No surprise that a big chunk of Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s campaign funds included money from Hollywood donors.
Feinstein says that her treasury may be “wiped out” by longtime treasurer Kindee Durkee, accused of fraud in the handling of the funds of campaigns of California Democrats. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, her top 10 sources of funds included IATSE, Sony and the Walt Disney Co.
One of her biggest industry events was a fund-raiser in February at the home of Disney CEO Bob Iger, in which she and other Democratic candidates raised money. Co-hosts at the event included Fox’s Jim Gianopoulos, Paramount’s Brad Grey, Warner Bros.’ Barry Meyer, Universal’s Ron Meyer, Viacom’s Philippe Dauman and other execs including the DGA’s Jay Roth and director Paris Barclay.
Of great concern to the campaign is how she gets the money back, with campaign laws limiting the amount that donors can give to a candidate in any one cycle, per the Orange County Register.
Jackie O: Caroline Kennedy says that her daughters were “absolutely horrified” by Jacqueline kennedy’s view in 1964 that “women should never enter politics.” But Caroline Kennedy, promoting the release of audio recordings of an interview that her mother gave to Arthur Schlesinger, she cautions that the tapes are a “snapshot” of a moment in time. “There are flashes throughout where I hear her and there are parts to me where it sounds like it was a very long time ago, just the way she speaks and the things she said,” Caroline Kennedy tells ABC News.
J. Edgar: Clint Eastwood says that his “J. Edgar” project will not focus on whether J. Edgar Hoover was gay and instead will be left to the audience to interpret. “It’s not a movie about two gay guys. It’s a movie about how this guy manipulated everybody around him and managed to stay on through nine presidents. I mean, I don’t give a crap if he was gay or not.” He also says he “doesn’t give a f— about who wants to get married to anybody else.” (Towleroad, via GQ and USA Today).
Bachmann, Late Night: Michele Bachmann will be a guest on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on Friday.
Headline of the Day: “The Cheneys Make the Case for Marriage Equality.” (The Advocate).
Vid of the Day: Jon Stewart on the latest Republican debate.