This is an off-year for elections, but the pace of candidates coming through Los Angeles for cash hasn’t ever really stopped.
Candidates just elected in November already have been in town to raise for their reelections.
There’s also one race that is more immediate: The special election to fill John Kerry’s Senate seat in Massachusetts. Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), the front-runner for the seat, is leaving nothing to chance in the April 30 special election. He’s scheduled for a March 24 event at the home of Alan and Cindy Horn that will feature Carole King. Tickets to the event start at $2,600 per person, and it already has drawn a long list of co-hosts including J.J. Abrams and Katie McGrath, Jeffrey and Marilyn Katzenberg and Lyn and Norman Lear.
Markey has extensive ties to the entertainment business, having served as a leading member of the House Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on telecommunications.
There’s also a big event lined up for Newark Mayor Cory Booker, running for the Senate in New Jersey, with a $5,000 per person event planned for April 25 at the home of Jerry Weintraub and Susan Ekins. More than a month away, the long list of hosts is a testament to Booker’s star power, with Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg signed up along with Bob Iger, Michael Lynton, Bruce Willis, Steve Bing and a who’s who of Warner Bros. leaders past and present: Barry Meyer, Kevin Tsujihara, Bruce Rosenblum, Jeff Robinov and Terry Semel.
Meanwhile, with an eye on 2014, other Senate candidates are raising in the next few weeks, including Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon), raising at an event on Friday at the home of Nancy Stephens and Rick Rosenthal; and Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), with a March 27 event at the home of San and Leah Fischer. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), elected last year, is headlining a breakfast at the home of Tom and Ellen Hoberman on March 28, but no donation is required.