The Los Angeles crowd that showed up for Mitt Romney's fundraiser at the Century Plaza Hotel on Tuesday was about twice as big as his last fete, with about 600 donors helping the campaign reap an estimated $1.5 million.
That's according to Harry Sloan, chairman and CEO of Golden Eagle Acquisition Corp. and one of the GOP front runner's show biz fundraisers. Also at the event were Terry Semel, former chairman and co-CEO of Warner Bros., and producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
"We're starting to pick up a lot more Hollywood support, and we will continue to pick up more too," said Sloan, who said that a showbiz-centric event is in the works for after Romney secures the nomination.
The $2,500-per-person event was dominated by donors from finance, legal and other professions, as well as political figures from the state. Former California governor Pete Wilson introduced Romney, and the candidate gave a shout out to composer and record producer David Foster, who also was there. Foster worked with Romney on the ceremonies for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
Sloan said that the talk among donors was "let's wrap this up," as the longer-than-expected primary has shifted attention and resources from the general election. Polls show Romney's position improving against Rick Santorum, while Newt Gingrich is scaling back his campaign and Ron Paul has struggled in the amassing of delegates.
Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC: Romney on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" Tuesday.