fundraiser details

When: Morning of Nov. 18

Where: Kern County Fairgrounds on South P Street

Who: Hosted by local group, Sikh Americans for Hillary ’08

How many: 1,000 seats

How much: Tickets are $2,300 a plate for VIP seats, $1,500 otherwise

More: For tickets and other information, call Randeep Dhillon at 695-1027, Sharnjit Dhaliwal at 204-9464 or Dr. Shivinder Deol at 703-0000.


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