Rock icon Eric Clapton helped Democrat presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. raise $2.2 million during a private fundraiser event in Los Angeles on Monday.
“Hi, Robert. Hi everybody. I just want to say I’m looking forward to seeing you all soon at this gig for truth, unity, peace, and prosperity with the Kennedy team,” Clapton said in a video message ahead of Monday night’s fundraiser.
“See you soon.”
The $2.2 million includes $1 million towards Kennedy’s campaign and $1.2 million for a political action committee supporting the Democrat candidate.
Tickets for the fundraiser went between $3,300 and to up $6,600.
Kennedy thanked Clapton for performing at the private fundraiser in a statement issued Tuesday.
“I am deeply grateful to Eric Clapton for bringing his musical artistry and rebellious spirit to my gathering in Los Angeles last night,” Kennedy said.
“I sometimes think that in our divided society, it is music rather than any kind of intellectual agreement that has the most potential to bring us together again.”
“Eric sings from the depths of the human condition. If he sees in me the possibility of bringing unity to our country, it is only possible because artists like him invoke a buried faith in the limitless power of human beings to overcome any obstacle,” Kennedys added.
The Hollywood Reporter noted that Clapton and Kennedy have spoken out against COVID-19 vaccines.