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With the November midterm elections less than a month away, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are back in Los Angeles this week to raise more Hollywood cash amid concerns that the Democrats could lose their majority in the U.S. Senate.
Biden will arrive this afternoon for an evening cocktail reception with Nancy Pelosi at the Brentwood mansion of Fox Filmed Entertainment chief Jim Gianopoulos. The event, called “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds,” is being co-hosted by Jeffrey Katzenberg, Peter Chernin, Barry Meyer, Hope Warschaw, John Law and James L. Brooks. (The event will include a special performance by Carole King.)
Obama, meanwhile, arrives on Thursday for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser hosted by Gwyneth Paltrow, with tickets ranging from $1,000 to $32,400 per person. An email sent to Hollywood donors on Sunday warned that lower-cost tickets for “the reception, preferred reception and VIP guest levels are all now wait-listed.” However, the email noted, there is still room for those willing to “write $32,400 per guest or raise $60,000” to mingle with Paltrow and the president. (Also included: a photo with Obama, dinner and a personalized invitation.)
For high rollers who want to avoid the hoi polloi at the Paltrow event, restaurateur Michael Chow and wife Eva Chow have agreed to host a “smaller-venue” reception with Obama at their home on Friday morning. “This is a 20 person candid discussion with President Obama and is an opportunity for guests to ask questions of the president,” noted an email sent to Westside Democrats. Tickets are selling for $15,000 per person.
For Hollywood politicos seeking a little variety on the fundraising scene this season, Hillary Clinton will be in town on Oct. 20 for a Democratic Senatorial Campaign fundraiser co-hosted by Katzenberg and Casey Wasserman. The event is considered a prelude to Clinton’s expected entry into the 2016 presidential race.
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