The winner of the GOP primary in South Carolina took a direct hit from Hillary Clinton today at a Hollywood fundraiser. “There are a number of reasons to defeat Donald Trump, but chief among them is security,” the former Secretary of State told the crowd this evening at the Hancock Park home of manager/producer Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and her MarketShare co-founder husband Jon Vein.
“It’s quite a troubling vision,” Clinton added of the POVs put forth by the former Apprentice host and the other remaining GOP contenders, according to sources at the private event. “And it’s not just Trump. It’s all of them.” Clinton took aim at Trump’s plan to ban Muslims, go beyond waterboarding and other remarks as making it hard for the U.S. to gain the support of traditional allies in the War on Terror.
Among the Hollywood set in attendance among the more than 300 guests were longtime Clinton supporter Haim Saban, The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons and Star Trek alum George Takei. Billed as an Evening With Hillary at the Maze Runner producer and Gotham/Principal manager’s pad, tickets for Clinton’s second L.A. fundraiser of the day were going from $2,700 a piece to $10,000 and up to $27,000 for a full package of individual photo and more with the candidate. Earlier in the day, Clinton had a 3 – 5 PM equally pricey Conversation With Hillary event at the home of Elizabeth Hirsh Naftali and Anita Hirsh, also in Studio City.
Today’s trio of fundraisers in Studio City – the Mayor Eric Garcetti hosted one in Hancock Park and another at the SLS Hotel – are the seventh time the former First Lady has been out to L.A. looking for Hollywood cash since she formally announced her much expected President run last spring. Clinton has raised around $7 million from Hollywood donors this primary season, not including money that the various super PACS like Priorities USA has hovered up.
However, with a hugely successful online grassroots effort, rival Bernie Sanders beat Clinton in fundraising in January and looks likely to do the same in February despite narrowly losing the Nevada caucuses to the ex-NY Senator this past weekend. While the beneficiary of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ concerts and more, the Vermont Senator has not engaged in the $2,700 to $27,000 a ticket deep pocket events like Clinton (and before her, President Barack Obama) routinely does.
Heading into the South Carolina primary on the weekend, Clinton and Sanders are neck and neck delegatewise with the former having 52 to the latter’s 51. The ex-SecOfState has a massive lead over her rival in the super delegates of Democratic Party office holders and power brokers. Sanders and Clinton will both be participating in another CNN-hosted town hall tomorrow.
Before starting up on the California fundraising trail today, Clinton participated in a Facebook Q&A. Unlike Trump and Sanders, Clinton has not given a press conference in month while out hustling for votes and cash.
UPDATE, 9:45 PM: Hillary Clinton obviously knows a thing or two about scandal and she proved it tonight. The former First Lady swung by the set of Scandal to hang out with President Fitzgerald Grant AKA Tony Goldwyn and fellow actor Scott Foley late Monday. Directing an episode of the ABC drama from HRC supporter Shonda Rhimes, Foley posted news of Clinton’s visit on social media:
— scott foley (@scottkfoley) February 23, 2016
— Darby Stanchfield (@darbysofficial) February 23, 2016