That, and other news, in Wednesday’s Political Panorama.
Today offers the best evidence that Hollywood and Los Angeles donors have not yet been tapped out — it just seems that way — as Hillary Clinton and Rudolph Giuliani hold concurrent fund-raisers within just a few miles of each other.
It’s not the only time it will happen. Barack Obama and Bill Richardson are due back in Los Angeles on June 11. And Clinton will return on June 22 for a fund-raiser at the home of director Roland Emmerich. He hosted an event for her Senate re-election bid as well.
I’ve covered this before, but here’s a recap:
After co-hosting the February event for Obama, Steven Spielberg follows through on a promise to co-host an event for Clinton, this one at the Santa Monica home of Peter Chernin. Haim Saban also co-hosts. While Spielberg certainly is the star power, Chernin’s endorsement of Clinton is viewed as a big “get” among her Los Angeles fund-raisers, as he can tap into News Corp. connections. In the words of one organizer, compared to other studio execs, Chernin also has a lot more free reign to stay actively involved because the more he does, the more it balances News Corp. with conservative Rupert Murdoch at the top. (It also makes it all the more likely that one of the two of them will back a winner). Although he hosted a fund-raiser for Clinton’s Senate re-election campaign, Murdoch has stated publicly that he doubts that he would back her presidential bid. The man he likes: Newt Gingrich, who is not yet running.
Clinton then attends a much different fund-raiser at the Beverly Hills home of Brett Ratner, with a host committee that includes Eva Longoria, Penelope Cruz and Jeremy Piven, among many others. Ratner wants the fund-raiser to be fun — as it will be drawing a crowd not accustomed to the staid atmosphere of such things.
Just around the corner, Rudolph Giuliani holds a fund-raiser at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, with a host committee largely of non-industry figures but with Dennis Miller serving as the emcee of the evening.
Fairness Fondness: Patt Morrison hosts her KPCC-FM radio show from the Museum of Television & Radio with the topic being the Fairness Doctrine. Its been 20 years since the rule was abolished, paving the way for the heavily opinionated atmosphere in talk radio and cable news. Its easy to forget that there was a Fairness Doctrine: It required stations to give equal play to alternate points of view.
Salon On: Pamela and Jarl Mohn (formerly Lee Masters) host a salon at their Brentwood home on Thursday for the Everychild Foundation, this one focusing on kids and gangs in Los Angeles. Los Angeles city councilman Bill Rosendahl and attorney and gang expert Connie Rice are the guests.
Depp as Litvinenko: The widow of poisoned Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko says that Johnny Depp will play her husband in an upcoming film version of the murder. Marina Litvinenko was in Cannes for the unveiling of a new documentary on the circumstances of her husband’s death.
Affleck’s Rant: There was quite a bit of commotion over Ben Affleck’s appearance on “Real Time with Bill Maher” on Friday, in which he called Mitt Romney a “ken doll” yet predicted that he would get the GOP nomination. “The Mormonism thing is really suspect,” he added, “but they’ll take it at this point. I mean, who else do they have? Crazy (Rudy) Giuliani and (John) McCain who’s completely insane? They don’t have any other options.” He also aimed his fire at Democrats who voted for additional funding of U.S. troops in Iraq, charging that they were too fearful that President Bush would criticize them over the Memorial Day recess.
“Today” in Cuba: NBC’s “Today” visits Cuba next week, although there’s no word on whether they will get an interview with Castro.
Note: A correction was made to this post. The Giuliani fund-raiser is at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, not the Beverly Hills Hotel.