A major fundraiser for the former Secretary of State and President Barack Obama’s biggest bundler, the DreamWorks Animation boss invited along George Lucas and his wife Mellody Hobson, Avatar director James Cameron – another big Clinton donor – as well as L.A. Olympics bid chief Casey Wasserman, an insider tells Deadline.
A co-host of the shindig tonight at the Clooneys, Katzenberg also invited along fellow co-hosts Haim and Cheryl Saban, and Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw. All of the co-hosts for the Clooney fundraiser have donated at least $100,000 dollars to the Hillary Victory Fund. Tonight’s fundraiser at Clooney’s Studio City home as well as an event last night in San Francisco is expected to haul in around $15 million in total for the Clinton campaign.
The Clooney-hosted fundraiser was ticketed to start around 7:00 but, as these things tend to go, things were running late. As with last night in San Francisco, pro-Bernie Sanders supporters have lined the streets outside the Clooney residence to protest the high-ticketed VIP event. Just a few minutes ago, they threw $1,000 in money at Clinton’s motorcade as she pulled up to the event. A pro-Bernie and anti-big money gathering was set to be held nearby at a neighbor of the Clooneys, too.
(10:08 PM UPDATE: Fox boss Jim Gianopulos, Grace & Frankie star Jane Fonda, CAA superagent Bryan Lourd and The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons were also among the approximately 150 attendees at the Clooney affair tonight. Exactly like Friday’s SF Clooney hosted dinner, co-chairs handed over $353,000 to get close(r) to the Oscar winning host, his wife and the candidate this evening.)
Earlier today, Clooney himself taped an appearance for Sunday’s Meet The Press where he agreed in spirit with these protesters, telling NBC’s Chuck Todd that “It’s ridiculous that we should have this kind of money in politics. I agree completely,” and adding that he considers the amount needed for such campaigns to be “obscene.”
Certainly the Hollywood ATM has proved a significant and reliable reservoir for the Clinton campaign. Tonight’s multi-million dollar Clooney event is the 26th fundraiser the ex-First Lady has had in L.A. since announcing her long expected latest run for the White House last year.
Also, long time supporters the Sabans, Cameron, and IAC Chairman Barry Diller were among just over a dozen of the most prominent deep-pocket donors revealed in a first quarter 2016 filing this weekend. The paperwork submitted to the Federal Election Commission by the Hillary Victory Fund late Friday revealed that all four have donated $353,000 each to the campaign. In total the Hillary Victory Fund raised over 33.2 million in the early period of this year.
Previous campaign filings have revealed that Katzenberg and Spielberg have donated $1 million to Clinton Super PACs.