Hillary Clinton Raises $3 Million In One-Day Trip to L.A.
Three Hollywood-organized events underscore the industry's support for presidential candidates campaign.
By the time she finishes her fundraising visit to Los Angles later on Thursday night, Hillary Clinton will have amassed an astonishing $3 million for her presidential campaign from just three stops.
The day's richest haul came from an evening event at the Beverly Hills home of Haim and Cheryl Saban, where a $2,700-per-head crowd of 700 contributed $1.9 million. A fundraising lunch in the Pacific Palisades raised more than $810,000 for the Democratic frontrunner and a morning event topped $270,000.
As expected, the Saban event, which was co-hosted by Casey Wasserman and wife Laura, drew a number of Hollywood heavyweights, including Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer, Peter Chernin, super agent Patrick Whitesell, Lionsgate’s Rob Friedman and producer Mike Medavoy. Also mingling in the crowd were former L.A Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, former Gov. Gray Davis, Larry King, Stevie Wonder, actor Bradley Whitford and longtime Clinton friend Mary Steenburgen.
Meanwhile, at the midday gathering at the Pacific Palisades home of Steven and Dayna Bochco and co-chaired by Sim and Debra Farar, attendees included Norman Lear, Diane Lander Simon, Neil’s ex, actor Mike Manning, 2 Broke Girls’ Beth Behrs, producer Chuck Lorre, Democratic Rep. Karen Bass, newly elected Rep. Ted Lieu and Homeland’s Howard Gordon and wife Cami. Farar, who spoke to the group, was the finance chair of Clinton’s unsuccessful 2008 presidential campaign.
Sen. Barbara Boxer introduced Clinton, who spent a bit more than 15 minutes answering guests’ queries during a wide-ranging question-and-answer session. Clinton joked that “If I get to be president, I can tell you without fear of contradiction that if elected, you will never see my hair turn white in the White House. I’ve dyed it my whole life.”
She also addressed the issue of income inequality and her granddaughter Charlotte. As president, she said, she would work to “give all the people in this country the same opportunities my granddaughter would have.” Clinton also described how she has been inspired by her working-class mother, Dorothy.
The former First Lady, senator and Secretary of State also touched on mental health and educational policy issues and the problems of mass incarceration—particularly of minority men—as well as the Middle East and the threat posed by the Islamic State.
Earlier in the day, Clinton attended a $2,700-per-person fundraiser at the Westwood home of activist Catherine Unger. Attendees at the Los Angeles-area events said they could feel a renewed sense of energy in Clinton, and in the crowd of supporters who came out to see her. "She was amazing," said CAA agent Darnell Strom, who attended the Saban fundraiser. "(She was) comfortable in a way I haven't seen before.”
As she did during a fundraising swing through the Bay Area on Wednesday, the Democratic frontrunner is expected to meet with potential donors to her party’s Super Pac, Priorities USA. The group is now staffed with Clinton loyalists and the candidate is taking the unprecedented step of personally soliciting support from deep-pocketed contributors.
Friday, Clinton plans to return to Northern California for another fundraiser at the Portola Valley home of eBay CEO John Donahoe and his wife, Eileen, a former ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council.