Hillary Clinton returned to Los Angeles on Wednesday for her fifth fundraising swing since launching her presidential race, starting with one of her largest Hollywood events yet, at the Beverly Hills home of Christina Aguilera and fiance Matthew Rutler.
The event raised an estimated $1 million, according to attendance figures from campaign sources. All three events she is holding in L.A. during her visit were expected to bring in about $2 million.
Among those at the event: Katie Holmes, Gloria Allred and Matthew Bellamy, the lead singer of Muse, Irving Azoff and Randall Emmett, according to attendees who were there.
About 400 people attended the sold out event, and Aguilera performed. A Great Big World opened, and she sang a duet of “Say Something” with them. She also sang “Beautiful.”
After being introduced by Aguilera and Rutler following the mini-concert, Clinton quipped, “Does this mean I have to sing?”
She got some of her biggest cheers when she talked of gun violence and legislation to address it, according to an attendee.
Also on tap on her visit is an appearance on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Thursday, completing a tour of broadcast network late-night shows that started with “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and was followed by “Late Show With Stephen Colbert.”
Those who raised $10,000 got four tickets to the Aguilera event, according to an invite. Among the co-hosts of the event were CAA’s Michael Kives and Darnell Strom.
On Thursday morning, Rob and Michele Reiner will hold a conversation at their Brentwood home, with tickets starting at $500. Those who donate $2,700 will get a photo with Clinton, and those who raise $27,000 will get access to a host reception. The event is sold out and registration is closed.
That afternoon, Clinton will attend another event, at the Hancock Park home of Joe Waz and Cynthia Telles, with tickets starting at $1,000 per person. A ticket of $2,700 includes a photo with Clinton, and those who raise $27,000 will get access to a host reception.
On Friday, Kives is hosting Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook for an event at his home, with Zach Braff and Kate Hudson as co-hosts. Tickets start at $250 per person. Clinton will not be there. The host committee also includes the Saban Family Foundation’s Alex De Ocampo, Democratic strategists Michael Trujillo and Bill Burton and political consultant David Wolf.