The former Secretary of State told a sold-out fundraiser of more than 200 Tinseltown supporters tonight that she isn’t running for Bill Clinton or Barack Obama’s third terms but her own first term. Hillary Clinton’s remarks were made in the backyard of Tobey Maguire and his wife Jennifer Meyer’s Brentwood home on Friday. Long time supporters Leonardo DiCaprio, Pitch Perfect 2 director and Hunger Games star Elizabeth Banks and Homeland EP Howard Gordon were among the well-heeled crowd nibbling on a low-key spread of hors d’oevres and sipping wine and soft drinks.
The once and potentially future White House resident also talked about growing the economy for the middle class and expanding opportunities for the LGBT community if she becomes America’s first female Commander-in-Chief. The threat of ISIS, clean energy and reaching across the aisle to pass legislation with the likes of now GOP candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham were among the other topics Clinton touched on in what one attendee described as “a stump speech.” In contrast to President Obama’s remarks at his own set of DNC L.A. fundraisers on Thursday, Clinton did not mention the fatal shootings in Charleston, S.C. that occurred earlier this week.
Meyer, hostess and daughter of NBCUniversal Vice Chairman Ron Meyer, introduced Clinton on Friday night. Jennifer Meyer told the gathering about how the 42nd President of the United States told her in 2004 that no one in America was more qualified to be President than his wife. Expected to raise more than $500,000 for her 2016 Presidential bid, the 7 PM $2,700 a ticket event was Clinton’s third fundraiser of the day. With a $1 million total haul, today’s visit to the Hollywood ATM was the ex-New York Senator’s second set of L.A. donorfests in less than 2 months.
Earlier Friday, Clinton was feted at another $2,700 per ticket fundraiser at the home of HBO’s president of programming Michael Lombardo and his partner Sonny Ward. Before that 5 PM event, the candidate attended a donor lunch at the BevHills home of Westfield co-CEO Peter Lowy and his wife Janine. That event was also $2,700 a ticket, which is the maximum an individual can contribute during the primary season.
No word yet on when Hillary will be back in L.A. but, as with Obama this week, expect frequent fundraisers over the next year and a half and beyond if she wins. Also, other Democratic contenders like former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley are coming to town soon with cup in hand. Can Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders be far behind?