Hillary Clinton sets $50 million first-quarter fundraising goal

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  • Clinton starts a fundraising schedule this month that includes events with Warren Buffett, Michael Bolton, lobbyists and several Democratic members of Congress
  • Clinton has been the top Democratic fund-raiser in 2016's campaign so far, hauling in $112 million

Washington (CNN)Hillary Clinton has set a fundraising goal of $50 million for the first three months of 2016.

The Democratic presidential front-runner's target between now and March was unveiled on a National Finance Committee call her campaign held on Wednesday.
    It comes as Clinton starts a fundraising schedule this month that includes events with Warren Buffett, Michael Bolton, lobbyists and several Democratic members of Congress.
    She'll be aided this month by husband Bill Clinton, who has taken on a higher-profile role on the campaign trail, and daughter Chelsea Clinton, who will ride onto the fundraising circuit with a SoulCycle spin class as part of a schedule of at least 10 solo events.
    In the finance committee call, the campaign delivered a slick presentation highlighting what it accomplished in 2015.
    One highlight: 63% of Clinton's donors are women, including 286 whose name is Hillary.
    The campaign noted that 57% of the Democratic delegates will be selected between Iowa's February 1 caucuses and the end of March, with the vast majority being divvied up between Clinton, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley in March.
    Clinton's first-quarter fundraising push kicks off Thursday with three Los Angeles-area events. She headlines a $2,700-per-person event with Buffett, which is being hosted by Karen Mack Goldsmith, a CBS producer, and Russell Goldsmith, the chairman of City National Bank.
    She'll also raise money Thursday at the Jim Henson Company Lot in an event hosted by Lisa Henson, the CEO of The Jim Henson Company, and David Pressler, an animator and character designer. The event is a family fundraiser, meaning tickets allow parents and children in.
    California Democratic Rep. Judy Chu will also host Clinton for a $2,700-per-person fundraiser in the San Gabriel Valley.
    On Friday, Clinton travels to Northern California for three fundraisers: one hosted by San Francisco-area real-estate developer Diana Nelson, one family event at the Innovation Hanger in San Francisco and one hosted by Sarah and Greg Sands, the managing partner at Costanoa Venture Capital, in Palo Alto.
    Clinton also plans to visit Detroit on Tuesday for a fundraiser with Bolton. She'll be in Washington the following day for evening events hosted by lobbyist Rob Shapiro and Rep. John Delaney, D-Maryland.
    Next Wednesday, Clinton travels to New York for a fundraiser hosted by David Lichtenstein, CEO of The Lightstone Group, one of the largest privately-owned real-estate companies in the country.
    She'll be in Louisiana on January 19 for a fundraiser hosted by Frances and Calvin Fayard, along with co-hosts former Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the brother-sister combination from the powerful Democratic family. The same day she'll be in Charlotte, North Carolina, for a fundraiser hosted by Philip Blumenthal, director of the Blumenthal Foundation. And she'll visit Houston for a "family celebration" fundraiser.
    She'll move from Houston to San Antonio the next day, and then Beaumont, Texas, for a fundraiser hosted by Rubina and Tahir Javed.
    Clinton has been the top Democratic fund-raiser in 2016's campaign so far, hauling in $112 million since she launched her bid for the White House last April.
    But Sanders has struck too close for the Clinton campaign's comfort, raising $73 million in 2015 through a prodigious online operation that took in more than 2.5 million donations, mostly for small dollar amounts, from 1 million contributors.
    Clinton has carried much of the fundraising burden herself, raising $21 million of her $37 million in 2015's fourth quarter at 58 events she headlined.