Hillary Clinton Hollywood Fundraiser Nets $2.1M for Democrats
Tickets to the Brentwood dinner featuring Clinton sold for $32,400 per person, but donors were also given the option of contributing up to $211,200 to the Democrats' Grassroots Victory Project 2014 in a last-minute push to beat the Republicans
Former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton's ultra-elite Hollywood fundraiser at Tavern restaurant in Brentwood on Monday raised $2.1 million for Democrats in tight Senate races, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Tickets for the dinner, co-hosted by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg, sold for $32,400 per person, but donors were also given the option of contributing up to $211,200 to the Grassroots Victory Project 2014, a joint fundraising committee authorized by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee to benefit candidates around the country, making the fundraiser the largest of the season.
In April, a U.S. Supreme Court decision struck down campaign contribution limits that prevented donors from giving more than $123,200 to candidates, political party committees and political action committees per two-year election cycle. The decision also nixed limits on contributions to parties and PACs, making way for super-sized joint fundraising committees, like the Grassroots Victory Project.
According to campaign finance reports, Grassroots raised $1.3 million during the July through September reporting period, with Boston-based investor Ian Simmons accounting for the single largest donation of $150,000. Now, with Hollywood's deep pockets focused on the group, expect the names of industry bigwigs to turn up in the next filing.
An invitation to the Clinton event, obtained by THR, singled out a number of Hollywood favorites as beneficiaries. They included Kentucky candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, Georgia candidate Michelle Nunn, West Virginia candidate Natalie Tennant, Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, Alaska Sen. Mark Begich, Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor and North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan.
The event's lengthy list of co-chairs included Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn and his wife, Cindy, Casey and Laura Wasserman, and LiveNation CEO Michael Rapino and wife Jolene Blalock. Also attending the event were Cameron Diaz, Eva Longoria and Jim Parsons.
Katzenberg introduced Clinton to a crowd of about 60 people at Tavern, where the former secretary of state talked about the importance of keeping a Democratic majority in the Senate to implement immigration reform and other key Obama initiatives. Although Clinton did not specifically talk about whether she would seek election in 2016, people in the room treated her like she was already running, according to one source.