Hollywood’s Democratic donors may be only now recovering from the last presidential election, but the next political cycle is already getting under way.
Tonight, Sen. Hillary Clinton will swing through town for a blitz of high-profile entertainment fund-raisers.
Her big-ticket campaign event (minimum contribution: $1,000) takes place at the home of Warner Bros. chief operating officer Alan and Cindy Horn, longtime Clinton supporters, and is hosted by the familiar circle of Hollywood Democrats including Lyn and Norman Lear, Michele and Rob Reiner, Carol and Frank Biondi and Jennifer Perry and Andy Spahn.
Event at the Horns’ was originally scheduled for earlier this year but was canceled after former President Clinton suffered complications from his heart surgery.
A latenight, lower-cost shindig ($125 gets you in) to be held at helmer Roland Emmerich’s Hollywood Hills residence is being hosted by an eclectic mix of younger people newer to politics. Among the co-hosts are Lindsay Lohan, Jake Gyllenhaal, Scarlett Johansson and Christina Aguilera.
Also among this latter group are “Dodgeball” helmer Rawson Thurber, Appian Way prexy Brad Simpson, reality TV producer Stuart Krasnow, 2929 Prods. prexy Marc Butan, political consultant Chad Griffin and Fingerprint Communications’ Marissa Knies.
The two Clinton events are raising money for her 2006 Senate re-election bid, but with the impression widespread that she has greater political aspirations, the trip is also seen as laying groundwork for a 2008 presidential bid.
In between, she will also stop by a dinner with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and hosted by Mary and Norm Pattiz to collect money for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
On beaten path
Clinton follows a string of other Democrats oft mentioned as presidential contenders who have come to L.A. to glad-hand and collect checks. These include Sens. John Kerry, Joe Biden and Evan Bayh; Gen. Wesley Clark; and Govs. Mark Warner of Virginia and Bill Richardson of New Mexico.
Not all the celebs playing host are brand new to politics.
Last summer, before the 2004 presidential contest got into full swing, Gyllenhaal starred in Emmerich’s “The Day After Tomorrow,” which was embraced by former Vice President Al Gore and advocacy group MoveOn.org to boost awareness about global warming.
The latenight event has been sold out for days. A campaign rep declined comment: “We don’t comment on private events.”