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Senatorhi_jeff_14147725_400_2 At some of last night’s political events, it’s hard to say what was more of a draw: The candidate, or the crowd.

Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani each were out raising money from Los Angeles contributors.

I don’t have Giuliani figures, but the word floating around was that the Clinton event at Brett Ratner’s home raised about $250,000 out of a total campaign take of $1 million on her trip this time. She earlier attended a fund-raiser at the home of Peter Chernin, co-hosted by Steven Spielberg and Haim Saban.

Ratner’s event was billed as “young Hollywood,” but you might want to revise that to say “young-ish,” at least compared to other political events. And it certainly wasn’t like Ratner’s recent cameo on “Entourage.”

Stars like Eric Dane, Rebecca Gayheart, Will.I.Am, Jeremy Piven, Angie Banicki, Michelle Trachtenberg, Brent Bolthouse, the RZA and Chris Klein mixed with Steve Bing, James Toback, Quincy Jones, Brian Grazer and Kevin Smith. New NBC chief Ben Silverman was Fanitapre_jeff_14147702_400 uncharacteristically consumed with pressing business, often eying and typing into his Blackberry. Absent were any gift bags — people asked — as the campaign forbids such gifts in violation of finance laws.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spoke briefly before Clinton delivered about 10 minutes of remarks to about 400 people from the veranda of Ratner’s home, called Hilhaven Lodge. She earlier met one on one with VIP paying guests inside the home, with Ratner insisting that guests take off their shoes. Ratner did deliver brief remarks on how great it was that so many younger people were getting involved.

Clinton talked quite a bit about health care and her proposals, and when it looked as if an overhead light fixture was about to fall and injure someone, she quipped about not wanting to have someone face the insurance system. All was fine, though. Clinton did not talk about Iraq in her remarks to the crowd, according to observers.Jamestoba_jeff_14147704_400

One of the fund-raisers for the event, Christina Martin of Equity Strategic Relations, said that she got involved in the event because, as a professional woman, Clinton is an inspirational figure. And on the issues, “we are basically on the same page.”

Over at the Beverly Hilton Hotel (I flubbed up by saying Beverly Hills Hotel in earlier posts), Rudolph Giuliani spoke about health care (comparing his approach to Clinton’s and Barack Obama’s), terrorism and the economy to about 550 people. Radio hosts Ken and John opened up the event, followed by short Ericdane_jeff_14147711_400_2 speeches by Bill Simon and Brillstein Grey’s Jon Liebman and an intro from Dennis Miller. Among those attending from the industry were Paramount’s Rob Moore and Brillstein Grey’s Sandy Wernick.

Photos from top: Clinton speaks from Ratner’s veranda; Clinton and Villaraigosa inside Hilhaven; James Toback, Brett Ratner, Brian Grazer and Steve Bing; Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart.

From Jeff Vespa/WireImage.

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