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Hollywood Prepares to Shower Hillary Clinton With Love, Support, and Giant Bags of Money

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Ted Johnson reports: It may be at least a year before Hillary Clinton announces if she will run for president in 2016, but in the next few weeks, her presence in Los Angeles and Hollywood may be as busy as her last bid for the White House.

On Wednesday, she is scheduled to headline a $15,000-per-person fundraising luncheon for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe at the home of media mogul Haim Saban and his wife Cheryl. That evening, she is scheduled to speak at the environmental org Oceana’s Partners Award Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, with a long list of politically active entertainment figures among those who are chairing the event. Read the rest of this entry »

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Donor Fatigue: Obama Visits Peter Chernin’s Home for High-Dollar Fundraiser

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President Obama trekked to Santa Monica on Friday, speaking to a gathering of entertainment executives and politicos at the home of Peter Chernin and his wife, Megan.The event, with tickets starting at $10,000 and rising to $32,400, was a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee.

Among those who attended were director J.J. Abrams and his wife Katie McGrath, actress Laura Innes, Walt Disney Co. CEO Robert Iger, HBO’s Mike Lombardo and partner Sonny Ward, and Haim Saban. Also present were Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti, and Rep. Karen Bass. Read the rest of this entry »