UPDATE, 7:30 PM: With Israeli food on offer and a backroom for big shots, Hillary Clinton pulled in nearly $2 million tonight in a 2016 presidential campaign fundraiser at Haim Saban’s house in Beverly Hills. That payout is almost the same as the record-breaking haul the former Secretary of State landed last fall in a West L.A. event for the Democratic National Committee.
The event kicked off around 6:30 PM PT and not long afterward, co-organizer Casey Wasserman introduced Clinton to the assembled crowd of almost 700 paying guests. Among those in attendance: longtime Democratic supporter Peter Chernin, Starz chief Chris Albrecht, Lionsgate’s Rob Friedman and Stevie Wonder. Tickets for the event went for $2,700 a pop, the maximum allowed during primary season under campaign finance laws, and the same amount the former First Lady’s previous two L.A. fundraiser stops went for earlier today.
Echoing themes from her remarks from her Steven Bochco-hosted lunch earlier in the afternoon, Clinton touched on topics including mental health care and awareness, affordable health care and strengthening the middle class. Clinton heads up to the Bay Area tomorrow for more fundraisers, tonight’s financial results certainly mean Hollywood will be seeing much more of the candidate in the months leading up to November 2016 — especially if she can pack in more days that bring almost $3 million to her campaign.
PREVIOUS, 1:09 PM: At a fundraising lunch today at Steven Bochco’s Pacific Palisades home, former Secretary ofState and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton showed that her support in Hollywood is rock solid. Among the guests paying $2,700 a ticket for the 11:30 AM event for Clinton were sitcom kingpin Chuck Lorre, Norman Lear, former cable mogul Marc Nathanson, Homeland executive producer Howard Gordon, Masters Of Sex EP Michelle Ashford, and Extant EP Greg Walker.
Introducing her former Senate colleague, retiring California Sen. Barbara Boxer reminded the crowd of the work that Clinton, who was a U.S. senator from New York in 2001, has done for 9/11 responders in the last decade.
About 290 people attended the luncheon, which raised roughly three-quarters of a million dollars. The $2,700-a-ticket price tag for both the Bochco and this evening’s Haim Saban event is the maximum amount an individual can contribute during the primary phase of the presidential campaign.
Clinton spoke to the crowd about the importance of creating educational opportunities for America’s children and told them that the reason she decided to run for president this time was because of the kind of world she wanted for her newly born granddaughter. She also discussed, as she has on previous occasions since announcing her bid for the White House last month, issues of national security, mass incarceration, affordable health care and creating opportunities for small businesses.
Also hitting Las Vegas and San Francisco up for cash on this current swing out West, Clinton made her first official campaign visit to the ATM of Hollywood on Thursday to start filling up her 2016 war chest.
Besides the lunch at the NYPD Blue producer’s pad, the former First Lady started the day with a 7:30 AM breakfast and will end it with a dinner at the Beverly Hills home of longtime supporter Saban and his wife Cheryl. The breakfast was at the Westwood home of Catherine Unger, a member of the Women’s Political Committee. Organized by the Power Rangers billionaire and Casey Wasserman, the evening gathering is supposed to kick off around 6:30 PM.
In between the lunch at the Bochcos and dinner at the Sabans, Clinton is scheduled to meet privately with donors of the Priorities USA super PAC. One big Priorities USA supporter Clinton won’t be meeting with is Jeffrey Katzenberg. While having raised $27,000 for the Saban event and garnered the honorary title of co-host, the Obama mega-bundler, the avowed Clinton backer and DreamWorks Animation boss is out of town, I hear.