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Jerry Brown’s Million-Dollar Evening

Sources say Jerry Brown raised more than $1.25 million tonight at an entertainment-centric fund-raiser at West Hollywood’s Soho House, chaired by the DreamWorks trio of Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen.

The event, in a private room with sweeping views of the Los Angeles basin, was among the most lucrative fund-raisers for Brown in his bid for governor, with a list of co-chairs and sponsors heavy in studio executives and other industry figures long active in Democratic politics. Tickets started at $5,000 per person, with co-chairs writing checks or raising $25,000.

Spielberg was not present, but Geffen and Katzenberg were. The latter introduced Brown, who spoke for about 20 minutes but did not take questions.

According to sources who were there, Brown delivered many of the same points that he has on the stump, with a streaming speaking style interspersed with quotes from such figures as Robert Frost. He talked of his California roots and his experience, even with the minutia of government. He made reference to being an “unpredictable person” who could work well with other “unpredictable people.”

He also talked about his appreciation for the creative community, and noted the growth of the entertainment industry since he was last governor from 1975 to 1983. He noted the importance of the industry to the economy and of luring production back to the state.

Those attending included Alan Horn, Jonathan Dolgen, Skip Brittenham, Lynda and Stewart Resnick, Berry Gordy, Casey Wasserman, Steven Bochco and Casey Wasserman.

Brown is leading in the polls, and while there was a good feeling about his prospects, there also was a realization of the importance of turnout in early and absentee voting and on Nov. 2, sources said.

The list of chairs and sponsors on the invite to the event included Warren Beatty and Annette Bening, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson and Tom Ford. As is often the case, many donors contribute but do not attend the event itself.

The DreamWorks trio also hosted an event in November, 2009, that raised about $1 million for Brown’s campaign.

 

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