Michelle Obama will be in Los Angeles on June 13 to raise money for her husband’s reelection. The First Lady is scheduled to appear at a cocktail reception at the home of designer Michael Smith and HBO executive James Costos, sources say. Further details will be announced. Obama also will attend a luncheon event in Pasadena. The First Lady chose Smith as decorator shortly before the Obamas moved into the White House in 2009. A profile of Smith and Costos’ home appeared in Elle Decor later that year. Tickets to the event will start at $1,000 per person.
Anti-Piracy Bill: This morning the most unpopular person in Hollywood (or at least among studio moguls and unions chiefs) is Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), who put a “hold” on anti-piracy legislation aimed at curbing overseas that traffic in pirated content. The bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously on Thursday.
Bloomberg Vs. Comcast: Bloomberg LP says that Comcast isn’t abiding by conditions of its acquistion of NBCUniversal. In response, Comcast says that Bloomberg is misinterpreting the FCC’s condition, which says that the cabler has to cluster all news channels in the same “neighborhood” of its channel lineup.
Corporate Cash: A federal judge in Virginia has ruled that the federal ban on corporations giving directly to candidates is unconstitutional. If the ruling holds in higher courts, it would ease restrictions on corporate giving to candidates even further. The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision allowed corporations to contribute money expressly advocating for or against the election of a candidate, but stopped short of allowing companies to give directly to a candidate’s campaign committee.
From DC: Joe and Mika were among those feting Chris Licht at his book party on Thursday. More highlights here. Photo: Bruce Vartan Boyajian/Haddad Media.
Next Week: The post-Memorial Day recess also means a flurry of fund-raising in Hollywood. Among those raising money is Al Franken (D-Minn.), who hosts a $5,000-per-person luncheon at Spago on June 3 for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Ron Burkle hosts a fund-raiser for Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) at his home on Thursday (June 2), with tickets starting at $1,000 per person. Also raising money next week in industry circles is Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), facing releection in what is destined to be a tight race.