New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Taps Hollywood for Re-Election Cash (Exclusive)
Even though the 2014 New York gubernatorial election is still two years away, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is heading west to Los Angeles to bolster his campaign coffers, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The governor -- still fresh from his victory securing marriage equality in New York -- will arrive on December 2 for a reception and dinner co-hosted by Hollywood reliables Rob and Michele Reiner, Steve Bing, Katie McGrath and J.J. Abrams, Candy Spelling, Darren Star, Chris Albrecht, Kevin Huvane, and Laura and Casey Wasserman, among others.
The event will be held at the Los Angeles home of interior designer and White House decorator Michael S. Smith and his partner, HBO executive James Costos. (Smith and Costos, who also maintain a residence in New York, have become key Democratic fund-rasiers, bringing in more than $1 million for Barack Obama's re-election campaign. )
Cuomo has long been a Hollywood favorite, partially because of the family name. Industry politicos have held fund-raisers for every office he's ever sought. But this time around, it's different. It's much more personal, especially for the industry's marriage equality activists, who watched in awe as Cuomo masterminded New York's gay marriage law.
Hollywood political consultant Chad Griffin, one of the leaders in the fight against Prop. 8, is also hosting the gathering, along with Wallis Annenberg, Vanessa Williams and MPAA Chairman Christopher Dodd. L.A. mayoral candidates -- Wendy Greuel and Austin Beutner -- are also listed as sponsors.
Tickets range from $1,000 for cocktails to $12,500 for dinner.