His re-election is a year away and as much of a sure thing as anything can be in politics but Hollywood moguls unsurprisingly are already opening up their check books for Jerry Brown now. A $1,000 to $27,200 a ticket November 21 fundraiser for the Democratic incumbent has been scheduled at Disney Studios boss Alan Horn and his wife Cindy’s Bel Air home. Maybe the studio chieftains who are co-hosting the event will want to talk to the Governor about the state’s Film and TV tax credits program that everyone but he seems to want raised when it comes up for renewal next year. And make no mistake, this is an unofficial studio chieftains conference that even out shines the fundraiser Barack Obama had at Peter Chernin’s place in June. Warner Bros’ Barry Meyer and Kevin Tsujihara as well as Fox’s Jim Gianopulos, who was at the Obama event, Universal’s Ron Meyer, Paramount’s Brad Grey, Sony’s Michael Lynton and DreamWorks Animation’s Jeffrey Katzenberg all serving as co-hosts also with Steven Spielberg and David Geffen. Following up on his support last month of a Hollywood visit by Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes to raise money to challenge Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell, this is another move by Katzenberg positioning himself as a big donor for the midterms like he did for last year’s Presidential election. All of the co-hosts have pledged to raise $54,440 each for Brown’s upcoming campaign. Former Connecticut Senator and current MPAA head Chris Dodd is also co-hosting along with his studio purse holders. Having been Governor of California from 1973 to 1984, the now 75-year-old Brown was elected back to Sacramento in 2010. Hollywood was in his corner with cash then too.
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