A little bit late today, but here goes it…
Mitt Romney raised money in Beverly Hills on Tuesday night, with about 400 people attending and what organizers said reaped more than $1 million for the campaign.
The $2,500-per-person event was heavy in Los Angeles business and finance executives and attorneys, but short in show biz names, as was expected. Romney’s supporters in entertainment include Harry Sloan and Terry Semel, and the campaign is eyeing a more show biz centric event early in the year. Obviously, a lot depends on Romney’s performance in the early voting primaries.
“He was very passionate. He came across different in person than you tend to see him on TV,” Sloan said. “…I thought he energized the crowd above expectations.”
The chairs of the $2,500-per-person event were Beth and Josh Friedman, Eva and Marc Stern and Tracy and Gene Sykes.
An Endorsement of Sorts: The Romney campaign has adopted Kid Rock’s “Born Free” as a campaign theme song, and the singer is fine with it.
Kid Rock responded with a post on his blog, “He and anyone else who wants to use my song do not need my permission. I said he could use it and I would say the same for any other candidate. I have to have a little faith that every candidate feels like he or she can help this country. Without faith, we got nothing. I make music to have it be heard. Merry Christmas folks! Rock on.
“PS: Any candidate who makes “So Hott” their theme song has a good chance of getting my vote.”
Longoria’s Tweet: Eva Longoria, a bundler for President Obama’s reelection campaign who also is a leader of efforts to woo Latino voters, got ahead of the curve and tweeted a dig at Newt Gingrich, with a link to Charles Blow’s New York Times column, “Newt’s War on Poor Children.” “@newtgingrich you clearly know little about the Latina community, Latina entrepreneurs who start businesses at 6 times the national average http://nyti.ms/vNKL52.”
Tonight: Jed Rigney has a pre-release party at Cafe Entourage for his documentary “Fools on the Hill,” in which he follows Jerrol LeBaron as he “sets iyt on a journey to make our politicians do the jobs they were hired to do.” Dean Cain and Ed Begley Jr. are featured in the project, which seems well timed for the Occupy Wall Street movement.