While the gubernatorial contest has not excited Hollywood’s political players nearly as much as the 2004 presidential campaign or this year’s Congressional mid-terms, both candidates for the Democratic nomination, Phil Angelides and Steve Westly, are counting on support at the polls today from the entertainment industry.
Westly, a former eBay exec who is the state controller, was introduced to Hollywood early in the campaign by former Paramount chair Sherry Lansing. Among those who’ve subsequently given support to his bid include Haim Saban and producer Jordan Kerner.
Westly has also been supported by his old eBay colleague, Jeff Skoll who has lately turned his attention to film via his Participant Prods. banner, which was behind pics like “Good Night, and Good Luck” and “Syriana.”
Last Thursday, Angelides marshaled celebs Larry David, Ed Begley Jr., and Dana Delaney for a get-out-the-vote rally held in Manhattan Beach. The state treasurer has also received campaign funds from Rob Reiner, who has enlisted him in the campaign for Prop. 82, a universal pre-school initiative also on today’s ballot.
With Reiner using his Hollywood connections, that fight has probably been more a focus for Hollywood’s political set. Among those writing checks in favor of the plan are Warner Bros.’ Alan Horn and Barry Meyer, Revolution’s Joe Roth and DreamWorks founders Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen, as well as their newly hired CEO Stacey Snider.
Other donors include Air America host Al Franken, thesps Martin Sheen, Candice Bergen and Billy Crystal.