President Barack Obama “doesn’t get the credit he deserves” for getting America out of the Great Recession, the potential successor to the current Oval Office occupant told over 400 well-heeled paying supporters tonight. In clear front-runner mode, Hillary Clinton was addressing a packed crowd Monday night at former The Voice judge Christina Aguilera’s home.
The former First Lady’s audience included Katie Holmes, Muse frontman Matt Bellamy and music mogul Irving Azoff, among others. Past Clinton contributors Michael Kives and Darnell Strom of CAA were among the official hosts of the shindig.
Introducing Clinton’s remarks on her now usual themes of climate change, equal pay for equal work, affordable college, mental health care, immigration reform, gun control and slamming her unnamed GOP challengers like Donald Trump, Aguilera told the guests that “Hillary is a force of nature” and that she was “proud to be supporting her for my daughter.”
As she has proven before, Clinton is certainly a force of fundraising nature.
Back in L.A. for her fifth time at the always dependable Tinseltown ATM since declaring her candidacy this spring, the former Secretary of State’s sold out fundraiser tonight at the Beverly Hills’ home of Aguilera and her fiancé Matthew Rutler is estimated to have raised over $1 million, according to sources close to the event. The evening saw supporters paying out $10,000 each for 4-tickets for the event where Aguilera sang. Ex-4 Non Blondes frontwoman Linda Perry also performed as did band Great Big World and rapper Futuristic. .
Staying overnight in town, Clinton will be taping an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday afternoon to be broadcast tomorrow night. Before that she has a sold out Conversation With Hillary breakfast at Rob and Michele Reiner’s Brentwood pad on Thursday morning. Tickets for that chow down went from$500 to $2,700 each with $27,000 bundlers getting a private VIP reception with the POTUS hopeful. The ex-NY Senator finishes this latest Hollywood cash grab with an afternoon event at the Hancock Park home of NBCUniversal exec Joe Watz and Cynthia Telles, Director of UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute Spanish-speaking Psychosocial Clinic.
Clinton is expected to be back in SoCal at least one more time before Christmas, sources say.