Hollywood Gives Big to LA Mayoral Race
Hollywood heavy-weights have entered Los Angeles' mayoral race in a big way, helping propel both City Controller Wendy Greuel and former Council President Eric Garcetti past the $1 million fundraising mark.
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Greuel, a former DreamWorks executive, raised more than $1.1 million for her mayoral bid in 2011, according to campaign finance reports. Greuel received donations from Steven Spielberg, David Geffen, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Mariska Hargitay, J.J. Abrams, Zach Horowitz, Leonard Nimoy, Sherri Disney, Haim and Cheryl Saban, Candy Spelling and Wendy James, a campaign spokesman said Monday evening.
Meanwhile Garcetti, whose district includes much of Hollywood, raised more than $1 million in just four months. He had more than 70 fundraisers, a number of them hosted by members of the entertainment industry, including Steven Bochco and Sony exec. Eric Paquette. Garcetti's list of donors will be released Tuesday, the city's deadline for campaign filings.
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Hollywood traditionally takes a hands off attitude towards Los Angeles city politics, but this race is shaping up differently, in part because both Greuel and Garcetti have close ties to the entertainment industry.
Councilwoman Jan Perry, meanwhile, brought in $827,000 for her bid. No word yet on how much Austin Beutner raised.