Who's attending Jerry Brown's Soho House bash?
See the star-studded list of who paid $25,000 to be part of Thursday's glamorous soiree in West Hollywood.
Democratic bigwigs might gripe about a lack of energy within their party nowadays, but judging from the guest list for a Thursday fundraiser for Jerry Brown, there's plenty of progressive heat in Hollywood.
Famous for supporting liberal candidates, the entertainment industry's elite will pack the glamorous, members-only Soho House in West Hollywood for a $5,000-a-person soiree with Brown, who is running to replace California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Event chairs for Thursday's shindig are Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen, along with Katzenberg's wife, Marilyn, and Spielberg's wife, Kate Capshaw.
The original DreamWorks trio earned reputations for throwing must-be-invited-to political galas, like in 2007, when they hosted a party for then-Sen. Barack Obama, much to the chagrin of then-Sen. Hillary Clinton.
Although Spielberg is listed as a "chair" for Thursday's event, organizers weren't sure Tuesday whether he'll attend.
Event "co-chairs," who paid $25,000 apiece for the privilege, include George Lucas, J.J. Abrams, Annette Bening and Warren Beatty, Carole Bayer Sager and Bob Daly, Ari and Sarah Emanuel, Alan and Cindy Horn, Sid Sheinberg, Steve Tisch, Casey and Laura Wasserman and Susan Harris and Paul Junger Witt. Although not on the original invitation, Disney became a late co-chair.
Other attendees deemed "sponsors" are paying $10,000 apiece; those include Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Leslie Mann and Judd Apatow, Lyn and Norman Lear, Sherry Lansing, Peter Chernin and video game maker Activision Blizzard.
Organizers weren't talking about the event, but it's safe to assume that Brown will raise at least $700,000 from it, money that should come in handy in his race against better-funded Republican Meg Whitman.
Brown has raised $27.5 million from donors and Whitman only $19 million, but Whitman has infused her campaign coffers with $91 million of her own fortune.
Brown, not surprisingly, is the choice among donors who work in entertainment. Not including the event scheduled Thursday, he has raised $418,855 from those in the TV and movie production and distribution business, according to the National Institute on Money in State Politics. Whitman, on the other hand, has raised $153,950 from the TV and film industries.
Whitman does, though, count among her donors her former employer Disney, which gave her $9,200 before shelling out $25,000 to co-chair Thursday's event benefiting her challenger.
Whitman, the former CEO of eBay, also has the support of Internet companies AOL and Yahoo. Other donors include DirecTV, EchoStar, Comcast, Fox Group and Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Among Brown's biggest supporters is recording industry executive Herb Alpert and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, each of whom has donated the maximum $51,800.