Less than a month before the Iowa gatherings, Hillary Clinton returned to Los Angeles Thursday for another fundraiser, including an evening event attended by billionaire Warren Buffett.
The $ 2,700 per person event at the Bel Air home of City National Bank CEO Russell Goldsmith and his wife, producer Karen Mack Goldsmith, drew around 280 people including industry insiders like Barbra Streisand, Christina Aguilera, media mogul Haim Saban and music mogul Berry Gordy. Also in attendance were Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.); former White House economic advisor, Gene Sperling; Investor Sim Farar, member of the US Public Diplomacy Advisory Board; and fundraising advisor David Wolf.
Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, appeared early that evening at a smaller event for about 35 donors from a joint win fund that raised money for Clinton’s campaign, the Democratic National Committee, and the State Party committees.
Clinton and Buffett later appeared on stage together for questions and answers on questions and topics such as educational reform, economic growth, and support for Israel, according to one participant. Goldsmith, who introduced them, said the event raised about $ 1.5 million.
The Goldsmith event was the third of three Los Angeles fundraising drives in Clinton’s California swing. On Thursday afternoon, Clinton took part in a so-called town hall on a studio stage at Henson Studios in Hollywood, where children asked the questions. About 300 people attended, including Angela Bassett and Tony Goldwyn.
The event was hosted by Lisa Henson, CEO of Jim Henson Co., and her husband, David Pressler.
One of the questions asked, according to participants, was what Clinton would do about gender equality.
Clinton’s response was that the best she could do about becoming President of the United States. The comment met with applause before also pointing out the economic benefits of a more even distribution of leadership roles.
Another question was about common standards of basic education, and Clinton responded that, according to one participant, the program should not be upgraded but should not be discarded.
Henson Co. event tickets started at $ 500 per person, with different prices for those bringing their children – $ 1,000 for an adult and one child under 16 and $ 2,700 for two adults and children under 16.
On Thursday afternoon, Clinton also attended a fundraising lunch in the San Gabriel Valley hosted by Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif.
This was Clinton’s sixth visit to Los Angeles to raise funds since announcing her presidential offer.
A fundraiser said it has been easier to get donors to write checks, even at the $ 2,700 level, as the primaries approach and candidates like Donald Trump remain at the top of Republican polls.
“There really is a ‘she has to be elected’ mood now,” the fundraiser said.
Although Bernie Sanders broke records for the sheer number of donations to his campaign, Clinton raised far more from entertainment donors.
According to OpenSecrets.org, Clinton has raised $ 6.6 million from showbiz sources since her presidential bid was announced. Her campaign announced that it raised $ 112 million for the primary campaign last year, including $ 37 million in the fourth quarter.
Sanders’ campaign raised $ 73 million in 2015, including $ 33.3 million in the fourth quarter. He has raised nearly $ 150,000 from film, television, and music sources, according to OpenSecrets.
The Henson Co. event featured those who raised $ 10,000 or contributed $ 5,400 in primary dollars per family as the organizers. This included a family photo with Hillary for two adults and children under the age of 16.
At the event at the Goldsmiths, those who raised $ 10,000 were to get a photo with Clinton, and those who raised $ 50,000 were given a photo and access to a host’s reception.
Next week, Ohio governor John Kasich, who is running for the GOP nomination, is traveling to Los Angeles to raise funds at a $ 1,000 per person reception at the Soho House. Tuesday’s event will be hosted by investors such as Ron Burkle, Harry Sloan and Gary Winnick. Burkle was a longtime supporter of the Clintons but had an argument with Bill Clinton when an investment partnership went sour. He told the Los Angeles Times that he could still support the Clintons, but he was lukewarm in their campaign.
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