She hasn’t officially thrown her hat in the 2016 Presidential ring but Hillary Clinton is already out there raising money from Hollywood. The former Secretary of State and presumed Democratic candidate is the marquee name for a $15,000-a-ticket fundraiser on October 30 at the Beverly Hills home of Haim Saban and his wife Cheryl, according to an invite that went out this week. Selling tickets individually or for $25,000 a couple, the lunch on the day before Halloween lunch is actually for former DNC chair and longtime Clinton pal Terry McAuliffe’s Virginia Governor bid. With that election on November 5, Clinton and her husband Bill Clinton have a number of McAuliffe events scheduled in the next week, and on Monday the DNC sent out a McAuliffe donation solicitation email from Bill Clinton. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is lining up Hollywood support if she makes her widely expected 2016 decision to run. Deep-pocket donors like Saban, Peter Chernin, and Jeffrey Katzenberg as well as the likes of Steven Spielberg and JJ Abrams have pledged financial support to a Clinton 2016 campaign once it is made official, sources say. Chernin, Katzenberg, Spielberg and Abrams were all hefty financial backers of President Obama, both in the 2012 election and in the lead-up to next year’s mid-terms.
In terms of Hillary and Hollywood, the host of the October 30 event is telling: Close to the Clintons since the 1990s, Saban was a big and early backer of Hillary’s unsuccessful 2008 Presidential campaign. Among various activities on her behalf, he and Spielberg co-hosted a fundraiser for then-Sen. Clinton at then-News Corp exec Chernin’s home in June 2007 that netted $850,000. Continuing his support through the primaries, Saban also was publicly pro-Hillary when the Super Delegate jockeying between Clinton and then-Sen. Obama got testy.
The fundraiser at Saban’s home won’t be the only big-ticket Clinton event over the next month. The former First Lady is scheduled to speak at the International Medical Corp gala at the Beverly Wilshire on November 8. Katzenberg and Spielberg are among the hosts of that event, where among the almost 800 people attending several have donated $100,000 to the nonprofit — donors that Clinton will likely want to call on soon.
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