The New York Timesbreaks the story that Meg Whitman invested $1 million in political consultant Mike Murphy’s production company, in what her primary opponent Steve Poizner’s campaign saw as a way to raid their talent pool.
Whitman’s 2008 investment appeared on campaign disclosure forms filed earlier this year.
From the Times: “Mr. Murphy has long harbored Hollywood aspirations. He is a member of the Writers Guild of America, West, and is represented by an agent at Creative Artists Agency. Mr. Murphy even maintains an office on the Paramount Pictures lot in Hollywood, and recently sold a script to HBO for a show on political consultants that is in development but has not yet been greenlighted, HBO says.
“Mr. Murphy’s movie production company, however, clearly remains in its infancy, with no credits to its name.
“Nevertheless, Scott Kaufer, a friend of Mr. Murphy’s who is an executive producer of a new show on TNT, “Memphis Beat,” said he first met Mr. Murphy about three years ago and was so impressed that he invited him to work on a script together.
““I rank Murphy’s talent and his instinct at the highest rung,” Mr. Kaufer said.”