I am back after a couple days away to move — which is a harrowing and joyful process all rolled up into one.
An item from when I was away: President Obama returns to Los Angeles for a fund-raising swing on Sept. 26, when he’ll raise money at an event at the House of Blues (where I presume there will be some kind of opening act). Tickets start at $250 per person.
He’ll also be at Fig & Olive on Melrose Place for a reception and dinner, with tickets priced at $35,800 per couple. The contributions will go to the Obama Victory Fund, a joint fund-raising committee in which the first $5,000 goes to Obama’s re-election campaign and the next $30,800 goes to the Democratic National Committee.
It’s not surprise that Obama is returning after a successful stop in April. The industry has been among the most reliable and loyal sources of campaign cash for the President and for Democrats, even if figures like Matt Damon, Bill Maher and Michael Moore have been vocal in their expressions of disappointment. This next trip out west will be a test to see how it has all held up after a tumultuous summer, but if the past is any guide, it will.
So far this cycle, Los Angeles is the largest metro area to support the Obama Victory Fund, about 13% of the total, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Hollywood sources have so far contributed $2.5 million to the Victory Fund, or about 6.5 percent of the total. Top donors in showbiz include employees of Comcast, CAA and DreamWorks.
Overall, Hollywood is again leaning heavily toward to Democrats, giving some $6.1 million to Republicans $2.4 million, or a split of about 72% to 28%, according to CRP. That is on par with the 2010 cycle.
The figures do not include contributions to outside groups, those that operate outside official candidate committees. Among the heavy hitters to Republican-leaning groups are Jerry Perenchio, the former chairman of Univision, who gave $2 million to American Crossroads earlier this year. Meanwhile, Jeffrey Katzenberg gave $2 million to Priorities USA Action, a Democratic org that is working to reelect Obama.
One big note: The word of Obama’s event was broken by Tina Daunt at the Hollywood Reporter. It’s great to see her back on the beat — and it means that things are really ramping up for 2012.