Mitt Romney’s trek to Los Angeles on Thursday included a visit with Nancy Reagan, where he won her endorsement, along with two fundraisers, including a reception at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
The B.H. Hotel event was not billed as Hollywood centric, but the candidate did take note of show biz figures in the crowd. Among those present: Jon Voight and Scott Baio, as well as entertainment attorney Bruce Ramer, comedian Tom Dreeson and writer-director Lionel Chetwynd.
“There’s people I know who have gone against the tide to support me in this effort, getting on my bandwagon very early, even some Hollywood folks,” Romney said, per the Los Angeles Times.
There’s been some talk, among former MGM chief Harry Sloan and others, of organizing a show biz-centric Hollywood event for the candidate at some point during the campaign, but none is scheduled. A challenge is that Romney does not have nearly the connections to the industry that the last GOP nominee, John McCain, did.
Either way, the dynamics of Hollywood fundraising show little sign of changing, with Obama and Democratic candidates greatly outpacing their counterparts. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, President Obama has raised $2.1 million from show biz sources and Romney has raised $372,000. The figures are as of the end of April.