Thursday, April 16, 2015
Hillary Clinton's campaign confiscates cellphones and cameras before meetings in Iowa
Before meeting with former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Iowans had their cellphones and cameras confiscated.
"On Thursday, Clinton's motorcade left the SpringHill Suites for Main Street Cafe, where she met privately with party leaders for about an hour and a half.
"Pottawattamie County Democratic Chairwoman Linda Nelson said the meeting was so private that everyone invited was asked to hand over their cellphones and cameras before taking part," KETV in Omaha reported.
It is very unusual for cellphones and cameras of possible voters to be confiscated during a campaign stop, however, the Hillary folks are attempting to control here events as much as possible. Before launching her presidential campaign this past Sunday, Hillary's team held an off the record private meeting with several hand-picked reporters.
"Hillary Clinton's campaign team held an off-the-record dinner Thursday night in Washington, D.C., for roughly two dozen journalists and staff members at John Podesta's house, according to sources familiar with the matter.
"The dinner signals that the Clinton team is trying to engage with top reporters in the days before the former secretary of state's expected announcement of a 2016 presidential run. It also suggests the new campaign team is looking to change course from the toxic relationship with the press that plagued the 2008 race.
"Podesta, the campaign chairman and a seasoned cook, made a pasta with walnut sauce for the dinner guests, which included reporters from The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico, The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press and several major TV networks," Michael Calderone of the Huffington Post reported.