Cory Booker hasn’t officially said he’s running to become New Jersey’s next Senator but Hollywood is planning to shovel money into his campaign treasure chest. Anointing Booker as Hollywood’s new favorite politician, invites went out this week for a “Special Evening In LA” April 25 fundraiser for the Newark Mayor at the Beverly Hills home of producer Jerry Weintraub and girlfriend, producer Susan Ekins. The event has a marquee host list that cuts across party lines and into deep wallets. It costs $5,000 a ticket to attend the fundraiser with the money going to Cory Booker For Senate. The event is one of eight the telegenic Democrat has lined up in the next two months in anticipation of a 2014 run to replace departing fellow Democrat Frank Lautenberg in the heavily Blue state. The Beverly Hills fundraiser certainly shows that backing a potential winner cuts across party lines. Republicans like Bush family confidante Weintraub and Bruce Willis are listed on the invite but so are avowed Democrats like Jeffrey Katzenberg, who was one of the largest single contributors to Barack Obama’s reelection, Steven Spielberg and new Star Wars director J.J. Abrams and their wives Kate Capshaw and Katie McGrath.
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A lot of familiar names that raised millions at the numerous fundraisers the President held in Hollywood last year are also hosting the Booker event. Disney CEO Bob Iger, Rob Reiner and his wife Michelle, Marilyn Katzenberg, the GOP leaning Terry Semel, Netflix’s content boss Ted Sarandos and his wife Nicole Avant, who was Ambassador to the Bahamas in Obama’s first term are also listed as hosts. As are the outgoing and incoming Warner Bros CEOs Barry Meyer and Kevin Tsujihara, SONY CEO Michael Lynton and his wife Jamie, TV Academy head and Warner Bros president of TV Bruce Rosenblum, HBO programming President Michael Lombardo and partner Sony Ward. Warner Bros Film Group President Jeff Robinov and Disney’s President of Motion Picture production Sean Bailey, CAA’s Bryan Lourd and Kevin Huvane, Star Trek Into Darkness co-scribe Damon Lindelof, actor Troy Garity, Starz CEO Chris Albrecht, HBO’s James Costos and his partner designer Michael Smith, producer Steve Bing, and Will Smith’s business partner James Lassiter and wife Mai round out the Hollywood crowd hosting Booker next month.