An auction of documents that Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, purchased and used during the 2016 presidential campaign raised more than $1 million on Saturday for the charity of choice for Democrats: the American Red Cross.
Auctioneer Howard Hughes told the Associated Press he took in $750,000 in proceeds from the sale of Clinton’s emails and other documents to the American National Red Cross, which provides financial aid to people who are displaced due to war, natural disasters, or natural disasters.
Hughes said the auction raised more money than he anticipated for a single auction.
“The whole thing was very exciting.
We had a lot of excitement about it,” Hughes said.
He said he was also thrilled with the fact that he raised $600,000 for the American Medical Association’s Women’s Crisis Response Team.
The documents, which include emails, are among thousands of documents Clinton and former President Barack Obama bought and used for personal use during the campaign.
In addition to the emails, Hughes said Clinton also received personal messages, including a message from a young woman who said she wanted to help with her grandmother’s funeral.
Hughes, a former chief executive of the Chicago Cubs, said he and his partner, Tom DeSantis, also collected donations of jewelry, electronics, jewelry, handbags and furniture, among other items, from more than 1,000 donors, many of whom are not registered as donors to charities.
The documents were auctioned by Hughes and DeSantes, who were previously working with the American Bankers Association to raise money for the organization.
Howard Hughes said he has no plans to sell the emails.
We are not going to auction them.
It is important that people understand that the records that are now out there are the documents that were obtained through criminal activity,” Hughes told The Hill.
At a news conference on Saturday, Hughes announced that the American Legion and the American Civil Liberties Union, among others, had agreed to donate their holdings of emails.
Huges said he hopes the auction will raise funds for those groups.
Hillary Clinton’s former campaign chairman, John Podesta, was not involved in the sale.
Former President Bill and Hillary Clinton speak during the closing ceremony of the Democratic National Convention on July 28, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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